The Herb Bus has driven many miles this past year. And though she is approaching a quarter of a century old with hundreds of thousands of miles under her fan belt, each time I ask her to make a trip, either around Atlanta to service our regular stations, to the mountains to gather medicines, or to provide a pop-up clinic as far away as Montana, she is always revving to go. And that is because doing this work, serving those in need, isn’t a burden. It nourishes us. With each clinic we run, we grow from the friends we make and the pain we can help to ease. This is the path of serve. And what an incredible gift that by our work as herbalists, we have the chance to serve not only the people, but the plants and the planet.
There are so many ways to spread the health; how can you feed the flame to keep yourself, your family, and your community warm this winter?
The Bus and I are humbled and honored to be the recipients of the 2013 Community Service Award, presented by the American Herbalists Guild. I am grateful that in my life I have had the chance to serve my community, that I actually had something I could offer to them. I am also grateful to this herbal path, which has taught me so many lessons and surrounded me with amazingly creative and compassionate people. Being an herbalist allows me to serve plant, person, and planet, and it is an honor.
Thank you, AHG, for having considered our little Bus for this award. There has been so much community support to help this project succeed and now we feel yet another set of hands lifting up our work, that of the Guild. Thank you. We will continue to do our best to spread the health by putting herbs in the hands of the people.
The Herb Bus turned Black Friday Green as she circled up in the museum piazza to share some herbal healing at the High’s “Go West!” exhibit.
Teachers from Homestead Atlanta demonstrated survival and crafting skills such as tanning, cobbling, spinning, herbal healing and orienteering — all skills necessary for life on the frontier. The pioneers relied heavily on plant medicine for survival during the days of western expansion. Most families would have needed to have a basic knowledge of how to use plants to keep themselves healthy as doctors were few and far between. For many, their doctor was in fact their wife or mother, and her apothecary would have been her kitchen using the herbs that grew around them. The Herb Bus is honored to carry this American tradition into the 21st Century. We spent the day crafting herbal remedies for wintertime health. I’ve posted the recipes for some of the remedies we made on the Herbalista website for your crafting pleasure. Give the gift of health this holiday season!