Links

On this page you will find links to:

Community Health Care Projects

Harm Reduction

Anti-Oppressive Practice in Healthcare

Herbal Education Programs

Herbal Research Online Links

Herbal Organizations

Herbal Medicine Making Supplies

Local Atlanta Resources

Mental Health Resources

Conferences & Festivals

Regulations

Street Medicine

Grow a Row Resources

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE PROJECTS

California Greater Bay Area Chapter   This local chapter of the American Herbalists Guild is doing community outreach at the Rebele Family Shelter and the Mental Health Community Action Network in Santa Cruz. One of the main organizers, Beverly, attended one of the early Herb Bus Trainings I gave in Oakland, in the summer of 2014. I visited them again in 2015 and was amazed to see how well they were able to utilize the Herbalista resources, such as our forms and kit strategies, and modify them for the needs of their clinics. They are doing great work and we are so touched that we could help.

Herbal Aide   Non-profit organization founded to document and fund grassroots herbal health projects.

Herbalists Without Borders (Herbalistes Sans Frontieres) International Network of practitioners, farmers, health advocates, humanitarian aid workers, students, and more. Believes that health and wellness are human rights, not privileges. They sponsor local clinics and offer a plethora of resources to their members. I am glad to have contributed to the HWB Community Apothecary Project.

Ithaca Health Alliance Ithaca, NY. Integrated free health services (conventional medical and holistic), community health education, and community healthcare fund.

Occupy Medical Eugene   Eugene, Oregon. A no-cost mobile, integrative mobile health clinic serving the people of Eugene Oregon.

Olympia Free Herbal Clinic   Olympia, WA. Walk-in, sliding scale clinic offering herbal consultations and herbal remedies.

Radical Herbalism Gathering   Annual gathering in Shropshire, England focused on issues of the environment, social justice, harm reduction, mutual aid, healthcare access, and diversity. Definitely my cup of tea!

Social Space for Health.pdf   Athens, Greece. Community center offering health services located in a squat in the Petralona neighborhood. Free primary care services, pharmacy services, herbal apothecary, and more. I met Eleni, a pharmacist and herbalist who contributes to this project, at the recent Radical Herbalism Gathering in England.

Third Root Community Health Center   Brooklyn, New York. A worker-owned Cooperative offering sliding scale services, self-care education, and recognizes views healthcare as rooted in social justice and vice versa.

The Community Supported Herbal Medicine Movement.pdf   Article posted in HerbalEGram: Volume 7, Number 9, September 2010.

HARM REDUCTION

Experience from the Front Lines: HEALTH at the Needle Exchange.pdf   This article by Donna Odierna was published in the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild. It is a personal and informative account of the work at the HEALTH project in Oakland California. Includes herbal formulas and tips on providing “non-coercive, harm reduction-based treatment and health care.”

ANTI-OPPRESSIVE PRACTICE IN HEALTH CARE

Terminology in AOP.pdf   This list of basic definitions of terminology as related to Anti-Oppression practice comes from ReclaimingFutures.org, a model for improving juvenile justice through community integration.  And what is Anti-oppression practice? 

“Anti-Oppression Practice: a person-centered philosophy; and egalitarian value system concerned with reducing the deleterious effects of structutal inequalities upon people’s lives; a methodology focusing on both process and outcome; and a way of structuring relationships between individuals that aims to empower users by reducing the negative effects of social hierarchies on their interactions and the work they do together.” (Dominelli, 1994, p. 3)

Exploring Anti-Oppressive Practice Basics  This is a slideshow that covers basic concepts in AOP.  Again, this is a link to a resource on the ReclaimingFutures.org website.

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege  “This toolkit is meant for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level. Perhaps you are a teacher, youth group facilitator, student affairs personnel or manage a team that works with an underserved population. Training of this kind can serve as the first of several workshops to provide historical context around the politics of identity and the dynamics of power and privilege, or to help build greater self-awareness.” 

Competent Care for Transgender, GenderQueer, and Non-Binary Folk An online resource for Herbalists and Other Practitioners Curated by Clinical Herbalists Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlick and Larken Bunce

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack  by Peggy McIntosh.  This pdf is a 2 page excerpt from her longer work.

“DAILY EFFECTS OF WHITE PRIVILEGE I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.”

HERBAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Appalachian School for Holistic Herbalism   Asheville, NC. Herbal, energetic, & outdoor Education. Sponsor of the SEWHC First Aid Station.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College   Asheville, NC. Education and training for the natural products industry, including GMPs, analytical laboratory skills, natural products business developement, and continuing education.

BotanoLogos School for Herbal Studies   Rabun County, GA. Certification program for Herbal foundations (Medicine Making, Wildcrafting, Chinese Five Phase Energetics, Clinical Skills)

Blue Ridge School for Herbal Medicine   Asheville, NC. Foundational and Clinical Programs with a focus on Appalachian Herbs. They also have an apprenticeship program.

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine   Asheville, NC. Botanical Herbalism at its best. Stay tuned for her soon to be released Distance Learning Program on Growing Medicinal Herbs.

