January Herbal Happenings


This month's offering--a hope for 2013 that we can live with purpose and work with compassion. And if you don't yet know your life's passionate purpose, may you have the courage and curiosity to keep looking for it.   

I'm writing fresh off a shift with the
People's Relief Medical Clinic in the Rockaways and Coney Island.  The picture here is of the Coney Island walk-in clinic being run out of a medically outfitted train-car.  After offering some care to walk-in cases, we spent the evening providing medical services door-to-door in a 19 story high rise that hasn't had elevator service since Hurricane Sandy hit.  The residents of Ocean View Towers not only have had to withstand the horrors brought by the hurricane, but a difficult recovery process that is lasting far too long.  Many residents are elderly and/or disabled and are unable to navigate the endless flights of cold, slippery, concrete stairs to fetch their food and medicine.  We encountered a wide range of medical ailments, conditions often aggravated by the fear and frustration they are living through. They are now told the elevator won't be fixed until the end of February. It is truly heartbreaking.  I go into a bit more detail in my recent posting in The Herb Bus blog.

The team of volunteers that coalesced to provide relief services when governmental agencies were failing this community is an inspiring vision of what health care can be.  These dedicated, compassionate and endlessly patient health care workers provide a full spectrum of health care services -- nurse practitioners, herbalists, doctors, EMT's, social workers, and street medics working side-by-side.  This is collaborative medicine at its best.  Navigating the tactical challenges of providing free grassroots health care in a country whose healthcare system is profit-based can be draining and daunting. It is important that we continue to share the stories of our successes and failures to create a collective knowledge base from which we can continue this work.  To learn more about the People's Relief Medical Clinic including plans for a more permanent wellness center click here.

Atlanta has urgent medical needs as well.  And there are many here working to spread the health.  In particular, I'd like to thank all the volunteers from the
Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic for their dedication to providing foot care for our city's homeless. Caring for feet not only ensures basic mobility, but can provide relief from pain,  ease stress, and tonify the different organs and systems of the body.  For our last clinic of 2012, we had a celebratory evening, offering foot, acupuncture, and massage services all while passing spiced cider and sweets. You can see pictures of the holiday clinic and party here.

This month's edition of Herbal Happenings is filled with many more opportunities, both herbalistic and fantastic, to learn, feel, and share the health.  Enjoy!



Traveling Botanical
Free Clinic

The Herb Bus is a free, mobile clinic offering herbal care and comfort to underserved populations, including our city's homeless.  Services begin this month!  Follow our adventures on Facebook or our blog.

If you would like to support the Herb Bus, please consider making a tax-deductible donation via the Baraka Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.  All donations go towards herbs and services and can be made via Paypal or by 


Payable to the Baraka Foundation
(write The Herb Bus on the memo line)
c/o Lorna Mauney-Brodek
PO Box 17967, Atlanta, GA 30316

Paypal:  Please click

Let's build a strong and vibrant community through herbalism and a commitment to the health of our neighbors.



2013 Programs

Herbal Studies Cert.
at the BotanoLogos School
MAR-DEC, Rabun Co., GA

Introduction to the art of herbal healing. You'll gain first-hand experience with herbs in the wild, along with an increased awareness of the importance of seasonal rhythms. 
Visit www.wildhealingherbs.com 
for full details and registration information.
Advanced Clinical
at the Blue Ridge School
FEB-OCT, Weaverville, NC

Learn the necessary skills, from assessment to treatment, to become a practitioner of Herbal Medicine.  In this 400-hour class, students learn about holistic approaches to disease, taking a medical history, making assessments and treatment plans, counseling skills, business skills, and more.  Students see clients under the tutelage of skilled practitioners in a low-cost clinic, providing a hands-on experience that also serves the community. 
for full details and registration information.


Lorna Mauney-Brodek is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter, and teacher who dedicates her herbwork to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice.  Growing up "americana," her health practices reflect the abundantly diverse influences of these lands.  Early barefoot adventures in the Appalachian foothills and global wanderings with tent-packing parents eventually led to more frmal trainings in plant medicine.  She completed an herbal residency with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a clinical internship at the Blue Ridge School, and does continued study with Patricia Kyritsi Howell of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies.  She offers a sliding scale herbal clinic in East Atlanta, leads the Harriet Tubman Soul Foot Clinic and the Herb Bus to provide free foot care & holistic healing to our friends on the street.  She teaches at various venues around the southeast, including the BotanoLogos School, the Blue Ridge School, and The Herb Kitchen



of East Atlanta

A sliding scale clinic
for intown herbal care.

