Handouts + Manuals

These resources were created to support our work at the Herbalista Health Network. May they be as helpful to you as they have been to us.  If you find this information useful, you might also be interested in our Toolkit, filled with tools to help you launch a community health project in your neck of the woods! Please note specific Medicine Making worksheets and information can be found here.


QUICK LINKS

Manuals + Guides

Videos

Clinical Forms

Patient Handouts

Grow a Row Documents

Wildcrafting

First Aid

Foot Care

Herbalista Intensive Class Handouts


 

MANUALS + GUIDES

The Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic Manual      Holistic foot care procedures, with appendices on proper hygiene and safety, herbal repertory, herbal medicine making, and patient education. Please use this manual for the benefit of others! This manual was assembled with content from a variety of sources and input of many. Many thanks to Nurse Gudrun Noonan, Nurse Hannah Murphy Buc, Nurse Alice Tudor, Nurse Laura Roehrick for their advise, guidance and friendship. And of course, to all of the wonderful volunteers and coordinators who have helped nurture this clinic over the years.

The Herb Bus Service Manual   A manual covering some basic logistics (including forms, checklists, and special considerations) for running a mobile herbal medicine clinic. This is lovingly a work in progress and evolves as our work at the Herbalist Free Clinic (aka the Herb Bus) progresses.

SEWHC First Aid Service Manual  Mini-manual used to facilitate the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference First Aid Clinic each year. Intended to support 1000+ women and children over a 3 day event.

Herb Cart Service Manual  A manual detailing the Herb Cart Program, a service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic. This mini-mobile clinic rides in a modified shopping cart and is easy to work from. This manual includes basic logistics (including forms, checklists, and special considerations.) Like all of our manuals, it is a work in progress and will be updated as we learn.

Self-Care Station Guide  A short handout describing considerations for building a Self-Care Station in your community!  These mini-health stations empower their users by offering folks a chance to care for themselves with herbs and vitamins.  It is not only a chance to stay healthy, but an incredible learning opportunity! Every kit or station is different, depending on the community it serves.  Remember, different strokes for different folks!


VIDEOS

Looking to start a mobile herbal clinic of your own? Hoping to provide healthcare to those who need it most?

Welcome to the Herb Bus

A webinar we did for the American Herbalists Guild a few years ago.

Welcome to the Herb Bus

Herbalista Health Network

A lovely video showing little bits and bobs about our programming. (Thank you Abbe and Corinne!)

CLINICAL FORMS

Herbalista Health Fair List Sheets  The organizational scheduling sheets we use to run the community health fair each month. We use 2-3 volunteers to run the Triage / Welcome Area. They use these sheets to get folks scheduled into appropriate healthcare sessions. There are separate list formats for the different types of practitioners (herbal, body work, and acupuncture) as well as an over-arching volunteer coordination sheet. Coming soon… Herbalista Community Heath Fair Manual 🙂

Herb Cart Log Sheet   The log in sheets we use at the Herb Cart, as well as at any pop-up first aid clinic.

Herbalista Dispensary Form   The form we use to track all of the medicaments we dispense on the Herb Bus at any given clinic. This gives us a solid view of each clinic we run, from patients seen, to remedies dispensed. We also refer back to this form before returning to a station, so we can see what remedies we used most and what we “wish” we had so we can return prepared each time.

HERBALISTA FREE CLINIC INTAKE   The intake form we use for new patients. This form is only 2 pages long and tries to distill down the absolute “MUST ASK” for purposes of safety (i.e. are you pregnant, can you take remedies prepared with alcohol, allergies, current medications, etc.) and also does a review of bodily processes and systems.  There is space for some physical diagnostics (pulse, tongue, etc.) and then a section for give an assessment and then a plan of action.

Follow-up Herb Bus Clinic Form The intake form for we use for patient follow-ups.  Notice it is mostly blank on the front side in order to allow you the room to take notes as necessary.  There is also a spot to remind you to do a medication review, and make sure there haven’t been any changes in that since your last visit.  There is also an additional section on the second page reminding you to keep track changes of changes in a qualifiable/ quantifiable way (i.e. If their pain was a 8 last time, is it lower or higher when you ask at this visit.  If they said they woke an average of 4 times a night to pee, how many times do they say they wake to pee now, after using the tonic.  Etc.)

