Heather Irvine
Communications Department
LocationBoston, MA
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After a ten year run of success as a small brand herbal product maker, Giving Tree Botanicals, as which she grew, gathered and processed hundreds of species of medicinal plants in the gardens, meadows, forests and farm houses of Vermont, for her tincture line, Heather took a leap of faith and moved to Boston Massachusetts. Here she sees herself delving more fully into leading herbal education services for herb students, consumers and health care practitioners, reaching more people and deepening her knowledge of the science of herbalism. Her personal approach to herbal learning is guided by the wisdom and experience of herbalists and other inquirers who came before and invested in focusing on new information which may help us postulate about how herbs work and help us answer some of the trickier questions in herbalism. She has taught several for-credit classes in Herbalism after being invited on as part time faculty in the Wellness and Alternative Medicine major at Johnson State College in Vermont and she leads the class, 'Medicinal Actions & Chemistry' for first year students at The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a school she was a student of in its first years of operation starting in 2007. Her other educational background includes a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, 2005, which she earned concurrent to studying with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, 2003 & 2004.