Responding Holistically to CoVid-19

covid 19 response

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This document is an open source document for the general public compiled by Nicole Telkes, and clinical Students at the Wildflower School of Botanical medicine for the general public, Graphic from Roger Peet for Justseeds  Please cite us if you use this for your own blog.  Thanks!

 If you are a practicing herbalist and want specific remedies, please click here 

“This too shall pass”

According to NIH “In the absence of vaccine or treatment medications, nonpharmaceutical interventions  become the most important response strategy. These are community interventions that can reduce the impact of disease.”

#stayhome  a letter from concerned physicians. 

Do you want to know more about CoVid 19? Please follow the latest information through the World Health Organization here

 Not enough is known about the virus, it is new.  There is no known cure, but it does share similarities of other Corona Viruses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)and  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Please do not get your health advice from social media. Please go to a trusted health practitioner first. The information on our blog is for educational purposes only. Read more about the virus here 

Are you sick? Here is a sample protocol if you’ve been told to stay home from a holistic, herbal perspective

See more on Mutual Aid Networks here Please call and check in on your neighbors.  Who is around you in your community that may need you reach out to and check on?  Elderly? People with children? How can you offer support to people?Let’s be creative and creative donation hubs in every neighborhood.

Community Support and Mutual Aid

How can I change my money habits for the next year? Rework your budget.  The next month? Need access to food?

Here are some links we compiled that are updated as new information becomes available for general resources


A significant amount of humans may contract this, but predictions are too early to call.  Not enough is known about the virus, but it does share similarities of other Corona Viruses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)and  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Read more here Experts hope we can slow down the viral spread.  It is not business as usual. Best case scenario, the longer we can shelter in place, the better the outcome.  This document will be updated as the situation changes

Singing the chorus of REM’s Its the end of the world as we know it, Its the end of the world as we know it, its the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine, I feel fineeeee slowly works, or find a song that works for you. 

  • Breathwork to calm down before entering the supermarket or a public place-see links.
  • Brisk walk and gentle stretches-20 minutes of exercise a day with brisk walks
  • Disinfect your credit cards and phone and and other non porous surfaces a lot
  • Sleep more, take naps, grow a garden!
  • Read a book, play board games
  • Dry Sauna or Alternating Hot Cold Showers
  • Keep Windows open and get in the sunshine.  
  • Take off your clothes, shoes, outside and wash them after outings, wash your hair after going into public places,  Don’t let folks pet your dog. Maintain 6ft distance from other people not in your quarantine group.

General Tips for Optimum Immunity: Stress, sleep and exercise.  Please read more on our blog here 


Please keep in mind that for optimum immunity, following an anti-inflammatory diet full of good proteins, fats and whole foods is basic.  Grow your own food!!! This year is the year to learn. If you would like herbs to help with respiratory care, grow garlic, onions, and mints. For more on eating for immunity talk to your local nutritionist. Diets that help build immunity include

  • Healthy Protein Sources 
  • Dark Leafy Greens 
  • Mushrooms (high in D)
  • Salmon(high in D)
  • Red Peppers (high in C)
  • Citrus (high in C)
  • Here is a Bone Broth Recipe from the Wildflower School Clinical Students

Additional Supplementation for Maximum Immunity

  • Vit D3 7000 IU daily
  • Vit C to Bowel Tolerance
  • Fish Oil 2000 Daily
  • ZInc 50mg daily
  • Vit A 25,000IU daily
  • Bcomplex 50mg daily


As a herb school, we could give you many herbs and recipes for wellness and first aid but there are already many herbalists and herb shops that have this made and are selling things and definitely need your support.  Please buy from small business here is a link of people state by state that have offerings  Medicinal and Edible Plant and Seed Locator.  You can see your local herbalist who can create a blend that works best for you and your individual needs.  Many can see you online! 

Find Herbal Remedies?  Please click here for a list of places in your area.  Our physical location is central Texas, so we started there.  Please, instead of trying to DIY, make sure and support your local practitioners and herb shops.  Our goal is to support you. If you do not have a good idea of how herbs work or why, please consult with us online or on the phone.


Hand Sanitizer Recipe from the Herb Bus  according to WHO guidelines

Herbal Steams from our blog

Fire cider Recipe from free fire cider website

Onion Poultice for lung congestion and coughs


Single Plants

Tea- Chamomile to help relax and sleep

Tea-Peppermint to help invigorate the lungs

Tea-Mullein as a respiratory tonic, antiinflammatory and expectorant

If you get sick: Try to get tested to make sure you know whether you are sick with Co-vid 19.  In the absence of a test, please contact a local herbalist above, to get you some home remedies.  We of course want you to seek medical attention if you are positive for the virus. In the event you cannot, these offerings  are to help you until you can obtain that help. Not feeling like you know where to start? Here is a sample protocol for sick folks

Are you a herbalist?  Please see our links here for specific herbs and herbal actions that will be helpful to potentially prevent or address symptoms of an acute respiratory infection and or fever.

Stay well everyone and be kind to one another. ~Nicole

Thank you to Audrey, Fay, Tammy and Tayler for helping with this document