Sharps Injury Protocol This form was created to assist in the case of exposure to sharps or needle injury.  We keep copies of this form printed and on hand at clinic to help us deal with this stressful situation, should it occur.  For more detailed information this is a helpful website: PEP Quick Guide for Occupational Exposures by the University of California at San Francisco.


PATIENT HANDOUTS

Antiinflamatory Handout  Handout covering basic principles of reducing inflammation through healthy eating habits and choices. Includes ingredient suggestions and places to write down ideas.

Herbalista Yeast Re-leaf  Handout with our 3 pronged approach to caring for fungal (yeast) infections. Includes additional protocols for vaginal, sinus, and foot/nail infections.

Herbalista Winter Soup/ Stock   This handout gives basic instructions to prepare a deeply nourishing and immune enhancing soup stock to help you stay healthy all winter long.

Pre and Post Operative Support  This handout offers suggestions to support your body through surgery.

Taking your Herbs.pdf   Handout with easy instructions on how to take your teas, tinctures, and powders. Includes a basic bliss ball recipe.

Daily Routine This worksheet is just one way for your patient to track their daily routine.  They can either fill this out for a few days leading up to an appointment to give you a sense of their daily routine or during a health plan to assist them with tracking their protocol.  You can print it out full size or fit 2-4 copies to one sheet for a mini version.


GROW A ROW + HARVESTING DOCUMENTS

Grow A Row Information Packet This includes a overall description of the program, our wish list of 33 herbs, tons of growing tips, seed and plant resources, and other information pertaining to Herbalista’s Grow A Row Program.

Grow A Row Participant Pledge This is our contract we use with growers where they may pledge to try to grow and harvest particular herbs for the clinics and also share information with our budding herb-growing community.

Grow A Row Materia Medica Here you can find a list of our 33 herbs on our wish list with information about the medicinal properties, uses, indications, and preparations for each.  Please check back and take a look at these documents frequently! We are always adding new information as this program evolves and herb-growing knowledge is gleaned by our growers.

Growing & Harvest Records Growers: Please use this document to take records of your growing and harvesting processes and submit a copy to Herbalista with your donated herb. This helps us with quality control, but more importantly, this is a ready-made way for you to share your learning experience with us and the herb-growing community. If there’s something you think we should add to this template, let us know!


WILDCRAFTING

Wildcrafting Log  Wildcrafters:  We care deeply about the health of our patients, the plants, and the planet! So please, only send herbs that are gathered from clean and abundant sources! Please harvest responsibly!   If you are not familiar with the concepts behind “ethical wildcrafting,” please visit Howie Brounstein’s webpage for a detailed discussion as well as a useful wildcrafting checklist.  Do not pick protected, in danger, or at-risk plants.  To learn more about this, please visit the United Plant Savers Species At-Risk Page.


FIRST AID

HERBALISTA First Aid   Handout covering basic first aid principles and a mini first aid Repertory.

HERBALISTA First Aid Station Handout   Handout covering First Aid Resources and Basic Considerations

Sharps Injury Protocol  Handout covering what to do if you, as a healthcare worker are injured with a needle or sharp device.

Sharps Safety Brochure  This brochure, created by the CDC, offers basic tips on reducing the risk of having a sharps incident.


FOOT CARE

Herbal Foot Care for Hardworking Feet  A pdf of the powerpoint presentation I recently gave both at the Blue Ridge School and at the Radical Herbalism Gathering.  Lots of toe jammy photos (view discretion is advised), suggested care strategies, kit packing lists, and clinic considerations.

HERBAL FOOT CARE   1 page handout with recipes for herbal foot care products and soaks. Includes a mini Herbal Repertory. For more detailed information, see the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic Manual above.

Sharps Injury Protocol  Handout covering what to do if you, as a healthcare worker are injured with a needle or sharp device.

Sharps Safety Brochure  This brochure, created by the CDC, offers basic tips on reducing the risk of having a sharps incident.


HERBALISTA COMMUNITY INTENSIVE HANDOUTS

BLANK Herbalista Materia Medica

“Official” Herbal Endings  Tired of wondering if I added an -e or -is at the end of those “official” botanical names, I put together this little sheet to try and see the pattern. Muy helpful to my botanically baffled brain.