Sun, Mar 01 | Cactus Mart

The Wonderful World of Creosote Bush

Delve into the Wonderful World of Creosote Bush and explore the plant in depth from ecology, botanical description to traditional and modern day herbal uses of this aromatic desert evergreen shrub.
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The Wonderful World of Creosote Bush

Time & Location

Mar 01, 2020, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
Cactus Mart, 49889 Twentynine Palms Highway, Morongo Valley, CA 92256, USA

About the Event

Larrea is a genus of plants commonly known as Creosote Bush, an endemic shrub of the American Southwest deserts (L. tridentata) and is also found occurring in arid regions of South America  where it is commonly known as Jarilla  (L. divaricata ). This TWO PART workshop is taking place at Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley, CA read below for course description.

 Part I  TIME 11:00 am - 12:15 pm   Is an in-depth exploration of the North American species L. tridentata, Creosote Bush dating back to the Pleistocene ice age (11,700 years ago). We will explore the unique wonders of this resilient desert evergreen shrub from botanical description, phytochemical compounds, ecology and microscopic examination at the Creosote Gall Midge, you know those green leafy round growths found occuring on the plant. We will take a closer look at the galls and learn more about what these galls are. 

PART II: TIME 12:30PM - 4PM with a half hour lunch break 

Is an exploration of the traditional uses of this ancient plant medicine along with modern uses in herbal medicine and skincare. I will be sharing my own discoveries working with Creosote Bush and sharing some of my own herbal preparations. Our second portion of the class is part of the  Foundational Herbalism Series  a mini herbal apprenticeship that I will open the first class to those not registered for the series. In this portion we will delve into Aromatic herbs, how they work and why we would use aromatics. Participants will explore and learn a new way of approaching herbal teas, we will sip on a tea made with Larrea  and learn how to utilize other senses that will define sensation, temperature (cooling/warming) and texture. From here we will learn how to use our powerful sense of taste to help match what type of herbs to use for imbalances in the body. We will review Materia Medica and learn the  solubility of Larrea , closing the day with Hands-On Herb Lab where students will learn and how to make herbal infused oils and make their own 8 ounce jar of Creosote Bush Oil.

If attending both classes please bring food and water to be comfortable. We will have a half hour lunch break. 


  • 1 - 8 ounce jar with matching lid. It is important to have the right size jar, if you do not have an 8 ounce jar I will have some on site for $2
  • 10 ounces of Olive Oil (organic if possible)
  • 1 - Medium to large mixing bowl
  • 1- Wooden spoon or chopstick
  • 1 - Cloth towel or rag
  • Cup
  • Food and water to be comfortable.


Session I  - $25

Session II - $50

Tickets are non-refundable and can not be exchanged for future classes or events. 

  • Part I Creosote Bush Lecture
  • Part II : Materia Medica Lab

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