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Cactus Mart

Creosote Bush Exploration, Desert Medicine & Skincare

Join us as I will discuss the ecological importance and contemporary uses of Larrea tridentata commonly known as Creosote Bush. We will be tasting, applying, and spraying a variety of preparations created with Larrea. PART II will be a hands-on making of a herbal preparation called glycerite.

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Creosote Bush Exploration, Desert Medicine & Skincare
Creosote Bush Exploration, Desert Medicine & Skincare


2019年11月03日 11:00 – 12:30

Cactus Mart, 49889 Twentynine Palms Highway, Morongo Valley, CA 92256, USA


Explore the ancient Creosote Bush Larrea tridentata, an endemic evergreen shrub of the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert. Part I will be an in depth exploration of Creosote Bush and it's history that dates back to over 11,700 years ago. I will be sharing traditional herbal uses made with the plant and share my own discoveries working with Creosote Bush. We will even be taking a peek of the Creosote Gall Midge under the microscope. In this workshop folks will learn and make a glycerite using two methods, the Folk Method and the Clinical Method which involves using using ratios and how Creosote Bush Glycerite can be used as an herbal remedy and for skincare. We will start with a journey with Creosote Bush and sipping on the tea, throughout the workshop we will be sampling, spraying and applying goodies I have made using Creosote Bush. 

PRE-REGISTRATION is required, this event is limited seating. Those particpating in PART I please bring a cup. Those participating in PART II please bring a cup or mug and review the needed items for particpation in the hands-on section. The list is at the bottom of the event. 

There are two tickets offered:

PART 1 Creosote Bush $13 

TIME: 11:00am - 12:30pm

PART I is a lecture where we discuss the ecological importance and contemporary uses of Larrea tridentata commonly known as Creosote Bush. We will be tasting, applying, and spraying a variety of preparations I have made with this desert evergreen endemic to the deserts of the Southwest.

If attending PART I only please bring a cup for the Plant Tea Exploration pen/paper for notes. More info below. 

Part I  & II Lecture and Glycerite Hands-On  $40 

TIME: 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Please refer to "Needed Materials". 

PART II is a lab class on an alcohol-free herbal concentrate called a glycerite. I will demo the clinical method of making glycerite and participants will be make their own 8 ounce jar of Creosote Bush glycerite.


 Discover other ways of making delicious herbal remedies using vegetable glycerine. Vegetable glycerine is derived from plants like palm, soybean (be sure to get non GMO soy) and coconut. Glycerine is a clear liquid, mildly sweet, thick like a syrup and odorless. Herbal Glycerites are just another form of herbal remedies using vegetable glycerin as a solvent and whilst it is not as strong as a solvent as alcohol, it can still extract particular plant constituents, we will review what plants are best to use when making glycerites. Glycerites are also suitable for everyone based upon what plant is used and can be consumed by those with sensitivities to alcohol or those who wish not to have alcohol. 

Vegetable glycerine is added ingriedent to skin and haircare products, we will explore the uses of vegetable glycerine and glycerites for skin and hair and how we can incorporate a clean greener way into our Self Care routines and what indications would best be suited for using Creosote Bush as an herbal remedy. 

Explore the ancient plant of the Southwest Deserts, Creosote Bush. A full two part class devoted to this endemic evergreen, we will be creating a non alcohol glycerite with Creosote Bush and explore uses. 

We will begin with a Plant Tea Exploration where we will sip together on a tea made with Creosote Bush, in this journey we will explore the physical energetics of the plant and its taste and discussion of herbal uses.


Our workshop will take place in the beautiful Sun Room at Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley in the Mojave Desert. Cactus Mart specializes in native and drought tolerant plants, Cactus Mart is the hub of education in the High Desert. 



  • 8-ounce jar, clean with matching lid
  • Clean scissors
  • Large bowl
  • Cloth towel or rag
  • Wooden spoon or chopstick
  • Pen, paper 
  • Cup or mug
  • Floor Seating (cushion, pillow or on the floor chair)
  • Tickets are non transferable and non refundable


  • Creosote Bush PART I - Lecture

    Please bring a digital ticket with you or a screen shot. This ticket will include the Plant Tea Exploration and discussion of this Creosote Bush TIME 11:00am - 12:15pm

  • PART II Creosote Bush Hands-on

    This ticket includes PART I and II. Please review the needed items listed in the event page that is needed to participate. Ticket sales are final, there are no refunds or credits for other events. TIME 12:45pm - 2:00pm





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