Monthly Archives: November 2014

We are now accepting applications for our Herb Cart Program.  This service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic will provide free, earth-based care and health education beginning in 2015. The Herb Cart is a pop-up first aid station that sets up at soup kitchens and other communities in need around the Atlanta area.

We hope The Herb Cart will benefit all involved, by both get more healing herbs into the hands of the people and providing additional training opportunities for students of herbalism.  If you have been looking for a way to put your herbal knowledge to work, if you are looking for a chance to serve your community, then here is a chance to do BOTH! 

 

To volunteer with the Cart you must meet the following requirements:

  1. CPR and First Aid Certified within the last 2 years. This can be through any number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.  This must be completed prior to attending an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session.

  2. Attend an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session (Herbal First Aid, Herb Cart Protocol, etc.)  Each training session is limited to 8 participants.  Contact Lorna to register and make payment arrangements.

  3. Train at the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic at least twice (Safety and Sanitation, Clinical Flow, Anti-Oppressive Practice, etc.)  This clinic meets every Wednesday Night at the Open Door Community.

  4. Demonstrate herbal competence, compassion & pragmatism as a healthcare worker. Please note, participation in the program is at the discretion of the Herbalista Crew. 

We will schedule Herb Cart sessions on various Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s throughout the year.

To enroll in this project, please complete the Herb Cart Application.docx

Upcoming Herb Cart Trainings  

 January 9th – 11th, 2015

FRI 7pm – 9:30pm / SAT 10am – 5pm / SUN from 10am – 5pm

Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250

February 20th – 22nd, 2015

FRI 7pm – 9:30pm / SAT 10am – 5pm / SUN from 10am – 5pm

Location: Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250

November Herbalista Happenings

Here at Herbalista Headquarters we are always striving to come up with creative ways to make our endeavors sustainable and effective. Being flexible, allowing projects to shift and change over time as new needs are identified and methods realized, encouraging broad participation, focusing on training up the next set of helping hands and new leaders— all of these things are vital ingredients. We borrow often from the principles of “permaculture,” working to minimize waste and valuing feedback and diversity. Being a grassroots healthcare project means not only are we born of the community but must consistently reaffirm our relationship with it. And what better way to weave that web than to encourage active involvement in the day-to-day needs of our clinic. In October we tried out a new workshop model. The theory was simple – combine learning with service. We spent the day learning to make the remedies we use the most on the Bus, with special attention towards wintertime remedies. The supplies fee went towards our herbal ingredients, and 7 hours later folks had acquired new skills and the Bus had new medicines!! A win-win! You can read more about this amazing day here. Thanks to everyone who participated!

For those of you who have been following the work of the Bus, you might have heard mention a service project that has been in development over this past year. After lots of dreaming and scheming, I am pleased to finally announce the start of Herb Cart. This pop-up herbal first aid station will set up at soup kitchens and other marginalized communities around the Atlanta area. This project will offer BOTH healthcare to those in need and an educational opportunity for those looking for more hands-on clinical training. If you are interested in learning more, please read about project details and upcoming Herb Cart Training Workshops.

In this month of Thanksgiving, let us balance giving thanks with taking action. There is a lot of need in our world. I give thanks that there is also a lot of opportunity to address that need. We have many bodies, many brains, many hands, and many hearts. Let’s do this my friends. Together.

~Herbalista Lorna

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 WELCOME TO THE HERB CART

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMComing in 2015, this service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic will provide free, earth-based care and health education.  This pop-up first aid station will set up at soup kitchens and at other marginalized communities around the Atlanta area.  We hope this project will not only place more healing herbs into the hands of the people, but also provide an educational opportunity for those looking for herbal, hands on, clinical training.

If you have been looking for a way to put your herbal knowledge to work, if you are looking for a chance to serve your community, then here is the chance to do BOTH!!

To volunteer with the Cart you must meet the following requirements:

  • CPR and First Aid Certified within the last 2 years. This can be through any number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, American Heart Association, etc.  This must be completed prior to attending an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session.
  • Attend an Herb Cart Weekend Training Session (Herbal First Aid, Herb Cart Protocol, etc.)  Each training session is limited to 8 participants.  Contact Lorna to register and make payment arrangements.
  • Train at the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic at least twice (Safety and Sanitation, Clinical Flow, Anti-Oppressive Practice, etc.)  This clinic meets every Wednesday Night at the Open Door Community.
  • Demonstrate herbal competence, compassion & pragmatism as a health worker. Please note, participation in the program is at the discretion of the Herbalista Crew. 

We will schedule Herb Cart Clinics on various Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s throughout the year.

To enroll in this project, please email Lorna@herbalista.org

Upcoming Herb Cart Trainings 

January 9th – 11th, 2015

 Friday evening 7pm – 9:30pm

 Saturday from 10am – 5pm

 Sunday from 10am – 5pm

 Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250

 February 20th – 22nd, 2015

 Friday evening 7pm – 9:30pm

 Saturday from 10am – 5pm

 Sunday from 10am – 5pm

 Herbalista Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $250

 

Pay It Forward Medicine Making Workshop October 24th, 2014 Sponsored by Homestead ATL
Pay It Forward Medicine Making Workshop
October 24th, 2014
Sponsored by Homestead ATL

This past weekend we tried something a little new.  It was part of the ongoing attempt to make community healthcare sustainable.  Because, as we all know, free clinics aren’t really “free.”  They cost money to stock and money to run.  The hope is that if we can get creative about how we do this, that the cost can be minimal and Herbalista Free Clinic can continue serving for a long, long time.

Since we were looking for more community support for the Herbalista Free Clinic, then what better solution than to literally put the community to work, stocking the bus.  At this medicine making workshop (sponsored by Homestead Atlanta) we combined learning with service.  We spent the day learning to make the remedies we use most on the Bus, with particular attention to the needs of the coming winter months.  The supplies fees went towards the herbal ingredients and 7 hours later everyone had acquired new skills and the Bus had new medicines!!

The list of medicines we made is based on what the Bus was currently low on or use the most often.  This time we made Echinacea MPS amplified tincture (an advanced preparation involving percolation and reduction), infused calendula oil, a pain and trauma oil rub, astragalus brandy, fennel glycerite, and a winter health tea blend.  We more than sold out the class!  I can’t tell you how good it felt to see this type of workshop so well received.

Looking forward to many more!

~Herbalista Lorna