Health Demand #3 – Poor People’s Campaign

It has been 50 years since the Poor People’s Campaign. Reading these historic demands we might realize that after 5 decades we could simply copy, paste, and resubmit them to the government. Our demands haven’t changed in these 50 years because the situation hasn’t– we still live in a country of great health disparity.

Herbalista believes health care is a human right. And since our government has failed to secure that right for the people, we will begin the work ourselves, serving the people, the land, and creating the world we seek.

Health Demand #3 (Poor People’s Campaign Statement of Demands for Rights of the Poor presented to the US Government, 1968)

“We demand that action be taken to assure that poor people have access to presently existing health services—either through sending medical teams or mobile health units into rural and urban areas…”

Full Statement of Health Demands
https://drive.google.com/…/12xLzorjQUfW1GVdtpmtVbwfWPK…/view

Health Care is a Human Right
http://herbbus.org/resources/links/#healthrights

The photo above was taken at a protest at the Georgia State Capital when the people demanded our state not strike down the Medicaid Expansion of Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act.) It shows the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church where MLK used to preach. The quote he holds was made by Dr. King when addressing the 2nd Medical Committee for Human Rights in 1966.

Thank You!

 

Dearest Community,

Your generosity, belief, and dedication pulled us across the finish line! 

Thank you so much for supporting the Healing Wheels Fundraiser and the Herbalista Free Clinic. We surpassed our goal, raising close to $19,000 including off-line donations!

We are both thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to continue serving the people, the plants, and the planet. And we look forward to doing it together!
💚 The Herbalista Crew

A couple final details…

YOUR NAME ON THE HERB BUS!

We will be engraving the names of all our donors onto the hubcaps of the Herb Bus!  Please click here to send the details of exactly how you would like your name to appear.  [i.e. Earth Mama Remedies, Anna Banana, Anonymous…]
If we do not hear back from you by April 2nd, we will simply print the name as it appears on the list of supporters on the Healing Wheels Campaign Page.

A big shout-out to Mass Collective for helping us realize this special project!

HERBALISTA TOOLKIT ACCESS!

If you made a donation of $50 or more we are giving you access to the Toolkit for one year! We will use the email associated with your donation, unless you let us know you would like to use a different email for your log-in.  Please let us know by April 2nd.

This online Toolkit is filled with a multitude of resources including customizable templates for both clinic and apothecary; how-to videos; the recipes we find most effective on the Herb Bus; and much more!

We hope you find all the tools you need to create herbal change in your community!

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS!

Your donations to the Healing Wheels Campaign are tax deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsors MPower Now!

If you donated via the Chuffed Online Campaign Website you should have automatically received your tax letter via email.  Please let us know if you did not receive this and need us to resend it!

If you sent a check or cash you will be receiving your tax letter via snail mail in the next couple of weeks.

Healing Wheels Community Fundraiser

Join the Healing Wheels: Herbalista Community Fundraiser!

Herbalista believes healthcare is a human right.  We provide free, mobile herb clinics in Atlanta and around the world.  With your help, we can continue to put herbal medicine in the hands of the people!

Our goal for this campaign is $15K, which is the average cost for one year’s programming.  Our free clinics serve hundreds each year and with your support we can keep the wheels turning on this important community resource.

We are thrilled to be able to offer a few extra incentives to help us meet our goal, including:

Matching donations up to $2,000 raised in the first week by the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

Early Bird Perks— such as online herbal courses graciously donated by the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and Herbalista Community Project Consultations.

* For all our donors – your name engraved on the hubcaps for the Bus, so no matter where we go, we will be carried by the love and support of our community!

In the United States and in much of the world, quality healthcare is difficult to access. Together we can build a more inclusive model of care, one that acknowledges each person’s unique experience and affirms their humanity.

Herbalista uses mobile medicine as an affordable and practical way to reach and care for underserved communities, and have served thousands since their first clinic, a mere 5 years ago!  Please consider a donation or a share with your friends to help spread the word and keep the wheels turning on this important resource!

Much appreciation to the communities who welcome us into their folds, love to the friends and family who share our journey, and gratitude to the mighty crew who holds it down in the ATL and now DUB to make it all possible.  

And the crew I speak of is larger than Herbalista.  It is larger than the Big House or the Open Door Community or the Apollo House.  Our crew rolls deep.  We may not always know each other, but we are headed in the same direction.  We may not have realized we had each other’s backs, but we defend the same rights and stand by the same ideals.

