While dealing with a pandemic, having access to proper medical care is vital and can mean the difference between life and death. For that reason, we at Bella's Apothecary believe that a compilation of practical resources can help those in disenfranchised communities to survive independent of immediate help from outside agencies.
This list is a work in progress so make sure to check back often. Together we can do a lot to help keep one another safe and healthy during a pandemic.
DISCLAIMER: We are not doctors. We do not diagnose medical issues or prescribe medications. The intention is to provide factual information about accessible ingredients that help manage symptoms of respiratory viruses in general. The COVID-19 strain is new and there is no known cure or treatment. The best we can do is manage the symptoms and boost our immune systems so that they my be strong enough to fight off the infection if you or a loved one are unfortunate enough to become infected with the virus. Everyone's body responds differently to various natural and prescription treatments so make sure to listen to your body, build support networks close by and keep yourself informed. People in Belize should be checking in with updates from the Ministry of Health by clicking here.
Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
How Does It Spread?
Vulnerable Populations we should take special care of
While we have been told that the elderly & people with weakened immune systems at the most at risk, that doesn't consider those who are unhoused or far from home and unable to self-isolate. It is worth mentioning that people of any age can contract COVID-19 and can be used to spread the virus.
Basic Sanitation & Prevention Methods
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SANITATION - ALCOHOL-BASED HAND RUB
While washing your hands with soap and water is the best thing, we aren't always able to do so. In these situations, you can use n alcohol based hand sanitizer. Included below is one recipe that we use at Bella's Apothecary, but if you can't make this one exactly then make on that is at least 60% alcohol.
SIMPLEST VERSION: 2 cups of 95% Everclear or Red Top Rum with 1 cup of distilled water. *recipe modified from Herbalista.org
SANITATION - SURFACE DISINFECTION
PERSONAL PREVENTION -
Community Prevention in Shared Spaces
Per the WHO, there are certain times when wearing a mask might be recommended--
Public Health Links
Mutual Aid - Community Care Mutual Aid Groups are forming in communities around the world to provide support to our vulnerable populations, i.e. help with running errands, food delivery, medicine pick-up, etc.
Street Medicine - Serving the Unhoused
Herb Care Resources
Printables to distribute and post
The following recommendations are based on traditional applications for managing respiratory viruses in general. We make no claim regarding COVID19, as this viral strain is new and so unknown to us. All folks are different, with different needs and different ways that their bodies respond to illness and herbs. Please listen to your body and trust your experience. Hopefully you will have other support as well, from family and friends, from the medical community, and from our government.
Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
Herbal Prevention + Wellness
Basic suggestions we often use during the cold + flu season to stay healthy.
HOME CARE FOR MILD ILLNESS
AFTER THE ILLNESS - RECUPERATION + RECOVERY
Americans are so go-go-go, that we have forgotten the importance of the recovery phase, post illness. Please be gentle with yourself.
WHEN YOU’RE FEELING SICK…
First - maybe it’s just the flu or allergies?
How to tell the difference:
When do we need to go to a hospital? When do we escalate care?
Emergency Warning Signs per the CDC
“If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs: (This list is not all inclusive Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning)
SAFE PRACTICES FOR HERBALISTS
For more information on best practices:
Community ClinicsThese are difficult decisions and thought we would just share the decisions we’ve made thus far. This pandemic is revealing how torn the social and welfare fabric of our country is. Many, actually all of us, will suffer greatly due to this lack of public health policy, lack of universal healthcare, lack of housing, lack of food security, lack of so many things… maybe these events will teach us as a nation and a globe that health and happiness are not independent of others. They are collective pursuits. True healthcare is based on a foundation of mutual respect and mutual aid!
To close or not to close...
Distribution of Remedies
This modified work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License - original document by Herbalista.org
Bella Eiko is a single mother of a 6 year old boy, freelance journalist, foodie & Civil Rights activist that is dedicated to building a better world by increasing communication & applying positive changes to her everyday life. This endeavor includes educating both herself as well as her son about sustainable living and healthy alternatives to everyday products using practical application.
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