Health Disclaimer and Educational Statement

Gathering Nature

Health Disclaimer

The content on our website (the “Website”) and within the School’s online courses is for educational purposes only.

Although we try our utmost to provide useful and accurate information, you are responsible for researching and verifying any information before relying on it.  We are trained herbalists; we are not medical doctors.  We may recommend or suggest medicinal herbs for various health complaints, as we believe in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine however, please note that our staff cannot provide you with personal health advice and you should always consult your doctor before following any recommendations or suggestions.

Students and Website users are invited to discuss health-related topics in the public and private forums, bulletin boards, or blog posts and to provide their own insights and experiences. However, the comments of students and Website users are subjective and do not represent the opinion of the School.  No forum post or website comment should be considered health advice.  You are responsible for consulting a medical professional before trying any new herb or remedy mentioned on the Website or any related forum.

The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. You are responsible for your own health. 

As with conventional medicine, herbal medicine is vast and complex, and must be used responsibly. People react differently to different remedies. Some herbs are contraindicated with certain pharmaceutical drugs. Further, some helpful herbs may be confused with harmful and/or deadly substances. There are many plants and mushrooms that can make you sick, or are deadly poisonous. Be absolutely sure of your identification before you harvest any plant or mushroom. Additionally, sometimes a new food, even properly identified, can cause an unusual reaction – ranging from gastric intolerance to a full-blown allergy. It is your responsibility to make sure you are harvesting the correct plant or mushroom and it is your choice to try any new food. We cannot be and are not responsible for incorrect identification or reactions to plants or fungi.

You are responsible for your own choices.  This includes but is not limited to the ingestion, application, or other use of alcohol or any poisonous, toxic, or allergenic substance. In the event that you are not of legal age to consume alcohol, the School recommends that you refrain from the purchase, consumption, or use of alcohol in your studies.  If you elect to disregard such recommendation, you do so at your own risk, and the School accepts no liability relating to or arising from your activities.

The School cannot predict how a remedy will work for you.  Always refer to your doctor for questions about your health.

Gathering Nature and the hosts of the Website accept no responsibility for, and exclude all liability in connection with, browsing and use of information on the Website including downloading material and our exclusion of liability extends to but is not limited to any liability for errors, inaccuracies, omissions or misleading or defamatory statements used, for example, in the provided forums and our social media platforms.

Whilst we hope you find the contents of the Website informative and we assert the efficacy and safety of botanical medicine in health and curative interventions, the contents are for general information only. As with all educational and health related materials in particular, information and research are iterative, cumulative and subject to revision globally and so while we believe the contents to be true and accurate as at the date of writing we give no assurances or warranties regarding the accuracy, currency or applicability of any of the contents in relation to specific situations and particular circumstances. 

Our contents and educational resources cannot, by nature, cover the full diagnostic and interventions for any specific individual and/or specific issue, and we reiterate that the Website and educational resources in no way substitute professional medical advice.  The information is offered in the spirit of education and personal research.  

No contract is offered between us and you for the use of our public facing materials, and our contract between ourselves and purchasers of our courses is again limited to the offer of quality informational resources in our specific field of expertise and is in no regard a call for any individual nor group to act and we actively highlight that we cannot and do not wish to intervene in any confidential nor individual’s case in our capacity as educators.

While we aim to act in good faith, any material, information or other communication you may transmit or post to the Website in a public domain will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. In a number of scenarios, the School and its designees will be free to copy, disclose, distribute, incorporate or otherwise use the communications in all data, images, sounds, text and other things embodied therein for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from the Website any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, or other material that would violate any law.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding this topic, please contact in the first instance with Data Query in the topic line.

In the course of our business, information may be changed or updated without notice in order to make improvements and/or changes in the products and/or services described in this information which necessitate our reserving the right to do so at any time without notice.

Websites and links external to the School are independent from us and, even when posted in our forums or other platforms, it is apparent and reiterated that as we have no control over external content, we reject any liability and any such posting does not form an endorsement.  Links to such sites are at the individuals risk and so each must take their own precautions to ensure what is selected for use is free of items of a destructive nature for example worms, viruses, Trojans and illegal content.  Where we have identified a third party site such as an affiliate, business partner or source of information or advice, it remains the user’s responsibility to review respective policies on their site including use of personally identifiable information.

The service and materials provided on the Website and its products are provided “as is” and we expressly disclaim any and all warranties (express or implied) to the full extent permitted in law. Where there is a query including warranties of merchantability, satisfactory quality or fitness for general or particular purpose of the service or materials provided, we reserve our rights to the full extent of the law but advise any such claim to be directed in the first instance to our email

Potential scenarios for such claims to be refuted include liability for claims, losses, demands or damages as consequence of our information and/or services but are not limited to death or personal injury arising from negligence; direct, indirect, incidental loss or damages, compensatory damages or loss of profits or data based on breach of contract or warranty or delict (including negligence), product liability or otherwise.

Educational Statement

Gathering Nature’s content is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice nor a substitute for medical treatment.  Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine.  Make certain of your identification prior to harvesting any plant or mushroom as ingestion, application, or other use of some plants and mushrooms may cause illness or death.