Carla Vargas-Frank, Herbalist
It has been nearly a decade since I became immersed in the practice of herbal medicine.
I have been privileged to train under Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Energetic Medicine in Fort Jones, California, as well as Nicole Telkes at the Wildflower School of Herbal Medicine in Austin, Texas (where I also worked 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.