Links

On this page you will find links to:

 

Community Health Care Projects

Inclusive Healthcare

Mental Health Resources

Harm Reduction

Street Medicine

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Herbal Education Programs

Herbal Research Online Links

Herbal Organizations

Conferences & Festivals

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Herbal Medicine Making Supplies

Local Atlanta Resources

Grow a Row Resources

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Legal Schmegal

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COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE PROJECTS

Bristol Herbalists without Borders [Bristol, England]  “This community project is a branch of Herbalists Without Borders UK. They are a collaboration between clinical herbalists, herb growers and the local herbal community.  Their vision is to create a support clinic for asylum seekers and refugees that provides a programme of free herbal healthcare.  They offer one-on-one consultations with trained herbalists, run a mobile dispensary, offer self-care workshops and herb growing projects that aim to improve general health and wellbeing, and teach basic herbal medicine.

Botanica Mobile Clinic [Charlottesville, VA]  This mobile free clinic, staffed by graduates and students of Sacred Plant Traditions offers herbal consultations to the underserved populations in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. Every clinic has a practicing herbalist on site as lead, two recent graduates doing intakes and two herbal students working at the apothecary. All consultations as well as herbal teas and supplements are offered for free.

California Greater Bay Area Chapter   [Santa Cruz, CA] 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.

Herbalista Health Network [Atlanta, GA and Dublin, Ireland]  The Herbalista Health Network recognizes healthcare as a fundamental human right and works to protect health access through clinical services and educational opportunities.  We strive for a community based model of healthCARE that is based on solidarity and not charity.  We are a network of free mobile clinics  supported by a web of herb growing projects, medicine making campaigns, and community herbal education. Clinical projects include the Herb Bus, the Herb Cart, and the Dublin Herb Bike.

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.

Herbalists Without Borders UK [United Kingdom]  Herbalists without Borders UK serves as an umbrella resource for autonomous groups in the UK and Ireland who are connected by the desire to promote and deliver herbal medicine to individuals and in communities where there is little recourse.

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.

Orlando Grief Care Project  [Orlando, FL] In response to the tragic loss experienced within the Orlando community on June 12, 2016, the Orlando Grief Care Project was started to provide holistic health services to crisis counselors, first responders, families of victims, and other members of community in need of support in the journey of trauma and healing.

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!

Skid Row Free Clinic  [Los Angeles, CA] One Friday  Every first Friday of the month Zizia Botanicals offers a free mobile herb clinic to those living in the Skid Row community. The clinic posts up from 7:30-11am in the garden of the LA Catholic Workers Hospitality Kitchen (aka Hippie Kitchen). These services include a 30 minute consultation to address the individual’s health concerns, followed by resource suggestions and/or herbal preparations in the form of teas, capsules, glycerites, and tinctures.

Social Space for Health   [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.

Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council [Standing Rock] “We coordinate medical and healer supplies, human resources, and other types of medical/healing aid between the following groups:

1. All the camps who stand with Standing Rock (see Healing the Waters Within project to support all Water Protectors)
2. Standing Rock Emergency Services
3. Indian Health Services
4. Standing Rock Tribal Council
5. Mni Wiconi Integrative Health Clinic
6. The greater allopathic & healer community”

Stone Cabin Collective [Black Mesa, AZ]  “The Stone Cabin Collective is an all-volunteer group of herbalists, massage providers, energy workers and laypeople who offer free bi-annual health services in the Big Mountain/Black Mesa area of AZ. This is a solidarity-not-charity project in support of the Dine (Navajo) people of Black Mesa as they continue to resist massive coal and uranium mining operations, and for those affected by the forced relocation policies of the US government.  We organize two Elder Wellness Weeks a year, in the spring and fall. We call this Elder Wellness Week to honor the elders especially, but all ages are welcome!Please check out www.supportblackmesa.org to learn more about their decades-long struggle, current events, and ways to support.”

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.

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Community Clinics [Montpellier, VT]  “Our clinics offer individuals personalized education in self-care with herbs. We offer consultations in our professional clinic in Montpelier and in our supervised student clinics in both Montpelier and Burlington, Vermont. In 2013, we offered over 1200 hours of service. Our clinical services and herbs are available through sliding-scale payment, time exchange and gift; no one is turned away for lack of funds.  We look forward to welcoming you.”

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

INCLUSIVE HEALTHCARE

UNDERSTANDING POWER & PRIVILEGE

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.”

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.

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.” — Peggy McIntosh

GENDER

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

Trans 101 – Pronouns  A short video on gender pronouns.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gender-Neutral Pronouns  An article on just that.

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.

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.”

STREET MEDICINE

Atlanta Resistance Medics (ARM) Formed during Occupy Atlanta, ARM is a group of radical activists and health care providers who offer medical support at protests and in our communities.  We also offer street medic trainings.

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!”

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. They now offer several online herbal medicine programs including medicine making, growing medicinal plants, wildcrafting & foraging.

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

The Herb Patch Project  [Ireland]  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

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.  Now you can enroll for free and take the two online courses filmed over the course of his last year teaching!

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.

Hearthfire Farm & Nursery With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes.  Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!

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

Hearthfire Farm & Nursery With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes.  Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!

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.

Gather & Give Botanicals [Southwest Atlanta] Kat Shaw is a clinical herbalist  working to bring holistic medicine to all folks through offering sliding scale consultations, herbal first aid clinics, and community educational events.

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

Herbalista Sliding Scale Clinic  [East Atlanta] Herbalista HQ.  This sliding scale clinic is also the mother apotheke for the mobile clinics.

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

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

Oscar Sierra, L.Ac, Herbalist and Acupuncturist [Buckhead]

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.

Hearthfire Farm & Nursery With a mission to help people grow their own herbal medicine, there is incredible heart in the herbs grown by farmer Timothy Hayes.  Fresh & dry herbs available as well as plant babies!

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!)

CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS

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

Radical Herbalism Gathering    [ENGLAND]   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   [NORTH CAROLINA]  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   [IRELAND]  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

LEGAL SCHMEGAL

GENERAL

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

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

GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES (GMP’s)

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.

GEORGIA REGULATIONS

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.

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

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.