Month: January 2015

Free and Low Cost Atlanta Healthcare List

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 7.45.25 PMIt’s all about Atlanta today.  So earlier I posted a link to our foraging database, for medicinal plants around the atlanta area.   And now here is the link to a listing of Free and Low Cost Clinics in Atlanta.

This list is by no means all-inclusive and is quite literally a work in progress.  The information provided on this list has been culled from the internet, by word of mouth, and through personal contact. If I have personally interacted with a resource, it has been underlined, so I can better vouch for the information provided. Over time, we hope this list will grow and descriptions improve as we get better acquainted with the different providers and services.

If you have had any experience with these services and would like to suggest modifications to descriptions, or if you can recommend additions to the list, please notify us at Lorna@Herbalista.org.

Atlanta’s Herban Apotheke

Herban Apotheke AtlantaYou don’t have to live on a pristine mountainside or disappear into the wilderness to be an herbalist and have a meaningful relationship with your local plant medicine.  In our megapolis, we are surrounded by plantain and dandelion growing through cracks in the sidewalk, mimosa trees sprouting in abandoned lots, and honeysuckle and kudzu clambering up telephone poles!  Take a look around.  Discover what’s growing in your yard ?  Who are your green neighbors?

Check out our Forage page at the Herbalista website and see our month-by-month photo gallery and guide to the medicinals growing all around us in Atlanta.  You’ll be surprised by our medicinal abundance.

Never ingest anything you have not positively identified.  For practice with proper plant identification join us on guided plant walks throughout the season or use a reliable field guide such as, Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants by “Wildman” Steve Brill. Please harvest responsibly and review Wildcrafting for Beginners by Howie Brounstein who reminds us, “Wildcrafting is stewardship.”

 

Welcome to the Herb Cart

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The Herb Cart is the newest service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic. This little herbal first aid station on wheels aims to provide both care and education to underserved communities around the Atlanta area. It also serves as a training opportunity for herbalists and herb students wishing for more clinical opportunities. For more information on the Herb Cart Program and how you can be involved, click here.

IMG_1030We ran our first clinic yesterday at Woodruff Park (aka Troy Davis Park) alongside Food Not Bombs. The Food Not Bombs Movement finds inspiration in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who said “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” They bring a hot meal and music to the park every Sunday.

IMG_1075We were happy to join them in their mission, and a little temporary community was formed for this brief afternoon. Food, medicine, and music for all!  We set up two consultation areas, with the cart in the middle to serve as our apotheke on wheels.  If you are interested in this type of work, please check out our photo album here.   You can see the evolution of what was once a wee shopping cart into the herbalistic vessel she is today 🙂

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I’m putting some final edits on the Herb Cart Manual and will be posting that to the website soon for your pleasure and use.  Here’s to hoping that this project is highly contagious, and we have herb carts breaking out across the country in epidemic proportions.

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A girl can dream can’t she…

~ Herbalista Lorna

 

Herbs not Bombs

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Went down to Woodruff Park (aka Troy Davis Park) in downtown Atlanta yesterday afternoon to provide herbal care alongside the Food not Bombs crew. Worked with around 12 people over the 2 hours we were there. Most people were dealing with winter time ailments — chest congestion, sinus congestion, low energy, and the aches and pains the cold weather brings. But there were also folks who wanted help with chronic concerns, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. I make sure to bring non-alcoholic options (glycerinates, capsules, tea bags) in addition to my tincture kit as not every one can take medicines prepared with alcohol.

The gentleman in the picture is holding my log-in sheet, which I use to keep track of the conditions I see and the remedies I offer. It also has spaces to mark important information such as medications they might already be taking, allergies they have, and if they can take remedies made in alcohol. There is a copy of this form in the SEWHC First Aid Manual that is available for free in PDF form from the “Resources” page of the Herbalista website.

I want to thank the Food not Bombs volunteers for the great work they do. And I hope I can join them again soon.

GMP Pushback Dossier

 

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For those of you looking to take action, I have thought to share with you the brainstorming I have done over the last couple of years.  This dossier is just a compilation of thoughts, documents, and excerpts on what’s at issue with the cGMP’s and possible actions.  I’m hoping it helps to spark the VERY NEEDED push to  protect herbal access in this country!

For more information and regular updates, check the Good Herbalista Practices page on the Herbalista website.

 

GMP Pushback Dossier.pdf

2014 Herbalista Service Report

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2014 Service Report

 

Another year of adventures in healthcare!  

 

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In Atlanta (our herbal hub) we continued regular services at our 2 Herb Bus Stations, 

conducting 148 consultations over the course of 22 clinics.

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The Big House Station, Atlanta, GA

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At these monthly clinical rounds, we poured endless pots of seasonal tea, dispensed 6 1/2 gallons of customized tincture formulas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), 14#’s of raw custom herbal and powder blends, and a variety of other remedies including aromatic inhalers, herbal capsules, and oil rubs.

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Inside the Herb Bus Apotheke

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We served at several herbal first aid stations including:

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the Florida Earthskills Gathering
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the Rainbow Gathering in Utah
and the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in North Carolina

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The Bus drove over 10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education around the country.  

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The Five Flavors Crew,  Lassen National Forest, California

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe shared the Herb Bus model of healthcare with classes and communities from Atlanta to California.   Some of our hosts included Ponderosa High School, the California School of Herbal Studies,  Sacred Plant Traditions, Five Flavors Herbs, Homestead Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art.

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Ponderosa High School, Flagstaff, AZ

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe expanded our efforts to make community herbalism sustainable by initiating new programs that combine service with education:

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Pay-it-Forward Medicine Making: Teaching medicine making skills while we stock the Herb Bus with needed remedies.
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Grow A Row: Supply locally and sustainably grown herbs to the Herb Bus by enlisting and supporting local farmers in the cultivation of medicinal herbs.  A joint project with Funny Farm Atlanta.
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Herb Cart: An Herbalista service project providing herbal first aid while offering learning opportunities for herbalists and herb students.

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe made many friends and memories:

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Talking buses, gift economy, and tea in Long Beach with Guisepi of the Free Tea Party Bus
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Being inspired at the Radical Herbalists Gathering in Shropshire, England.
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Spending time with special plants in special places. Anemone on Mount Shasta, California.
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Harvesting and preparing medicine to share with my community and those in need.  Arnica and Osha, Utah.

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Tending the feet of our friends on the street with the Catholic Workers at Friday Foot Care on Skid Row, Los Angeles, California.

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For all this and so much more, we are grateful.

We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve our community

and thankful for your friendship and support on this journey.

~The Herbalista Crew

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Herbalista Crew (Past and Present): Lorna, Corinne, Todd, Amanda, Kaitlin, Lynda, and Anna