The Aurora Lights Herbal Medic Chapter was created through Herbal Medics, a non-profit organization based in San Antonio. Herbal Medics provides self-sustainable, botanical and integrative health care answers to under-served populations around the world. Through our chapter we will be offering education and trainings in herbal medicine as well as hosting herbal clinics in under-served communities.
In April 2016, we tested the waters for our chapter with a 3-day Wilderness Herbal First Aid training at Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground near Morgantown, West Virginia. Sam Coffman, founder of Herbal Medics, taught the course, which includes a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) as well as more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training. Herbal First Aid information was integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care that emphasizes the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments. This event was very successful, we had a total of 38 registrants for the class. We had participants from Michigan, North Carolina, and other surrounding states.
In June 2016, we hosted a small class called The Weeds Can Heal. We hosted a two-hour class on four consecutive Mondays to introduce our small group to herbal medicines. We taught students how to harvest and dry herbs while working in the medicine garden. We also prepared poultices, tinctures, and salves. The participants of this group have become the foundation of our Herbal Medic Chapter. We have been brainstorming ideas for fundraisers.
In September 2016, we hosted a week-long trip in Coal River Valley to offer free herbal clinics. Folks from the main Herbal Medics organization in Texas arranged for students to work together in a clinic setting in Naoma and Whitesville. The communities were very receptive to herbal medicine and we plan to host more clinics as well as workshops on herbal medicine, gardening, and sustainable living. Read Hannah’s blog post to learn all about our trip. We will be continuing our work in Coal River Valley.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Aurora Lights Herbal Medic Chapter, please email Hannah. Hannah@auroralights.org