Community health & collective care information

These responses are useful for home and general public, collective care. They are holistic, and they acknowledge social context. They start by focusing on enhancing our wellbeing, and connecting our health with the wider balance of human and environmental systems.

It is more important than ever to have a collective response to this pandemic. Our health is intrinsically linked with that of our communities. We develop mutual aid and solidarity when we deepen our understanding of the existing inequalities in society.

The list is not exhaustive and we welcome more to upload.

This page will be updated regularly and was last updated on 20th April 2020.

Mutual aid networks where you are:

Herbal Unity, Glasgow, (UK)
Accessible suggestions gathered from many different herbalists online, focusing on things that can be done with common kitchen ingredients or for very little money, by Herbal Unity in Glasgow.

Rasheeqa Ahmad, London, (UK)
General plant medicine support info from Hedge Herbs in London in response to the situation – now and for future health.

Annwen and Becs at Rhizome Community Herbal Clinic, Bristol, (UK)
Herbal Clinic in Bristol which has a sliding scale fee. It has guaranteed that anyone with Covid symptoms will be supported whether they can pay or not. They are trying to gift healthcare packages to frontline workers on minimum wage. A gift fund has been set up so people can donate money to help support this happen: Rhizome Community fund donations. They have produced a series of videos ‘Building Resilience’ in response to the pandemic with self-care herbal info.

Kandake Marion Makonnen, London, (UK)
Webinar with north London community herbalist Marion with other healthcare practitioners supporting African & Caribbean communities.

Community Care by Lorna Mauney-Brodek / the Herbalista Free Clinic, (Atlanta, US/Ireland)
Covid-19 Community Care Centre from the amazing Herbalista Free Clinic in Atlanta USA/Ireland – rich info & support.

COVID-19 Resources by Herbalists Without Borders, (UK)
Long list of herbalists perspectives on treating viruses and fevers. Particularly good list of mutual aid resources near the end, and resources around supporting emotional health.

Resources for Herbalists and Community Health Workers by Larken Bunce, (US)
Larken Bunce is a renowned community herbalist and teacher in Vermont. Great list of resources including supporting emotional health, recipes and herbal perspectives and self care thoughts.

Decolonizing Community Care in Response to Covid 19: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic responsibly, indigenously, (US)
“Now more than ever it is imperative for us to decolonize from individualism and reconnect with ways of community care.” Written by Jade Begay, Creative Director, is Diné and Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico in response to the individualistic response that she has observed from hoarding resources and lack of conversation around protecting the vulnerable and elders.

Covid 19: Using a racial justice lens to transform our future by Lori Villarosa (US)
This article warns about responding to pandemic too quickly. It is vital that philanthropic responses don’t inadvertently perpetuate and exacerbate existing bias, racial inequity and injustice through their giving. Lori clearly explains racial justice and how important it is to consider this when formulating responses. Particularly understanding that small, person-of-color-led grassroots organizations that are deeply embedded in communities are the most under resourced and have less access to funds. Something to consider if you are donating money to projects.

US collective of activists, healers and allies (US)
Covd-19 Prison Holistic Self Care & Protection Guide

Ayurvedic physician Dr. Gh. Marda (Pune, India)
Simple whole body vitality and protection strategies from Ayurvedic paradigm and interpretation of the illness.

Zero Suicide Implementation During COVID-19 (US)

A series of accessible videos about what people can do at home by Nettles (UK)
These 3 videos cover what herbalism and holism is, herbs in the kitchen cupboards, and herbs on a walk.

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