HWB Amsterdam

The HWB Amsterdam group is now up and running!

Are you a herbalist, complementary therapist, community garden, forager, balcony gardener, herb trader, home medicine maker, ethical hygiene/selfcare product supplier or anyone else and would you like to help people in need? We are a local-international group and we would love to hear from you!

Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) is an international network of herbalists, traditional healers, Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners, botanical medicine makers, botanical tradespeople, herb growers, farmers, ecologists, students, humanitarian aid workers, street medics, activists and others interested in the vital roles that plants play in primary health care, sustainable agriculture, trade and ecological preservation.

Chapters are regional branches consisting of a circle of volunteer members working under the umbrella of the Herbalists Without Borders non-profit organization. Chapters are dedicated to the organization and implementation of innovative projects that make a difference in overall health and wellness within their communities, states, provinces or countries.
(HWB Global)

HWB Global Mission Statement
Herbalists Without Borders vision is a global community where all people have access to affordable natural and botanical health and wellness. To bring that vision into reality, we work with community-based chapters to create educational, advocacy and grassroots model projects to fill the gaps in health justice internationally.

HWB Amsterdam – Get Involved
1. Email lynn: urban.herbology.lynn@gmail.com to express your interest. Please mention any ways you feel that you could help, ways you already help, etc. Some ideas:
Donate herbs (fresh cut, potted or dried), olive oil, beeswax, soya wax, sterile pots, self care / hygiene products. Product labels.
Make safe agreed-recipe salves and other external herbal products (tinctures to follow). Herbal foods (agreed-recipes, e.g. daslook pesto, herb vinegars and oils). Product labels.
Distribute labelled safe herbal items and self care to the groups we decide to support.

2. Join or donate funds to HWB Global if you would like to. You do not need to join HWB Global to support HWB Amsterdam but it helps of course.

3. Keep an eye on our events (on this page) and an ear out for possible sources of free materials, botanicals and opportunities for the group to make more of an impact.

4. Spread the word! The bigger the team, the bigger the impact!


Monday 13th September 2021
19:30 – 20:00
HWB Amsterdam meeting
Zoom link
– explaining how the project works and discuss how to help locally – short term and longer term
– what training do we need at this time?
– organise the first half day, small group cooking session at De Steolen Project, Marnixstraat.
– supporting/making/distributing safe simple skin salves for Amsterdam homeless.
– agreed recipes for the salves – materials needed

October/November 2021
Saturday 9th October
Cooking in another kitchen De Stoelen Project
Marnixstraat, Amsterdam
Half day-evening. Purchasing (about E100), prepping, cooking and helping serve a BIG nutritious meal to the 45 clients at this homeless centre. Also (if the project is happy with it) offering small pots of safe agreed-recipe selfcare skin salves and items such as new socks, toothbrushes and underpants. You can help with any stage with the preparations! A small group of 4 can cook. Interested in helping or supporting in any way? Please email Lynn
(Update 4/9/21: We have enough cooking volunteers for the crew this time, however we are much in need of the food/funds to buy the food, tiny salve tins and olive oil to make the salve).

Salves for sore skin
We have begun gathering materials to make tiny pots of skin-soothing herbal salves. These will be offered to De Stoelen Project (Keuken in een andere keuken), for inclusion in their self-care kits, which are given to those unhoused clients requesting them.
Can you help the project by donating or sourcing any of the materials needed?
We need: beeswax block or pellets, olive oil (with a long shelf date), soya wax pellets, tiny unused salve tins.

Further details from Lynn Shore (urban.herbology.lynn@gmail.com)
Details of HWB can be found here.