A big shout-out to the urban agrarians; the homesteaders and humanitarians; the craftsmen and caretakers; the teachers and radicals; the permaculturalists and pacifists; the wellness warriors and earth champions.

Thank you friends of the field, the forest, the street, and the subway.

May we continue to rally together, for health and community!

Herbal Support for J-20 Defendants

 

Providing Herbal Support for J-20 Defendants

Though the first 6 defendants were cleared of all charges on December 21st, there are still many more cases coming up in the New Year. The Hawthorn Community Herb Collective is collecting herbal medicine and supplements for the defendants and their support teams. Please see below for a list of current requests and mailing information.

Herbalista chose to send our support in the form of aromatic inhalers, aka sniffers.  We have found sniffers to be an extremely effective way to provide emotional support.  They are easy to carry, convenient to use, and extremely affordable and easy to make.  You can order the blank inhalers from most any essential oil supplier these days.

We chose to send 3 different sets of sniffers:

Lavender Sniffers (Lavender essential oil) – grounding, promotes calm composure, soothes anxiety, allows for full expression, also helpful for headaches and insomnia

Olbas Sniffers (Blend of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Wintergreen, Juniper, and Clove) – clearing, energizing, uplifting, also helpful for headaches and sinus congestion

Solidarity Sniffers (Blend of Jasmine, Clary Sage, Benzoin, Lemon, Rose, and Patchouli) – soothing, stabilizing, nourishing, revitalizing,  earthing, trust and solidarity

To make a sniffer, you simply place a cotton wick inside the tube, place 9 drops of essential oil inside, and snap closed.  Here’s a link to another post on sniffers if you want a bit more information.

Sniffers are useful tools when dealing with a range of feelings from grief to anxiety to addiction.  One of my favorite books that we often refer to when putting together our aromatic remedies is Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay, a wonderful acupuncturist, aromatherapist, and teacher who travels over the pond from England to visit us here in Atlanta from time to time.

J-20 Herbal Support

[Reposted from Janet Kent via Facebook]

“On January 20, 2017, thousands of people took to the streets in Washington DC to protest the inauguration of a racist, sexist lout. Of this number, 200 were corralled into an enclosed area and arrested. These 200 include people from all walks of life: teachers, photographers, journalists, medics. They now face felony charges for attending a protest and face up to 80 years in prison.

The first group of defendants are currently going to trial. The prosecution has already admitted that they have no evidence that these individuals committed any crime. They hope to secure convictions for anyone present at the protest, regardless of evidence of wrong doing.

Now remember that the current head of the “Department of Justice” is one Jeff Sessions. The man who sought criminal convictions for civil rights activists. Who was denied a judgeship due to his history of racist comments. This man and his department are attempting to set a precedent to criminalize dissent. This is an important move towards authoritarian control. Pay attention. Go to http://defendj20resistance.org/ for updates and to lend support.

For herbalists and medicine makers, there is more you can do. The Hawthorn Community Herb Collective is collecting herbal medicine and supplements for the defendents and their support teams. As you can imagine, the defendents are extremely stressed , sleep deprived and traumatized. If you are interested in donating supplies, message me and I’ll send you a list of needs.” – Janet Kent, November 22, 2017

Current Herbal Requests

[email medicinecountyherbs@gmail.com  with questions]

Relaxing Nervines: either tincture and/or tea
Sleep support: tincture and/or tea
Bulk aromatic herbs for sachets: rose, mint, chamomile, Lavender, lemon verbena, etc.
Calming adaptogens. Tea or tincture.
Herbs for focus, clarity. Tea or tincture.
Flower essences for protection, grounding, fear.

Please label whatever you send!

Ship to:

Terra Sylva School

115 Blannahassett Island
Room #209
Marshall, NC 28753

The prosecution of these protesters has far reaching implications.  These prosecutions are unconstitutional and we are encouraged that the first 6 protesters were found not guilty.  We stand in solidarity with the the J-20 Defendants and our right to assemble and to voice dissent!

