Gathering Nature is both Natasha Lloyd BSc (Hons) NIMH AOF and Rachel Simmons BSc (Hons) NIMH. We are both qualified and experienced Medical Herbalists and Foragers, based in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland and in Houston, Texas.
Medical Herbalist and Forager - Natasha Lloyd BSc (Hons) MNIMH AOF

My passion for plants started young with gardening and discussions with my Mum, and a well thumbed copy of A Modern Herbal by Mrs Grieves. I still use that book today. This childhood inspiration has fuelled a lifetimes research and avid study.

I have been practicing for eight years as a medical herbalist, and have been teaching foraging for over 20 years, Gathering Nature is the culmination of experience in this fascinating subject.

Currently working with Hauser and Wirth I have been given creative freedom to devise a range of herbal cocktails for their hotel at The Fife Arms Braemar where I am employed as the in-house forager.  I have also produced a product line of foraged condiments, cosmetic products and I also conduct a range bespoke creative workshops and teaching sessions which enrich an understanding and foster a connection to nature.

Trained at the College of Phytotherapy and then at the University of East London. Awarded a BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine in 2013.

Member of National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

Member of the Association of Foragers.

Email - gatheringnature@gmail.com  Phone - 07770 894412


Medical Herbalist and Forager - Rachel Simmons BSc (Hons) MNIMH

For most of my life, I have been passionate about plants, exploring nature, and herbal medicine. Outdoors, I love discovering both new and familiar plants. Indoors, I enjoy spending time cooking and creating various herbal products. 

I have studied the art and science of herbal medicine since 1998. After an initial apprenticeship along the Gulf Coast of the United States, several years later I decided to further my studies in the UK. Natasha and I met whilst studying with the College of Phytotherapy, in Battle, outside of Hastings, and we quickly became friends. From Hastings to London, and from New Orleans to the Highlands of Scotland, our shared passion for plants and friendship has grown and endured. Although we live on two different continents at the moment, modern technology means we can work together.

Trained at both the College of Phytotherapy and the University of East London, I was awarded a BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine degree in 2010. The National Institute of Medical Herbalists also awarded me the Arthur Barker prize for second best final clinical examination in the UK. 

Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

Email - gatheringnature@gmail.com