This class offers participants an opportunity to learn the art and science of creating their own herbal massage oils, salves, and lotions. The first part of the course will introduce the actions of herbs on the body with a focus on herbs for the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Participants will learn herb selection, indications, contraindications, and considerations for herbs commonly used for topical application, as well as for self-care. The second part of the class will include a hands-on lotion-making activity. Each participant will take home a salve and lotion.
About the Instructor
Becki Garza is a practicing herbalist in Tucson, AZ, and owner of La Yerberia Botanicals, offering custom herbal formulations to health care providers, massage therapists, and spas. Originally from the South Texas-Mexico border, she began her herbal studies when a college internship landed her on a wildlife refuge collecting and cataloging Sonoran Desert plants for an herbarium. Before devoting herself full-time to herbalism, Becki worked as a high school biology teacher and prior to that at an environmental education center. In 2004 her class received a grant from The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to interview Tohono O’odham elders and youth about their uses of Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata).
Registration can be made via our website or by calling 520-771-5697