It’s all about Atlanta today.  So earlier I posted a link to our foraging database, for medicinal plants around the atlanta area.   And now here is the link to a listing of Free and Low Cost Clinics in Atlanta.

This list is by no means all-inclusive and is quite literally a work in progress.  The information provided on this list has been culled from the internet, by word of mouth, and through personal contact. If I have personally interacted with a resource, it has been underlined, so I can better vouch for the information provided. Over time, we hope this list will grow and descriptions improve as we get better acquainted with the different providers and services.

If you have had any experience with these services and would like to suggest modifications to descriptions, or if you can recommend additions to the list, please notify us at Lorna@Herbalista.org.

You don’t have to live on a pristine mountainside or disappear into the wilderness to be an herbalist and have a meaningful relationship with your local plant medicine.  In our megapolis, we are surrounded by plantain and dandelion growing through cracks in the sidewalk, mimosa trees sprouting in abandoned lots, and honeysuckle and kudzu clambering up telephone poles!  Take a look around.  Discover what’s growing in your yard ?  Who are your green neighbors?

Check out our Forage page at the Herbalista website and see our month-by-month photo gallery and guide to the medicinals growing all around us in Atlanta.  You’ll be surprised by our medicinal abundance.

Never ingest anything you have not positively identified.  For practice with proper plant identification join us on guided plant walks throughout the season or use a reliable field guide such as, Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants by “Wildman” Steve Brill. Please harvest responsibly and review Wildcrafting for Beginners by Howie Brounstein who reminds us, “Wildcrafting is stewardship.”

 

The Herb Cart is the newest service project of the Herbalista Free Clinic. This little herbal first aid station on wheels aims to provide both care and education to underserved communities around the Atlanta area. It also serves as a training opportunity for herbalists and herb students wishing for more clinical opportunities. For more information on the Herb Cart Program and how you can be involved, click here.

IMG_1030We ran our first clinic yesterday at Woodruff Park (aka Troy Davis Park) alongside Food Not Bombs. The Food Not Bombs Movement finds inspiration in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King who said “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” They bring a hot meal and music to the park every Sunday.

IMG_1075We were happy to join them in their mission, and a little temporary community was formed for this brief afternoon. Food, medicine, and music for all!  We set up two consultation areas, with the cart in the middle to serve as our apotheke on wheels.  If you are interested in this type of work, please check out our photo album here.   You can see the evolution of what was once a wee shopping cart into the herbalistic vessel she is today 🙂

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I’m putting some final edits on the Herb Cart Manual and will be posting that to the website soon for your pleasure and use.  Here’s to hoping that this project is highly contagious, and we have herb carts breaking out across the country in epidemic proportions.

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A girl can dream can’t she…

~ Herbalista Lorna

 

Went down to Woodruff Park (aka Troy Davis Park) in downtown Atlanta yesterday afternoon to provide herbal care alongside the Food not Bombs crew. Worked with around 12 people over the 2 hours we were there. Most people were dealing with winter time ailments — chest congestion, sinus congestion, low energy, and the aches and pains the cold weather brings. But there were also folks who wanted help with chronic concerns, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. I make sure to bring non-alcoholic options (glycerinates, capsules, tea bags) in addition to my tincture kit as not every one can take medicines prepared with alcohol.

The gentleman in the picture is holding my log-in sheet, which I use to keep track of the conditions I see and the remedies I offer. It also has spaces to mark important information such as medications they might already be taking, allergies they have, and if they can take remedies made in alcohol. There is a copy of this form in the SEWHC First Aid Manual that is available for free in PDF form from the “Resources” page of the Herbalista website.

I want to thank the Food not Bombs volunteers for the great work they do. And I hope I can join them again soon.

For those of you looking to take action, I have thought to share with you the brainstorming I have done over the last couple of years.  This dossier is just a compilation of thoughts, documents, and excerpts on what’s at issue with the cGMP’s and possible actions.  I’m hoping it helps to spark the VERY NEEDED push to  protect herbal access in this country!

For more information and regular updates, check the Good Herbalista Practices page on the Herbalista website.

 

GMP Pushback Dossier.pdf

Building Community through Herbalism

  • Grow a Row

  • Medicine Making Workshops

  • Herbalista Free Clinics

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2014 Service Report

 

Another year of adventures in healthcare!  

 

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In Atlanta (our herbal hub) we continued regular services at our 2 Herb Bus Stations, 

conducting 148 consultations over the course of 22 clinics.

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The Big House Station, Atlanta, GA

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At these monthly clinical rounds, we poured endless pots of seasonal tea, dispensed 6 1/2 gallons of customized tincture formulas (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), 14#’s of raw custom herbal and powder blends, and a variety of other remedies including aromatic inhalers, herbal capsules, and oil rubs.

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Inside the Herb Bus Apotheke

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We served at several herbal first aid stations including:

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the Florida Earthskills Gathering
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the Rainbow Gathering in Utah
and the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in North Carolina

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The Bus drove over 10,000 miles delivering healthcare and herbal education around the country.  

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The Five Flavors Crew,  Lassen National Forest, California

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe shared the Herb Bus model of healthcare with classes and communities from Atlanta to California.   Some of our hosts included Ponderosa High School, the California School of Herbal Studies,  Sacred Plant Traditions, Five Flavors Herbs, Homestead Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art.