MON, WED, & FRI by appt.
HERBAL MEDICINE is the oldest and most widely used medicine in the world.  Herbs are effective, environmentally friendly, and tantalizing to all the senses.  Lorna is a general practioner with experience aiding adults and children with a variety of issues.  A thorough review of medical history and body system energetics allows her to formulate herbal tonics made specifically for your needs.  Click here to learn more or schedule an appointment. 


Harriet Tubman


Wednesday's, 7pm-9:00pm 

at The Open Door

This free foot clinic provides holistic support to Atlanta's homeless population each Wednesday from 7pm-9pm.  We combine traditional herbal and conventional methods to promote full health.  On the 3rd Wednesday of each month we also host a community acupunture clinic to assist with stress, PTSD, and pain-related complaints. If you are interested in volunteering time or donating supplies, please contact clinic coordinator, Lorna Mauney-Brodek at Lorna@Herbalista.org
The foot clinic was featured in a beautiful photo essay in October's issue of Hospitality, the Open Door's monthly newspaper. (pgs 6&7)



10 DAY

Winter Program

January 6th - 16th, 2013
Candler Park Chiropractic
Join Lynn Brandli, certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, and Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Herbalist, for 10 days of healing, detoxifying and boosting your immune system through yoga, meditation, breath, food and herbs.  This course will include an introduction to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of healing that works to balance the 5 elements and living seasonally for optimal health in the body. This program includes:
  • 10 days of detoxifying and nourishing yoga poses, breath work,  & herbal support
  • Daily routines to cleanse and heal the body
  • Daily healing meditations
  • Detoxifying massage or Reiki with full package
$260 for full program including 1 hour massage or Reiki session.
$200 for course without massage or Reiki
Space is limited so please let us know that you will be joining us!
Contact Lynn Brandli at
yogaposesdaily@comcast.net for more info.



January 20, 2013 6:30-8pm
in the Gardenhouse Workshop

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Join us for our first meeting of the new year as we plan and vision for 2013.  We will also screen the recent documentary Herbal Aide.  Herbal Aide is a non-profit founded to document, inspire & fund grassroots herbal projects & businesses that are working towards creating positive, sustainable social change.  This film features herbalists who use their passion for plants as a tool to support their community in health & healing.



The HERB KITCHEN presents...

Join us as we explore
the sensual side of herbs
from the kitchen to the boudoir.

February 7, 2013, 7-9 o'clock


at the Love and Light Center

Ladies Only & Reservations Required.

Visit www.theherbkitchen.com 

for complete details.




Blending healing energy in social spaces.


The long, cold, nights and gray days of winter can leave us feeling a little blue.  This tea blend combines the power of herbal adaptogens with warming spices. Adaptogens help our bodies handle to stressful environments, balances body systems, and nourishes us at the deepest level.  Tulsi basil is an adaptogen that promotes the metabolism, protects the heart, balances blood sugar, enhances immunity, promotes longevity, and tastes great! A species of basil, it has a spicier and more floral flavor than the common italian basil.  Tulsi is also known as holy basil and is worshipped by Hindus as the avatar of goddess  Lakshmi.  Tulsi grows quite easily here in Atlanta and will last well into the fall.  By combining Tulsi with a digestive chai blend, we can warm our hearts and bodies to stay healthy and happy in these final days of winter.

2 1/2 oz Tulsi Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
2 1/2 oz Chai Blend (see below)
1 oz fresh ground Cinnamon
1 oz Ginger chunks
1/2 oz Shredded licorice**
**Licorice can encourage sodium and fluid retention.  Use with caution if hypertensive.

To Prepare:
* Blend all ingredients in a big bowl and store in a labeled jar.
 Use 1 tbsp per 1 cup water.
* Pour freshly boiled water over herb and steep covered for at least 15 minutes.

For more elixirs, visit the Elixir Page.



Rosemary in bloom, Rosemarinus officinalis
Atlanta, GA DEC 2012
 There are wonderful medicinal & edible plants growing all around us, even right here in this urban jungle.  Learning our local plants improves health, reduces oil consumption, AND provides security in knowing that what you need is growing right out your backdoor.  Click here to see what's in season around the Atlanta area.




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