~The Herbalista Crew

Winter Solace

 

 

Dear Friends and Lovers of Life,

After the intense struggles of 2017 and now facing what surely is a long road ahead, we must take the time to protect and sustain our core.  I, for one, am worn the f**k out.  While it’s been hard bearing witness to structural bigotry, it’s been even harder watching the left eat itself.  I’m starting to think this liberal cannibalism is a symptom of deep exhaustion, that our wells have run dry.  And I’m ready to refill.

But don’t worry, I’m not going to give you the whole “self-care for the activist” spiel, demanding you take more passionflower and load up on adaptogens.  But rather, I would offer that instead of doing more, we might do less, and take our cue from winter’s rest.

May we revive ourselves with simple solitude, find contentment in the quiet, and cultivate some good old fashioned inner peace so we can share it with others.

Herbally yours,
~ Lorna


WINTER SOLACE

Please wait–

lay down your sword, your pen,
your tongue, your hate.

This has been a brutal year,
savage fought and etched by fear.

Let the rush of day, slow and creep,

and the low hung light,
bring you sanctioned sleep.

In this hush taste the marrow red,
a molten life, despite winter dread.

This sacred source, just yours alone

found in the still and the break
of your salty bones.

 


For the rest of this month’s newsletter, please follow this link:

http://mailchi.mp/81adecc48307/winter-solace

New Uploads to Toolkit!

New uploads to the Herbalista Toolkit!
Take a little spin through the mother apotheke at Herbalista HQ; download the new template for your very own script pad; and oh so much more 😘
 
The Herbalista Toolkit is filled with the tools to help you realize your herbal project!  And the Dublin Herb Bike is a perfect example of how well it can work! Many of the forms we used to build our apothecary and also for facilitating the clinics are in this Toolkit. These downloadable resources can then be customized for your needs.
Become a sustaining member and help us as we work to build community through herbalism!
 

Herbalista Apprenticeship

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Join the Herbalista Crew!

We are now accepting apprenticeship applications for Fall of 2017.

Application Deadline – August 15th

Thank you for your interest in our work and helping us build community through herbalism! The link to the application form is at the bottom of this page.

 


APPRENTICESHIP HERBALISTA 

This apprenticeship is a blend of educational opportunity, responsibility, and hard work! We are a small operation facilitating a large number of projects.  Joining our crew will allow you to participate in the nuts ‘n bolts of grassroots community healthcare.  Please note, this is NOT an academic clinical program but an experiential opportunity.

The Herbalista Health Network, hubbed in Atlanta, provides clinical and educational services in the Atlanta area, across the country, and even across the pond.

This current apprenticeship opening is to work at the Atlanta Herbalista HQ, which is the heart of our operation.  From here we maintain the mother dispensary and facilitates all of our local programming such as the Herb Cart, the Herb Bus, the Grow a Row Program, the Herbalista Community Health Fair, and the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic.

The main apprentice days of work are Monday afternoons, when we work the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic, and Wednesday’s for the other Herbalista programming.  There can also be other events scattered throughout the year, such as teaching events or fundraisers or plant processing work, that will require additional assistance.

Due to the large amount of responsibility our apprentices manage, a strong working knowledge of herbal medicine is required.  You must have a foundation in medicine making, materia medica, and western medical herbalism.  A familiarity with TCM and/or Ayurved is also helpful.


FULL DISCLOSURE:

Dedicating yourself to free community herbal healthcare is not an easy task! Basically, it’s not always a rose-scented-cauldron-stirring kinda situation.

The hours we spend in actual clinic are minor in comparison to all of the behind the scenes work we must do to keep a project like this going! There is bottle washing.  There is schlepping. There is paperwork.  There is medicine making.  There is kit maintenance.  There is organizing… and reorganizing. There is scheduling.  There is fundraising.  And yes, there is laundry and dishes.

We are the underbelly of healthcare and we take on what others won’t or can’t.  We make the best of often shitty situations.  We navigate difficult personalities and bear witness to injustice at all levels of society.  We do a lot with a little and a little with next to nothing.  We make a difference… sometimes.  We are cultivating community day by day, planting seeds and pulling weeds (which we then turn into medicine, of course.)

We self-reflect.  We acknowledge our privilege and our trauma. We acknowledge those things in the world.  We meet people where they are at. We hold safe space.  We do our best and we make mistakes. We learn and we give it another shot.  We are works in progress.

Community herbalism inspires creativity and promotes agility.  It is empowering and humbling. It illuminates your mind, nurtures your capacity for love, but can also break your heart.  For me the important thing is that we are in this together.   We have each other and we have the plants.