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Ponderosa High School, Flagstaff, AZ

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe expanded our efforts to make community herbalism sustainable by initiating new programs that combine service with education:

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Pay-it-Forward Medicine Making: Teaching medicine making skills while we stock the Herb Bus with needed remedies.
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Grow A Row: Supply locally and sustainably grown herbs to the Herb Bus by enlisting and supporting local farmers in the cultivation of medicinal herbs.  A joint project with Funny Farm Atlanta.
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Herb Cart: An Herbalista service project providing herbal first aid while offering learning opportunities for herbalists and herb students.

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 8.00.20 PMWe made many friends and memories:

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Talking buses, gift economy, and tea in Long Beach with Guisepi of the Free Tea Party Bus
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Being inspired at the Radical Herbalists Gathering in Shropshire, England.
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Spending time with special plants in special places. Anemone on Mount Shasta, California.
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Harvesting and preparing medicine to share with my community and those in need.  Arnica and Osha, Utah.

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Tending the feet of our friends on the street with the Catholic Workers at Friday Foot Care on Skid Row, Los Angeles, California.

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For all this and so much more, we are grateful.

We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to serve our community

and thankful for your friendship and support on this journey.

~The Herbalista Crew

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Herbalista Crew (Past and Present): Lorna, Corinne, Todd, Amanda, Kaitlin, Lynda, and Anna

 

 

 

 

My sister and I took a trip to New Orleans over the winter holidays and lucky me to stumble across this gem of a museum.  Now I’m already a bit of a museum buff, I like the chance to sit with things and ponder their significance in our world, so combine that with bottles and bits and herbs and potions and it’s almost too much!

Wishing you a New Year filled with peace, smiles, and candy canes

For the final clinic of the year we throw a foot fiesta at the Open Door Community.  In addition to offering full foot care services and community acupuncture, we sip cider, nibble on sweets, and spin those holiday tunes– I’m talking some James Brown’s Funky Christmas and a little Motown action.

Thanks to the help and contributions of our volunteers and friends, we are also able to hand out gift bags to our friends on the street.  We fill these bags with items to help keep the harsh winter at bay, such as herbal salves, cough drops, and cozy wool socks.  For some photos of the final clinic of 2014, please click here.

It’s been over 8 years since I first sat down at the Open Door and had the honor of holding someone’s feet in my hands.  In the tradition of counting our blessings, I feel grateful to have found the Open Door and their open hearts.  They have been an inspiring force in my life.  I want to thank them for their commitment to service, for their unwavering dedication to human rights, and their courageous ability to take direct action.  May you all find your inspiration this New Year.

~Herbalista Lorna

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GROW A ROW for the HERBALISTA FREE CLINIC!

 

Together with the Funny Farm of Stone Mountain, we are excited to share the launch of our new project — Grow a Row!

Our Goal –  To supply the Herbalista Free Clinic with locally and sustainably grown herbs by enlisting and supporting our local farmers in our Grow a Row Project.  We hope that this will not only bring more herbal medicine to the people of our community, but will help develop a market for locally grown medicinal herbs!

OBJECTIVES

Grow and donate high quality herbs for the Herb Bus apothecary

Develop a market for locally grown medicinal herbs

Collect data on production rates for herb production

Study the potential for herb growing as a profit center for local farmers

Promote bioregional herb production

Spread knowledge about herb growing

WE WILL PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

Guidance on what herbs might be profitable to grow

Seed or plants for the 9 herbs we need for the apothecary

Advice on production techniques for herbs we have experience with at The Funny Farm

On-going support throughout the growing season

A team of gatherers to harvest herbs at the appropriate times

Medicinal uses and recipes for each herb.

MEET THE HERBALISTA FREE CLINIC

The Herbalista Free Clinic, traveling via the Herb Bus, provides free clinical care, a spot of tea, and herbal education in the Atlanta area. The Herbalista Free Clinic is the 2013 recipient of the American Herbalists Guild Community Service Award. For all the herbalistic details, please visit the Herb Bus website at www.HerbBus.org

MEET THE FUNNY FARM

The Funny Farm is a 3 acre suburban permaculture haven, located in Stone Mountain, GA where Duane and Robin grow veggies, small fruits, herbaceous and woody flowers, medicinal herbs, mushrooms, and worms. They teach classes on organic gardening, sustainable living, and run the medicinal herb line Stone Mountain Herbs.  For more information, please visit www.funnyfarmatl.com

Please print our info packet: Grow an Herb Row 

Join us at the Grow a Row Groundbreak!

February 14th, from 10am -1pm

at the Funny Farm

FREE but RSVP required!

Email to reserve your spot.

Join other farmers and urban gardeners with an interest in medicinal herb growing.  We will review our 9 herbs in depth, including growing tips and medicinal applications.  These are herbs that the Herbalista Free Clinic uses in abundance and have practical applications for even the kitchen herbalist!  Choose your herb and receive the seeds to Grow a Row!

Thanks to everyone for their support as we continue

Building Community through Herbalism!

For more information, please contact us at

growanherbrow@gmail.com

 

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