Herbal medicine brings healing and natural connection to migrants and community members sustaining trauma at the border.

Your support allows me to dedicate 1 day/week to serve as Chapter Coordinator for Herbalists Without Borders. This will allow me to:

  • Organize free Herbal Medicine clinics at migrant shelters and in the community for people sustaining trauma at the border

  • Organize community workshops on Herbal Medicine for teens and adults with limited access to healthcare

  • Liaise with Herbalists Without Borders to procure donations for healing in El Paso

  • Liaise with shelter workers and community organizers in El Paso and Juárez to disseminate herbal medicine

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Herbalists Without Borders

As the El Paso chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, we are running free herbal medicine clinics and workshops in migrant shelters and in the community, cultivating herbal medicine in community gardens, and receiving tax-exempt and bulk donations. We are connected to a wide network of resources and healing knowledge which we are bringing to where it is most needed in El Paso.

This fall, the Remain in Mexico policy has forced refugees to await asylum hearings in dangerous conditions in Juárez, Mexico, where tens of thousands refugees are now living. The August 3, 2019 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, made blatant the constant fight against white supremacy in this community and the continuing need for healing and placefulness. We believe that bringing people into relationship with the natural abundance of herbal healing is a means of actively building sustainable communities and environments.

We were interviewed by Telemundo about this project! Find us under ‘Curan con hierbas a migrants Telemundo

The Story

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I met Valerie Rivas at Cafe Mayapan, the indigenous food café where she is part of La Mujer Obrera (The Woman Worker) organization in El Paso. She brought herbal tea called ‘Nurture the Matriarchy,’ nopal (cactus) and calabazitas (summer squash). Later that week at the migrant shelter, an abuela came to the clinic saying she couldn’t sleep from heartache, her granddaughter had been separated from her in immigration. I searched around the pills lining the counter and finally handed her a tea Valerie had made called Sana Sana Corazon. She clutched the steaming cup and took deep, deep breaths.

The El Paso shelters receive hundreds of people released each day from ICE detention who have arrived seeking asylum. These shelters serve within the context of a vast system of displacement beginning with separation of people from ancestral land. In providing conventional drugs which are foreign to most guests, we are entrenched in a system in which we are alienated from land-based sources of healing. In offering herbal medicine, we offer groundedness and connection to native healing plants. We take a step from displacement to placefulness, from relationship-breaking to relationship building.

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GoFundMe Spring 2019: Herbal Medicine for El Paso Migrant Shelters

Through an initial fundraiser in Spring 2019, we served herbal medicine to over 700 migrants in El Paso shelters.
We raised $570 through 23 donors from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and Texas! A generous $1,000 donation from the Red Hen Baking, Montpelier, VT will allow us to continue serving this fall. We were sent an abundance of herbal donations from Wooden Spoon Herbs, Cloudland, GA, Heilbron Herbs, Asheville, NC and others!

Coming up in Fall 2019:

  • The generous $1,000 donation from the Red Hen Cafe, Montpelier, VT, will go towards providing over 375 more servings of herbal medicine, focusing our work with shelters in Juárez, Mexico, serving the growing refugee population returned to Mexico.

  • In October 2019, we will be holding a Community Healing Free Clinic at Cafe Mayapan for community members healing from the August massacre in El Paso, with over $300 of donated tinctures and herbs from Heilbron Herbs in North Carolina.

  • We will are sending donated medicinal tea and tinctures to the trans shelter in Juárez, Mexico.

  • We are working with local community farms Tierra es Vida (Barrio Chamizal) and Planty for the People (Central El Paso) to grow and teach about medicinal herbs locally.


About Inanna’s Delight
Herbal Medicine production of Valerie Rivas and collaborator in this community herbalism initiative

Inanna’s Delight serves as a bridge of healing for the El Paso/ Juárez region, allowing resources of healing to replenish those who need it most. We understand herbal healing as an ancient and radical tool for re-connecting to land and community. We are based in Barrio Chamizal, El Paso, TX, a neighborhood crossed by a militarized border, polluted with diesel emissions and toxic waste, and encroached by industrial production, as well as the home of a connected and united community of organizers who creatively enact reconnection to land, community, and health in the face of systemic social and environmental injustice. We provide herbal medicine to migrants and community organizers sustaining trauma on both sides of the border. 

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