We are lucky to be community herbalists indeed!


This apprenticeship requires a 1 year commitment. There is no tuition fee for this program. We have between 2 and 3 apprentices on a rolling basis.  Most apprentices join the crew after becoming involved in other aspects of our health network, either volunteering for our Herbalista Community Health Fair, the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic, or joining the Herb Cart Program.

If you have passion for supporting and serving your neighbors (both people and plants), if you have a basic knowledge of herbal medicine, if you can dedicate the time to our mission, and you are ready to make a commitment to our crew, please complete the application form from the link below, and return via email to Lorna@Herbalista.org

Thank you for your commitment to building a more vital and verdant community through herbalism. Viva la Herb Bus!

~Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Herbalista

Herbalista Apprenticeship Application

 

Herbalista Expedition 2017

Herbalista Expedition 2017 is well underway! I’ve packed up my kits and hopped the pond to Europe. This first month has been filled with a series of incredible conferences and gatherings, and I am blessed to be able to share these days with lovely plants and lovely people!

My first stop was HerbFeast, an annual Irish gathering celebrating all things herbal.  We feasted on the herbal knowledge of so many incredible teachers, including Kirsten Hale, Thomas Easley, and Fred Gillam (just to name a few.) I was honored to co-facilitate a Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop with Rosemary Gladstar.  We whipped up a couple batches of Fire Cider to be distributed in the Cork and Dublin communities.

Next stop was the Radical Herbal Gathering in the hills along the Welsh and English border.  Now in its 5th year, this gathering has nurtured an incredible network of radical healthcare that has grown far beyond these Shropshire fields. Run entirely by volunteers, proceeds from the gathering go to support their Herbal Aid Fund, helping to seed out grassroots herbal and health related projects.

If you want to see a glimpse into the journey so far,  here is a link to the Herbalista Expedition 2017 album I’ve started on Facebook.

Next week I will head to Ballinlough Castle for the Body & Soul Festival, about an hour from Dublin.  There I will be leading a couple of Plant Rambles to raise funds for the newest addition to the mobile clinic scene.  Which brings me to this very special announcement!

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We are thrilled to announce that the Herb Bike will be hitting the streets of Dublin this summer!  This mobile clinic will make stops around the Dublin area, providing herbal care and holistic support to those who need it most.  This project will run hand-in-hand with Pay-it-Forward Medicine Making Workshops and with any luck will be a highly contagious way to spread the health!  With talk of a sister Herb Bike project beginning out in Cork, Ireland, I’m thinking we may just have a mobile herb clinic epidemic on our hands!

Please consider a small donation and help us put a little air in her tires and some herbs in her basket!  Please click here to make a contribution.

I want to thank everyone back in the ATL who is working so hard to keep the home fires burning.  A big shoutout to the Health Fair Crew, the Harriet Tubman Footsters, and to the Herbalista Apprentices!  The chance to travel, to study, to serve, and to teach stokes my own internal flame and I’m grateful for this opportunity.

Herbally yours,
~ Lorna


For the rest of this issue of Herbalista Happenings, please follow this link:

http://mailchi.mp/93dc53417497/herbalista-expedition-2017?e=2124d53abb

The Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic

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Painted for the 25th Anniversary of the Open Door Community.

After 4 decades of service, the Open Door Community, home to the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic, is closing its Atlanta house and relocating to Baltimore, MD.  We will greatly miss the community that grew up around the Open Door.  We will miss their leadership on important issues.  We will miss their strong opinions that spoke truth to power. We will miss their welcoming hearts that built a more loving Atlanta.

And so we found ourselves in search of a new home for our little clinic.  We were fortunate to recently receive an invitation from Mercy Church, another community center dedicated to serving our friends on the street and in prison, to begin holding foot services in their Center.  We are currently moving our supplies to their facility which is located just a couple of blocks away, and look forward to reopening the clinic in the next couple of weeks. More details to follow!

Thank you all for your support during our transition.

2016 Herbalista Service Report

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HERBALISTA HEALTH NETWORK

2016 Service Report

Building Community Through Herbalism!  

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This past year Herbalista continued our mission of building community through herbalism by offering clinical support and educational opportunities.   We expanded our reach, offering care not only in Atlanta, but around the country and the world.

