COVID-19 Community Care Center

These are difficult times and we began this page in order to share the things we are trying and finding useful– safety protocols, recipes, handouts, etc.  We hope they will be helpful to you and your loved ones.

This pandemic is revealing how torn the social and welfare fabric of our country is. Many, actually all of us, will suffer greatly due to this lack of public health policy, lack of universal healthcare, lack of housing, lack of food security, lack of so many things… maybe these events will teach us as a nation and a globe that health and happiness are not independent of others. They are collective pursuits. True healthcare is based on a foundation of mutual respect and mutual aid!

The Herbalista Free Clinic is preparing large amounts of HerbCare Packages for distribution to our friends on the street every week.  If you would like to contribute to our work, please click here or on the button below to view our wish list.

DISCLAIMER DISCO: We are herbalists and not licensed medical doctors and do not diagnose or prescribe.  The information here is based on a variety of sources, including the WHO, the CDC, and a variety of herbal traditions.  Many of the recommendations are based on traditional applications for managing respiratory viruses in general. We make no claim regarding COVID-19, as this viral strain is new and so unknown to us.  All folks are different, with different needs and different ways that their bodies respond to illness and to herbs. Please listen to your body and trust your experience. Hopefully you will have other support as well, from family and friends, from the medical community, and from our government.  We hope that together we can all find the care we need in these difficult times.

Main File

COVID-19 Community Care Guide

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Practical resources and protocols for the community herbalist and folks in general. This 11 page guide covers a range of topics such as basic COVID information; sanitation concerns (including how to make your own hand sanitizer); personal prevention; community living prevention; dealing with stress and anxiety; cold-care kitchen medicine; basic home care for mild illness; recuperation;  clinical and apothecary concerns; and oh so much more.

Let’s keep each other safe and healthy!

Recipes

KITCHEN MEDICINE

Cold-Care Kitchen Medicine Handout

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Our kitchens are literal medicine chests! These recommendations and recipes are based on traditional approaches for managing basic health, supporting the body and mind when under the weather.

Cold-Care Kitchen Basic Shopping List

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Having supplies ready in the pantry BEFORE you get sick is a good idea.  Here are some suggestions of items to have on hand:

Electrolyte Blend (Simple)

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It’s important when you are sick to stay hydrated.  While water and teas are an amazing way to stay hydrated, sometimes you need a little extra! 

Fire Cider

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Spicy vinegar based tonic made with pungent and aromatic kitchen herbs! 

Winter Soup/ Stock

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This handout gives basic instructions to prepare a deeply nourishing and immune enhancing soup stock to help you stay healthy all winter long… or in this case, all year long!

TEAS

Cold Care Tea

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This tea blend combines aromatic Tulsi Basil with a spicy-sweet chai blend.  Tulsi is a lovely adaptogenic herb that promotes wellness of body and mind. 

Lung Re-Leaf Tea

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This tea blend is a tasty way to support your lung health. Filled with lovely aromatics it is also an uplifting blend!

Sweet Soother Tea

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A blend of mucilaginous, anti-inflammatory and vulnerary herbs, this blend is indicated for things like a sore throat, acid reflux, a dry cough, an itchy rash (topically and internally), etc.  Not to mention, it tastes sweet and lovely!

Tulsi Chai

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This tea blend combines aromatic Tulsi Basil with a spicy-sweet chai blend.  Tulsi is a lovely adaptogenic herb that promotes wellness of body and mind. 

TONICS, EXTRACTS and ELIXIRS

Fire Cider

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Spicy vinegar based tonic made with pungent and aromatic kitchen herbs! 

B.R.A.V.E.

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BOTANICAL RESPIRATORY ANTI-VIRAL ELIXIR

This hot glycerite extract combines herbs that have traditionally been used to prevent and speed the healing from cold + flu, boost immunity, and support the respiratory system.

TOPICAL PREPARATIONS

Hand Sanitizer Formulas

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If you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use a hand sanitizing rub.  Here are a set of recipes we use in the Herbalista Free Clinic, which were originally based on formulas by the World Health Organization.

Printables

COVID-19 Community Care Brochure

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2 sided google doc brochure written with practical advice for our friends living on the street.

