Butte County Fire Relief Effort - North Valley Mutual Aid Herbalists
Chico, CA November 2018
Medicine for the people, by the people, is more important now than ever before.
In the aftermath of the most devastating wildfire in California history right in our backyard, we recognize the need for community resiliency. We see herbal medicine distribution and education as a long term project to rebuild the health of our community dealing with respiratory, anxiety, depression, and post-trauma issues. We also recognize that the crisis of poverty and houselessness has been pre-existing in our community and do not draw a line in the herbal aid being offered.
We recognize the need for education as a tool for dismantling systems of privilege by enabling self-empowerment. This crisis hit the most vulnerable members of our community the hardest, and we acknowledge the disparity of power in our outreach efforts.
We are by no means doing this alone. The Elderberry Apothecary has teamed up with local herbalists and organizations to increase the impact of our ongoing donation-based education and medicine distribution efforts. We are thrilled to be working with Sherri Scott, christy carter and Blackbird Cafe in Chico, and North Valley Mutual Aid.
The mission of NORTH VALLEY MUTUAL AID (NVMA) is to provide disaster relief based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. By working with, listening to, and supporting impacted communities, especially their most vulnerable members, to lead their own recovery, we build long-term, sustainable and resilient communities.
What is being done:
Collecting both financial and and herbal medicine supply donations
Focus on education in order to dismantle systems of oppression and empower individuals to utilize medicine in their own lives
Setting up a tables at the shelters and tent cities to distribute herbal remedies and educate people on how to use the medicine
Giving medicine directly to those who lost their homes in the fire
Holding an educational medicine making workshop where people got to take home herbal remedies they made for themselves (we plan to do more of these)
Who is “We”?
We are certainly not doing this alone! The Elderberry Apothecary is not organizing all of this effort, nor are we the only ones on the ground. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous financial, herbal, and volunteer contributions and from many herbalists in Butte County and the surrounding areas. Below is our best attempt to recognize everyone contributing to the Camp Fire herbal relief efforts.
Cedar Lapis Lazuli
what we need
We are continuing to make and distribute medicine. 100% of what we get goes on the street to people in need. We are looking for pre-made medicine, as well as supplies to make our own.
Medicine Making Basics
High quality organic alcohol (this is our preferred brand)
Organic apple cider vinegar
Oils for infusing and making salve (olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, sesame oil)
Beeswax for salve
1, 2 & 4 oz glass tincture bottles with dropper (example)
Syrup Bottles with cap (example)
Canisters for salve
Clean, reusable spice containers and small jars so we can sanitize and re-use
Pre-Made Tinctures or Bulk Herbs of
Oregon Grape Root
Wild Cherry Bark
Fire Cider Making Supplies for Viral Stomach Flu
Apple Cider Vinegar
For dry skin and healing wounds