Yerba Nomadica believes in the right to non-judgemental, inclusive, affordable health care for all.
Carla Vargas-Frank, Clinical Herbalist
It has been nearly a decade since I became immersed in the practice of herbal medicine.
I have been privileged to study energetic herbalism under Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, California, and western herbalism with Nicole Telkes at the Wildflower School of Herbal Medicine in Austin, Texas - where I later worked as an educator and apothecary manager for close to five years.
I am trained in both the Energetic and Vitalist traditions of herbalism.
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 helped to co-found '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.
My clinical practice is based strongly in harm reduction and trauma informed care that integrates complimentary healing modalities to provide a tailored path to fit each clients' specific needs and situation.
Yerba Nomadica's tribe 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 Tucson, Arizona and have ongoing community classes at Tucson Herb Store
I am available for phone consultations for long distance clients, as well as in-person locally.
'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.
The name NOMADICA was initially chosen to reflect the apothecary's first real home - a 1970's Nomad camper trailer, as well as its founder's restless nature. A made up word, Nomadica reflects the common practice of "transwording," when bi-lingual cultures take our own creative license with our spoken languages (like Spanglish). This choice represents the mixed heritage and cultural evolution present in my own upbringing and personal approach to herbalism.