Photograph courtesy of Maxwell Gay.

Photograph courtesy of Maxwell Gay.


Yerba Nomadica believes in the right to non-judgemental, inclusive, affordable health care for all.


  Photograph courtesy of Maxwell Gay.

Photograph courtesy of Maxwell Gay.


The moniker 'Yerba Nomadica' represents the traveling seed, whether by bird, boot, or boat. It acknowledges and honors the cross-continental spread and naturalization, not only of plants, but of traditions of healing through the history of animal and human migration.


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Carla Vargas-Frank, Herbalist

It has been a decade since I became immersed in the practice of herbal medicine. 

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I've had the privilege to study with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, California,  as well as Nicole Telkes at the Wildflower School of Herbal Medicine in Austin, Texas (where I stayed on as an instructor and apothecary manager for close to five years).

In 2010, I began producing and retailing a line of bioregional herbal remedies under the name, Nomadica Apothecary, which I eventually chose to de-emphasize as my priorities shifted to community activism and the clinical practice of herbal medicine.

In 2012, along with Olivia Pepper of Lunaria Tarot & Tamara Bacerra-Valdez of Folklorica, I co-founded 'La Botánica Folk Healing Collective' in Austin, Texas in hopes of making folk healing modalities accessible to our local community.

My perspective as a Jewish Chicana and experience growing up in the grey area between cultural identities has profoundly shaped the lens through which I approach all of my work as an artist and herbalist.

I view my work with the herbs as an extension of my activism towards environmental, social, and health justice.

Yerba Nomadica's family of medicine incorporates deep nutrition, botanical allies, & folk traditions in order to achieve healing and balance, with a focus on the medicinal plants, traditional food-ways, and folklore of Sonoran Desert. I give the utmost thanks and respect to my teachers Karyn Sanders, Sarah Holmes, Nicole Telkes, and Maria Elena Martinez (among many others from which I have gleaned insights into the herbs) for the opportunity to serve my community in this very special way.

Currently, I am in private practice in so-called Tucson, Arizona on occupied Tohono O'odham land. I offer classes and workshops locally, and sometimes on the road, on learning to utilize and relate to plant medicines.