Folleto de cuidado para el COVID-19

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Foletto imprimible hecho por “Herbalista Free Clinic”, una clínica gratuita, para ser distribuido y con atención especial para los que viven sin hogar o con escasos recursos.

Prevention Graphix

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Courtesy of Dublin Airport, a simple graphic with hygiene and safety reminders.

HerbCare Pack Ideas

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When assembling a care pack, there are lots of options.  Think about if your pack is geared towards prevention, or to help care for someone already suffering with mild illness.  Here are suggestions for different categories of care and items you might consider.

Mercy Church Community HerbCare Packages

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Example packing list for the HerbCare Packages we are distributing to our friends on the street via Mercy Church.  Notice we also include HerbCare Packages for the Mercy Staff, and also herbs for use when they prepare food for the soup kitchen.

Packing List for Grocery Distro Location

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Example packing list for the HerbCare Packages we are distributing to folks via the Free Grocery Distro at the South Bend Commons.  We’ve included lots of kitchen medicine in these packs that can be useful to folks who have kitchens and can cook.

Harvest + Growing

Wildcrafting Log Sheet

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We care deeply about the health of our planet and the plants, so please, only gather from clean and abundant sources! If you are not familiar with “ethical wildcrafting,” please spend the time to read this information made available by Howie Brounstein here.  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

Growing + Harvest Records

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It is increasingly hard to source herbs from far away.  This is the perfect time to build more local herbal infrastructure.  Here are the records we use for our Grow a Row Program.

Grow a Row Atlanta

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The Grow A Row Program promotes herban-agriculture in the Atlanta area by encouraging seed and skill sharing.  Now, more than ever, it is so important we establish a local herbal infrastructure!  We welcome farmers, schools, and individuals! 

Public Health Resources

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Hub

World Health Organization (WHO)

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WHO Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Hub

UK Public Health Department

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Guidance for health professionals and other organizations

Mutual Aid + Street Medicine

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR)

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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action.

It’s Going Down (USA)

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Autonomous Groups Are Mobilizing Mutual Aid Initiatives to Combat the Coronavirus

Freedom News (UK)

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COVID-19 UK Mutual Aid groups: a list

Street Medicine Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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“People experiencing unsheltered homelessness are at high risk of dying from COVID19…While people sleeping in shelters are at increased risk due to the impossibility of physical distancing, most people experiencing homelessness have chronic, severe medical conditions … that place them at high risk of death from COVID19. This document offers guidance for safety, scarcity of supplies, and special considerations for street medicine teams caring for rough sleepers.” Produced by the Street Medicine Institute

Mental Health

Viral Anxiety and Herbal Medicine

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5 page handout by 7Song with herbal suggestions to support our mental health during this crisis.

The Icarus Project

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The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness. We advance social justice by fostering mutual aid practices that reconnect healing and collective liberation.

COVID Resource and Information Guide

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 600 state organizations and affiliates across the nation. Find your local NAMI here. We hope this guide is helpful to the NAMI community and the greater public during this difficult period.

Herbal Care

Resources for the Herbalist and Community Care Worker

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compiled by Larken Bunce for Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism lasted updated 3/22/20; will be updated as more resources become available

Treating Pandemic Influenza with Herbal Medicine

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written during the Swine Flu by British Herbalists Christopher Hedley and Non Shaw.  Straightforward advice on dealing with a flu from a holistic perspective.

American Herbalists Guild COVID-19 Resources

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This page  serves as a collection of articles, links, resources, recommendations, and more centering around COVID-19.

COVID-19: An Herbalist’s Perspective

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featuring Guido Masé, Tammi Sweet, Deb Soule, and Charis Lindrooth

Podcast 116: Herbs for Coronavirus

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podcast from the Commonweath Center for Holistic Herbalism, featuring herbalists Katja and Ryn.  More than just herbs, they cover other essentials such as sanitation, supplies, immune support, and more.

COVID Guidance by American Society of Acupuncturists

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helpful recommendations for Licensed Acupuncturists as issued by this Society

ATL Resources

United Way of Great Atlanta

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Very succinct listing of resources — food services (food pantries, soup kitchens, grocery delivery, senior hours, free school meal distro, etc); housing services (eviction and foreclosure); health and medical (testing, mental health); prescription services; childcare services; employment; benefits; etc.

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