Traditional Healing, Regional Folkways & Plant Medicines
"Tribes are just waiting to turn into movements" - Seth Godin
Through shared stories, community workshops, and seasonal plant remedies - Nomadica seeks to contribute to the revival of regional folk ways and healing traditions.
Our aim is to support vital health by sharing knowledge of plant medicines, healing ritual, and nourishing food traditions - all the while, fostering a lifestyle colored by the folk heritage of the southwest & beyond.
Nomadica Apothecary was born as a kitchen counter formulary - a way of recreating the healing traditions of its founder's mixed-heritage in the form of herbal remedies made by hand.
The name, NOMADICA, was initially chosen to reflect the apothecary's first real home - a 1970's Nomad camper trailer, as well as the restless nature of its creator, Carla Vargas-Frank
In time however, as Carla delved ever deeper into the history of healing lineages around the world, the name began to take on an even truer meaning. As the similarities between traditional uses of plants, healing therapies, and characterization of disease became undeniably clear;
"Nomadica" came to represent the thread that binds each culture's healing traditions to the next, by way of global cross-pollination; exploration, conquest, and yes, even love.
Carla has been engaged in herbal medicine since 2008.
Her perspective as a Jewish Chicana & her experiences growing up in the grey area between cultural identities has profoundly shaped the lens through which she approaches all of her work.
Carla graduated from the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in 2010 and spent the following five years managing the apothecary and teaching for the Wildflower School in Austin, Texas. Currently she is away expanding her studies with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine.
Who are our people?
Curious beginners & thirsty veterans in the botanical arts
Stewards of the land and the teachings of its people
Protectors of folk wisdom
Weavers of plant science & healing rituals
Activists & Caretakers of our people and our planet
Misfits, Artists, Herbalists & Medicine-Makers
Nomadica's creator Carla Vargas-Frank's practice is informed by the folk healing traditions of her mixed heritage.
[Photograph courtesy of Brandi Jo Perkins]