The Herb Kitchen   An Atlanta-based herbal project that puts herbs on your kitchen table. Currently on hiatus 🙂

The Herb Patch Project An initiative of the Irish Register of Herbalists that places mini herb gardens in schools across Ireland to cultivate children’s relationship with the natural world and herbal medicine.

The Homestead Atlanta   Atlanta, GA. Homesteading skills including herbalism and growing.

Northeast School for Botanical Medicine   Ithaca, NY. Foundational Herbalism with a focus on clinical, botanical, and first aid skills. Apprenticeships available.

Sacred Plant Traditions   Charlottesville, VA. Three year training programs from foundational to clinical. Weaving conventional western medicine with energetic herbal understanding.

Vermont School for Integrative Herbalism   Montpelier, VT Three year training programs from foundational to clinical.

HERBAL RESEARCH ONLINE LINKS – Online & Free

Henriette’s Herbal One of the largest non-commercial, herbal archives online. Classic herbal texts, botanical photos, and herbal forum, all presented in an easy-to search manner.  Check out her Index by Problem!

Herbcraft Herbal Master Article Index is a collection of research and articles by contemporary clinical herbalists.

Southwest School for Botanical Medicine   Online library and database collected by the late herbalist Michael Moore.

Pharmacy Museums Online listing of pharmacy museums and historical collections around the country and Canada. Road trip excuses galore!

HERBAL ORGANIZATIONS

Georgia Herbalists Guild   Meeting the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Local Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild.

American Herbalists Guild   An organization honoring diversity in herbalism while promoting the practice of botanical medicine.

United Plant Savers   Dedicated to protecting native medicinal plants of the US and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING SUPPLIES

Gentle Harmony Farm   Organic herbal farm in North Carolina. They grow the most beautiful, vibrant herbs imaginable! Fresh and dry herbs available.

Mountain Rose Herbs   Online ordering for bulk herbs, essential oils, carrier oils, etc…

SKS Bottle   Online ordering for apothecary bottles, packaging, etc…

Alchemical Solutions   Micro-distillery. Great source for organic, ethically sourced and produced pure spirits (grape, grain, and cane)

Pharmco-Aaper   Source for organic pure spirits (corn and cane) Bulk ordering, affordable prices.

Pacific Botanicals  Online ordering for bulk herbs (high quality, certified organic.) Not only do they carry dry herbs, but will do fresh overnight shipments as well.

LOCAL ATLANTA RESOURCES

MEDICINE MAKING MATERIALS AND REMEDIES

Sevananda   Largest bulk herb selection in town! Cooperative dedicated to providing quality nourishment for the hearts, bodies, and minds of Atlanta. Located in Little 5 Points.

Health Unlimited   Largest essential oil, homeopathic, and health book selection in town. Also large selection of quality tinctures, chinese and ayurvedic blends, and bulk herbs.

Little 5 Points Pharmacy   Wonderful independent pharmacy in Atlanta that carries US Pharmacopeia Herbal Preparations and other useful gadgets such as eyecups, etc… They have long had the tradition of employing herbalist-pharmacists.

The Funny Farm   Duane Marcus has been organically gardening and teaching soil arts for over 30 years. He runs educational programming on his 3 acre suburban permaculture demonstration site in Stone Mountain.

CLINICAL SERVICES & HERBALISTS

Free and Low Cost Healthcare in Atlanta  List of free and low cost options in the Atlanta area.  Listings include primary care, women’s health, mental health, dental, HIV/STI resources, chiropractic, herbal, meditation, yoga, etc.

Herbalista Health Network   Atlanta, GA. Free Mobile Clinical Services, Community Health Education, Committed to Building Community through Herbalism!

Herbalista Sliding Scale Clinic  Herbalista HQ East Atlanta, GA.

Pamela Gould, Herbalist (Virginia Highlands)  Herbal Wellness Consultations and Lyme (and Coinfections) Guidance.

Susan Kramer, RH(AHG), Registered Herbalist and Homeopath (Woodland Hills Neighborhood) 

Oscar Sierra, L.Ac, Herbalist and Acupuncturist (Buckhead Neighborhood)

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Evolving Minds Video British video with Spanish subtitles. “What is reality? Who defines it? Evolving Minds offers radical perspectives on alternatives to the traditional mental health system. Rufus May also makes an appearance. I have had the opportunity to take part in workshops he led at the Radical Herbalism Gathering in Shropshire England the summer of 2014 and 2015.

The Icarus Project Navigating the space between brilliance and madness. A support network and mental health movement that looks at mental health disorders in a non-traditional way. This network is built by and for folks who identify with “mental illnesses.” They offer many resources such as A Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Medications. There are also local chapters. Atlanta has one.

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia   A report by the British Psychological Society. One of the contributors to both this report and the original (2000) is Rufus May (see links above). Great list of resources and websites beginning on page 117.

A Herbal Approach to the Treatment of Withdrawal from Opioid and Benzodiazepine Dependence.pdf   By Ally Hurkicova. Originally printed in the Student Herbal Thymes Winter Edition 2014/2015 at Lincoln University, England.

CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS

Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference  Lovely gathering of women from across the Southeast to heal and share. Each October in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Radical Herbalism Gathering   Annual gathering in Shropshire, England focused on issues of the environment, social justice, harm reduction, mutual aid, healthcare access, and diversity. Definitely my cup of tea!

Medicines from the Earth   Annual symposium dedicated to sharing herbal knowledge on all levels — the teachers are selected to share a thoughtful and balanced blend of scientific, energetic, and experientially-based wisdom. First weekend of June, at Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina.

Body and Soul   Not actually an herbal festival, but one of my favorites! Each June spend an enchanting weekend at Ballinlough Castle in Ireland at a festival that is all about art, music, and healing. One Hundred Quirky Nooks & Crannies. Soak in a hot tub in the middle of the forest, dance under the stars to a pop up orchestra, recharge with an indian head massage. Big and little things that make life magical…

Event Safety Guide – Medical Section.pdf   Excerpt from the British Publication, The Event Safety Guide (Second Edition) A Guide to Health, Safety, and Welfare at Music and Similar Events

REGULATIONS

Herbalists rights, legal and historical basis | RMHI.pdf by Roger Wicke, PhD. of the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.

Herbal Medicine and US Law.pdf by Richard Mandelbaum. Presentation at 2013 AHG Symposium.

Legal & Regulatory FAQ by the American Herbalists Guild

FDA Denies Exemption for Herbalists.pdf   Link to the FDA’s response to the request for exemption from the cGMP.

FDA Small Entity Compliance Guide   Link to the FDA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide to help small herbal product companies navigate the cGMP’s.

AHG Submits a Response to the FDA on GMP Rulings.pdf   The American Herbalists Guild’s official response to the FDA’s proposed GMP’s. This, the last official stance taken by the AHG on behalf of herbal health care practitioners, was submitted over a decade ago.

GMP’s in a Clinical Setting   This interview with Mama Jo was published in the American Herbalists Guild Journal Vol 10 No. 1 , shows how her retail and clinical practice is navigating the GMP’s.

2010 Georgia Code Apothecary.pdf   This shows a section of the current regulations for the State of Georgia Board of Pharmacy and shows the monopoly of the word “apothecary” by the pharmaceutical industry.

2010 Georgia Code Practice Medicine.pdf   Definition of “practice of Medicine” in the state of Georgia.

Laws governing holistic healing by Michael Cohen, Esq.pdf   “To safeguard patient choices and recognize the growing body of literature regarding alternatives, policymakers should reexamine the reduction of healing to medicine, and the equation of nonmedical alternatives with fraud. The current regulatory scheme, embodied in state ‘practice of medicine’ statutes and related case law, reflects an outmoded view of health care, in which the physician is the sole purveyor and guardian of health.” — Michael Cohen, Esquire

NUTRITION & DIETARY REG’S

Center for Nutritional Advocacy   This group has taken on the powerful Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetics Association) who has consistently sought to limit the ability to provide nutritional counseling to only Registered Dietitians. While the laws vary state to state, the overall effect has been devastating to the health of our nation. This organization is devoted to empowering other healthcare practitioners “to transform health through nutrition.” Very up do date information on state by state nutrition/dietician regulations.

Georgia’s Dietetic Practice Act  Of particular interest to herbalists, is § 43-11A-18 Exemptions. See number 8.

STREET MEDICINE

Stay Healthy So You Can Stay in the Streets Mini-Handout produced by medics from the BALM Squad (Boston Area Liberation Medic Squad) with suggestions on “what you do before, during and after a demonstration to stay well and keep fighting!”

GROW A ROW RESOURCES

GROWING and DESIGN

Funny Farm – Regular growing and harvesting classes. Duane Marcus is a

founder of the Grow a Row program and has many years experience growing

medicinal herbs.

Shades of Green Permaculture Design – Permaculture design, consultation,

installation, and Permaculture Design Courses

NC Alternative Crops and Organics YouTube An outreach tool for Jeanine Davis in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University to share information from her agricultural research and extension programs on organic farming, medicinal herbs, hops, truffles, and other alternative crops.

SEED and NURSERY RESOURCES

Strictly Medicinal Herbs (formerly Horizon Herbs, large selection of medicinal

species seeds)

Miss Tizzy’s Weeds and Seeds (local heirloom and organic seed)

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (heirloom seed varieties bred for

southeast climate)

Crimson Sage Medicinal Plants Nursery (woman-owned organic nursery in

California)

Sow True Seeds (heirloom and organic seed, Asheville, NC)

Fedco Co-op (organic herb seed, gardening supplies, etc., Maine)

Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Employee-owned Co-op, great farmer resource)

High Mowing (mostly veggie seeds, some herbs)

Prairie Moon Nursery

Pinetree Garden Seeds

Roundstone Native Seed (huge selection of native seed for restoration, bulk

pure live seed available)

Useful Plants Nursery (many edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants)

Hobby Worm Farm local source for worm castings and worm tea

BOOK RESOURCES

Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway

The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter

The Medicinal Herb Grower: Vol. 1 by Richo Cech

Cultivating Medicinal Herbs by Juliet Blankenspoor (to be released in 2017

and we can’t wait!)