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Meet Maria Noel Groves, Author and Herbal Inspiration

Meet the Herbalist…

Maria Noel Groves of Wintergreen Botanicals

Maria Noel Groves, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist based in Allenstown, NH. She achieved certification through study with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. She also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s Science and Art of Herbology home study course, as well as Rosemary’s advanced herbal program on site at Sage Mountain. Maria began her herbal studies with Nancy Phillips’ Foundations Course at Heartsong Farm. Maria has nearly two decades of experience in herbs and is a registered professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Herbal Practice: Wintergreen Botanicals

Maria’s clinic and education center, Wintergreen Botanicals, is located in the woods at Bear Brook State Park of New Hampshire. There, she sees clients, teaches, writes, and grows an amazing herbal garden.

“I see myself first and foremost as an educator. I believe that good health comes with understanding, empowerment, and the grace of our natural world. Nothing compares with the healing we experience when we connect with nature’s bounty, whether it be food, medicinal herbs, or simply time spent outdoors.” Maria Noel Groves

Authorship: Body into Balance and more...

We’ve heard that Maria’s busy writing a follow-up to her first book. This one, also to be published by Storey Press, is rumored to be centered on the Herbal Garden. Here’s what Maria has to say…

[My] forthcoming new book on medicinal herb gardening will release early next year and will soon be available for preorder. This book will serve as a fabulous resource for anyone interested in growing healing herbs and making remedies from them, and it makes a perfect companion with my first book, Body into Balance. The title, cover art, and a preview will soon be available – stay tuned!

Maria’s book, Body into Balance, is one of our favorites, making it into our top picks for Best Books for 2016 and holding strong among our most beloved references! We love her science-based approach to understanding the systems of the human body and practical application of herbal principles to treating imbalance. Check out our Book Review here, or Hop on Over to Amazon to get your copy today! 

If you want a signed copy, Click Here to buy directly from Maria.

Publications, Schools, and Journalism

Maria specializes in holistic health writing and editing. She is a former editor for Natural Health and a regular contributor for publications including Herb Quarterly, Remedies Magazine, and the Associated Press. Locally, she is worked as editor the NOFA-NH and the Concord Co-op newsletters.

She’s also an author for The Herbal Academy.

Articles at The Practical Herbalist

As I move through my home, I sway to make my way around the hanging tendrils of the gotu kola plants taking refuge from the New Hampshire winter. Gotu kola would much prefer its native lands in India where it grows as a creeping vine in dappled sun. Here in the northeast, it’s a more persnickety plant than I would normally fuss with as an indoor plant, but gotu kola is worth it.

In spite of its lack of hardiness and need for intense soil nutrition and moisture, gotu kola is among the easier adaptogens to grow and harvest. Adaptogens are a broad class of herbs that…

Listen and Learn: Interviews and Conversations with Maria

We’ve had a few wonderful conversations with Maria we want to share with you. Listen to Real Herbalism Radio’s interviews with Maria Noel Groves today!

Other Shows...

Beyond our Herb Lab: Adaptogens Herbs, in which we talk about how we applied what we’d learned from Maria, you can listen to other interviews with her to learn more:

Bring Your Body into Balance with Herbs: Real World Wellness podcast

Problems Digesting or Eliminating Food? Real World Wellness podcast


Learning More About Herbs with Maria

Maria has offered a ton of free resources and classes on herbs. Here’s a selection to get you started!

Bee Balm Tincture DIY

Percolation Tincture DIY

Maria's Sleep Tea DIY

Using Body Into Balance on Your Health Journey

Even More Resources...

Maria has published a wonderful Learn More Page of further resources including Class Notes, Articles, Herb/Plant ID walks, and more.

You can also sign up for Online or In-person classes with Maria. Click HERE.

Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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