April Herbal Happenings


Can you feel the energy?  Spring is erupting in a riot of colors and aromas, as the familiar faces of our beloved plant companions reemerge onto the scene. It's time to hit the field!  This herbalista was thrilled to pack up the bus, head to the hills, and enjoy the spring ephemerals (our early spring flowers) this past weekend.  While flower gazing, I discovered a new trick to get the macro shots I've always struggled with.  By holding my loop (a jeweler's magnifying glass) up to the camera lens on my iPhone, I was finally able to focus on even the tiny sprays of yellow root blossoms.  Click here to see more from my ephemeral meanderings.

In between plant rendezvous, I spent Saturday afternoon teaching at Warren Wilson College.  After a mini-lecture on herbal first aid, we launched into a discussion about community herbalism and the realities of free clinic work.  I spoke about my experience at both the Harriet Tubman Foot Clinic and with the Herb Bus.  I was moved and heartened to see their enthusiasm for this type of work-- bringing plant medicine to the people.  While the field of herbal medicine has certainly grown exponentially in the last decade, it is not what you would consider a lucrative career path.  Add to that a "free clinic" component, and you have a recipe for "never getting out of your school debt."  This was obviously NOT the talk I gave.  Instead I simply shared my motivation for this type of work and the true rewards that pour into your life when you follow your passion and walk a healing path.  I think they bought it :)

This photo was taken at an Herb Bus clinic in February.  At this particular clinic we served 6 people.  We provided them with delicious tea, health recommendations, and herbs that would last them a month, until the Bus' return.  And return we do.  Every month!  One of the core tenants of our clinic is that we provide continuous care to our patients, giving them both the time and the amount of herbs needed to support chronic conditions.  And with each visit, we are seeing that this dedication and follow-up pays off.  If you would like to see more workings of the Herbalista Free Clinic (aka the Herb Bus), through the magical lens of photographer Jessica Horwitz, just click here.  If you are moved by what you see and would like to help us continue in our mission to bring earth-based care to underserved populations, please consider donating to the Herb Bus.  Just to give you an idea of what your donation can provide, we are averaging around $200/per clinic in material costs (herbs, bottles, etc.)  Thank you for helping us to better serve our community.       




at the BotanoLogos School

Join instructors Patricia Kyritsi Howell & Lorna Mauney-Brodek in the botanically rich mountains of N. Georgia and W. North Carolina as we explore the art of identifying wild plants and how to use them as medicines.  This class meets one Saturday a month from May to October. Click here for detailed information.


Viva la Herb Bus!
The Herbalista Free Clinic is a mobile clinic offering herbal care and comfort to underserved populations.  As our services grow, we hope to offer training and guidance to others who wish to utilize this type of health care model to serve their community.  To learn more, 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 check. Payable to the Baraka Foundation (write Herb Bus on the memo line) c/o Lorna Mauney-Brodek, PO Box 17967, Atlanta, GA 30316.

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




Lorna Mauney-Brodek is a traveling herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter, and teacher who dedicates her herbwork to promoting diversity, environmental responsibility, and social justice.  She offers a sliding scale herbal clinic in East Atlanta, and leads the Harriet Tubman Soul Foot Clinic and Herbalista Free Mobile Clinic to provide earth-based care to underserved populations.  She teaches at various venues around the southeast, including the BotanoLogos School, the Blue Ridge School, the Homestead Atlanta, 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.  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 to schedule an appointment. 


Harriet Tubman

Wednesday's, 7pm-9:30pm 

at The Open Door

This free foot clinic provides holistic support to Atlanta's homeless population. We combine herbal and conventional methods to promote full health.  If you are interested in donating services, funds, or supplies, please contact the clinic coordinator, Lorna Mauney-Brodek at Lorna@Herbalista.org
For a look at the clinic in action, see this beautiful photo essay (pgs 6&7) or view photos from our holiday clinic.




April 9th, 2013 6:00pm-7:00 pm
at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta
Meet at the Dragon on Pendleton Street
By Donation
Join Herbalista Lorna for an evening stroll through the largest park in East Atlanta. Discover the medicinals and edibles growing all around us. Children welcome.


Spring Detox
Yoga & Herbs

April 18th - April 29th, 2013

at Candler Park Chiropractic

As days get longer and the weather warms, it is time to shed our winter coat.  Join Lynn Brandli, certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, and Lorna Mauney-Brodek, Herbalist, on a seasonal detox program.  We will use yoga, meditation, breath, food and herbs to help you feel your best and bring a little sun into your heart.  For more information click here.



Guest Teacher: Oscar Sierra, L.Ac. & Herbalist
April 21, 2013 6:30-8pm

in the Gardenhouse Workshop

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Join us for an exploration of chinese herbs that call the southeastern United States home.  Many so called "invasive weeds" are prominent medicine in the Chinese materia medica.  Come learn more about these recent immigrants and how to benefit from their bounty.

at the BotanoLogos School   

Where: Rabun Co., N. Georgia
Dates: April 27th & 28th
or July 13th & 14th

Join Patricia and Lorna for a basic botany seminar, perfect for those new to the art of plant identification.  You’ll learn everything you’ll need to know to participate in our daylong Appalachian Field Botany series, or to identify plants on your own.  This is a great opportunity for botany beginners to get a solid foundation in field botany!  Click here for more detailed information.


Blending healing energy in social spaces.

Redbud Garnish

It is the little touches that can make even the simplest offering magical.  The redbud tree covers itself in delicate pink blossoms before sending out its heart-shaped leaves.  These blossoms have a tangy sweetness that adds a vibrant touch (and vitamin C) to a springtime meal or refreshment. No preparation required, just pick and sprinkle! 

For more elixirs, visit the Elixir Page.



Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis
Atlanta, GA MAR 16 2013
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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