The Botanical Bus mobile herb clinic will connect community members with integrative care from clinical herbalists, certified nutritionists and naturopathic doctors for a sliding scale donation. Our bus arrives at community gardens, Latinx health centers and social justice events with a full herbal apothecary to […]
We believe the COVID-19 gardening movement is rooted in a deep human instinct to nourish ourselves through connecting to earth. As we touch soil, tend plants and grow food we reclaim our power to nourish ourselves + our communities. This week we launched our Plants […]
Our first workshop in the community garden at Corazon Healdsburg felt like picnic lunch with old friends. We stared in the garden, harvesting Calendula flowers for next month’s medicine oil making workshop. Dozens of radical Calendula plants have broken free of their garden beds to […]
One year after the devastating fires, we gathered with the Latinx community at La Luz Center in Sonoma to nourish our lungs and heal from grief. We circled up in the kitchen, to share evacuation testimonies still alive with trauma and to prepare a batch of fresh Yerba Santa syrup.
Yerba Santa, a shrub native to California grasslands (especially those touched by wildfire, as its seeds germinate with heat), supports lung health by toning respiratory tissue. It’s sticky leaves are full of volatile oils that act as a powerful expectorant, helping to balance and soothe wet lung conditions. Yerba Santa is traditionally used as a sacred herb to free the breath and release deep sadness.
Lu Lu shared that she harvests fresh Yerba Santa and packs it in warm compresses for a wet cough. Others agreed that it makes an excellent addition to broths.
We mixed the Yerba Santa, with elderberry, rose hips, and thyme over low heat and the crowded kitchen filled with its warm, spicy scent. Stirring in local, raw honey, we passed around the finished syrup for all to try. Yerba Santa STRONG! An immunity syrup made in community that empowers our resilience and recovery!
Our growing group is making plans to visit eachothers gardens, share medicinal plant seeds, and prepare more community medicine.
In partnership with Sanación del Pueblo (Town Healing), a project of North Bay Organizing Project, we gathered in Roseland, Santa Rosa to learn about environmental toxins and how we can empower healthy communities. Roseland is a 65% Latinx neighborhood that ranks lowest in well-being of […]