November Herbal Happenings


As we witness the devestation from Sandy, extending from the Carribean through New England, it is a reminder of the importance of community.  When our homes have been destroyed and our normal means of existance ruptured, we hope there is a hand to catch us.  It is important not to wait until disaster to begin weaving your web of support.  This support structure starts with you and includes your neighbors, your local fauna and flora, and will continue to grow as long as you nurture and care for it.  

This past month I was lucky to attend two herbal conferences which filled me with abundant gratitude, not just for the opportunity to work alongside the healing plants, but also for the deeply compassionate and incredibly intelligent herb-lovers I am sharing this journey with.  First came the Southeast Women's Herbal Conference.  This annual gathering of over 1,000 women and children, offers learning on so many levels.  Helping to facilitate the free clinic each year is a highlight, as I appreciate the opportunity to combine passions-- free health care, herbal first aid, and support for out sisters.  Here is a link to photos from this year's clinic.  In an effort to "spread the health," I put together a checklist for supplies needed to set-up a highly functioning clinic to service 1000+ women and children for 3 day events.  This is still a work in progress, but I hope is helpful and can be a stepping stone to making this type of offering a more regular occurance.

Just a fews days later I hopped a plane to Western Pennsylvania for the American Herbalists Guild Symposium for 3 days of classes and plant walks.  The woods were on fire with fall (the picture above is the fading foliage of Wild Yam.) The teacher-roster was incredible, and really displayed the diversity that gives herbal medicine both its relevence and longevity.  The Georgia Herbalists Guild sponsored a viewing of the documentary Herbal Aide which promotes community building through herbalism.  This one hour film highlights the wonderful miriad of ways in which we can support our community through our herbal work (disaster relief, United Plant Savers, free clinics, education, etc...)  Here in Atlanta, one way I contribute to community building is through my work at the Open Door.  Our weekly free foot clinic was featured in a beautiful
 photo essay in last month's issue of Hospitality, the Open Door's monthly newspaper (aee pgs 6 & 7.)  Click here to learn more about this clinic's holistic offerings and how you can be of service.

So what's to come? The month begins with 3 days of amazing classes at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with Christopher Hobbs and Richo Cech (see calendar below for details.)  Then, as we ease into the holiday marathon, I'm offering an herbal gifts workshop on the 10th in the hopes that we can show our friends and family how healing the holidays can be when we gift them with herbs.

Today is seen by many cultures as a day of transition.  We move from summer to winter and we recognize the cycle of life and death.  We have just witnessed massive destruction, and now we have the chance to rebuild and nurture. 



Give the gift of health
this holiday season!

Saturday, November 10, 2012
1-5:30 pm
$90 (all materials included)
Brownwood Park Recreational Center

Make your own holiday gifts with tantalizing, aromatic herbs.  We will explore ways to maintain winter health using herbal medicine as we create an array of herb-inspired gifts, such as syrups, bath & body blends, herbal elixirs, & more.  

Follow the link above to secure your spot via PayPal
or visit for more details.



of East Atlanta

A sliding scale clinic for intown herbal care.
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday (by appt.)

HERBAL MEDICINE is the oldest and most widely used medicine in the world.  Used to both prevent and heal, herbs are affordable, environmentally friendly, and are 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.  


Spicebush Berry, Lindera benzoin
Atlanta, Georgia   SEPT2012

Herbs don't just come in bottles, shipped from far away places. There are wonderful medicinal and edible plants growing all around us.  Learning and using local plants improves health, provides the freshest of flavors, reduces oil consumption, AND gives you a sense of security in knowing that what you need is right out your backdoor. 

Click here to see what's available around the Atlanta area.



Lorna Mauney-Brodek is a community herbalista, medicine maker, and teacher serving who community through the practice of herbal medicine.  She teaches herbal medicine at the BotanoLogos School and the Blue Ridge School.  She is also co-foundeder of The Herb Kitchen, an Atlanta-based herb project, which strives to make herbs both accessible and delicious through education and herbal events.  Lorna offers a sliding scale herbal clinic in East Atlanta and on Wednesday nights leads the Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clnic at the Open Door Community.



Healthcare for all!

Wednesday evenings, 7pm-9:00pm 
(except major and house holidays)
This free foot clinic provides holistic support to Atlanta's homeless population each Wednesday evening fom 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 acupuncture 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

The foot clinic was featured in a beautiful photo essay in last month's issue of Hospitality, the Open Door's monthly newspaper (pgs 6 & 7)



No November Meeting

The November and December meetings are combined into one FABULOUS HOLIDAY PARTY--  December  2
Details TBA



November 1st & 3rd
International author, lecturer, and emerald-thumb gardener Richo Cech is the author of several widely acclaimed texts, including Horizon Herbs Growing Guide and Catalog & The Medicine Makers Handbook.

Thursday, November 1 at 7pm
Plants for the Future: 
Herbal Medicine Healing the Earth
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Free Alston Lecture

Join Richo Cech for a free Alston Lecture as he shares his world of small, diverse herbal farms that provide local medicine while helping buffer the effects of climate change, now and into the future. He will discuss some common herbs and herbal formulas that give results when pharmaceuticals fail and share exciting new findings in herbal medicine. A book-signing will follow. 

Saturday, November 3 9:30am - 3:30pm
Medicinal Herb Gardening
Atlanta Botanical Gardens 
Fee: $79 (Members $69)

In the context of natural gardening techniques, Richo Cech will discuss common and rare herbs for home medicine making and for diversifying your garden, nursery and herbal products.

L.Ac. and Herbalist

Treating Chronic Inflammation
and Yin Deficiency

with Natural Anti-Inflammatories

November 2nd from 9:30 - 4pm

at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Chronic systemic inflammation is now known to be an underlying factor in numerous chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.  Although science is just now recognizing this inflammatory link to chronic disease, it was recognized by traditional Chinese herbal practitioners many centuries ago—as “Yin Deficiency.” Christopher will discuss the causes of chronic inflammation, the signs and symptoms to look for, including tongue diagnosis, and safe and effective ways to prevent, reverse, and treat inflammatory disease. Prevention options include the frequent use of foods and food and spice extracts with natural anti-inflammatory properties, such as pineapple extract, turmeric, frankincense, and herb strategies, both classic and new.  Seminar is now full.



Lindera Benzoin (Spicebush)--
2012 Notable Native Herb 
(see Forage section of newsletter for a picture of beautiful spicebush!)

November 13 at 7pm
at the 
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

For more details visit The Herb Society's webpage.



Blending to bring healing energy
into our creative & social spaces.

The cold weather has arrived, and there is nothing I like better than snuggling in front of the fire with a cup of hot coco.  Here's a delicious recipe for hot chocolate which uses an Appalachian favorite, sassafras root, for a twist.



2 1/2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
2 quarts Pecan Milk (recipe)
1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
2 tbsp. Honey
1 1/2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
Sassy Blend (place ingredients in Muslin bag):
1 tbsp. Sassafras Root Bark
1 tbsp. Ginger Root
1 tbsp. Cinnamon Chips
1/2 tsp. Cardamom Powder
To Prepare:
* Place coco powder and hazelnut milk in crock pot with bag of sassy blend.
* When sassy enough, remove bag (around 30 minutes or so).
* And add honey, maple syrup and vanilla extract to taste.

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