Members of  Herbalista outside the Open Door Community From L to R: Courtney, Corinne, Lorna, Chelsea, and Hannah

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Our mobile clinics facilitated a total of 38 clinics and 10 health fairs in 2016.  We worked with hundreds of folks, providing holistic care to those who need it most.

Rain or shine, the Cart makes its rounds.

List of Clinics:

16 Herb Cart Clinics

  • Woodruff Park (5)
  • The Open Door Community (1)
  • The Big House on Ponce (10)

17 Herb Bus Clinics

  • The Big House on Ponce (10)
  • The Open Door Community (7)

5 First Aid Stations

  • The Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference First Aid Station
  • The “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France (2 trips)
  • Herbal First Aid Station at Standing Rock, South Dakota
  • The Home Sweet Home Foot Care and Wellness Station in Dublin, Ireland

10 Community Health Fairs

  • The Big House on Ponce (10)

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The Herbalista Health Network continued to provide educational programming and facilitated 3 Plant Rambles, 3 Grow a Row Workshops, 5 Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshops, 10 educational series at the Herbalista Community Health Fairs, and 2 Herb Cart Weekend Trainings.

Plant Ramble in Kirkwood Forest on August 28, 2016. Atlanta, Ga

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Herbalista began to offer services abroad with Lorna traveling to Europe to both teach and serve.   In the summer of 2016, Lorna spent two months in Ireland, England, and France.

She taught the Herbalista model of community health care at both the HerbFeast Conference in Ireland and the Radical Herbalism Gathering in England.

Radical Herbalism Gathering 2016. Shropshire, UK.

Lorna also made 2 trips to the “Jungle” Refugee Camp in Calais, France, offering holistic foot care at an integrative First Aid Station in the heart of the camp.

Refugee First Aid and Foot Care Support Station. Calais, France. June 8, 2016

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Back in the States, Herbalista again facilitated the First Aid Station at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference.  This gathering is the largest herbal conference in the United States, with over 1200 women and children in attendance.  Our first aid station is an integrative clinic, staffed by both herbalists and EMT’s.

Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference First Aid Station Crew. Lake Eden, NC. October 16, 2016.

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In November of 2016, The Herb Bus drove out to the Standing Rock Reservation to offer relief work at the Oceti Sakowin Herbal First Aid Station.  Due to religious and social observances, they had a strong no alcohol policy and we were able to bring lots of non-alcoholic remedies, such as glycerites, capsules, and vinegar extracts to share at the clinic.

Standing Rock Wellness Area. Oceti Sakowin Camp, South Dakota. November 18, 2016.

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMIn December, Lorna traveled back to Europe to continue assisting in the development of community herbal programming.

She taught an foot care workshop in London to the Herbalists without Borders UK Chapter.

Herbalists without Borders UK Foot Care Workshop London, England December 2016

We also began planting the seeds for a new community initiative in Dublin.  On December 18th, we staged HerbShare Dublin: a Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop to prepare supportive remedies to distribute to the Homeless in Dublin to help them get through the winter months.

Medicines made at the Pay-It-Forward Medicine Making Workshop. December 18, 2016. Dublin, Ireland.

The night before our workshop, a campaign called “Home Sweet Home” to end homelessness was initiated by local housing activists and artists.  They set up  a new shelter in the Apollo House to provide a safe place for those who had been sleeping rough on the streets for the holiday season.  Lorna helped form the wellness committee which established rotating practitioners offering massage, physical therapy, herbal support, and foot care for both residents and volunteer staff.  We were able to distribute much of our medicine via the Home Sweet Home Campaign!

Foot Care Station at the Apollo House. December 22, 2016. Dublin, Ireland

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We felt so fortunate for all of the inspiring people we met along our journey this past year!  Here are a few of the great folks who dedicate their lives to building a more compassionate and caring world!

Sister Mary who offers a free foot care clinic for the homeless at the Capuchin Day Shelter in Dublin, Ireland.
All of the health care workers and activists at Standing Rock!
Nurse Cecilia Ibeabuchi of St. Francis House, who provides foot care as a part of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Maggie O’Keeffe, Herbalista and Housing Justice Activist at a Resource Station outside of the GPO in Dublin, Ireland.

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Thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors, and volunteers who make this work possible!

We look forward to building a healthier future together!

~The Herbalista Crew