Human hands have negotiated unsafe monkey bars, laid brick to mortar, merged the butters of peanuts with the sauces of grapes, and grown their own fingers. Add one more skill to your arm paddles with today's Groupon: for $10, you get to take one of five crafting classes focusing on salves, scrubs, syrups, or bath salts at Herban Wellness in Kirkland (up to a $25 value).
Concocting your own lotions and herbal remedies makes everyday indulgence more affordable, saving extra dimes for purchasing wedding cakes by the dozen. Katya Difani, the owner and educator of Herban Wellness, holds a degree in herbal science and has a passion for teaching others how to take nature's essential ingredients and transform them into rejuvenating substances. Enroll in one of the following five classes:
In Herbs in Topical Skincare: Lotions, Salves, and Lip Balms ($25), play with a batch of herbs and essential oils to create simple skin creams and salves that can be quickly and easily replicated. You'll leave with a sample of the creations to use at home.
In Body Scrubs and Masks: Fun & Effective Home Remedies ($20), learn to harness the power of exfoliation for detoxification and scrubbingful merriment. In this class, you'll blend salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, doctor's scrubs, and grain-based scrubs to create a spa experience in your own hospital or bathroom. Be prepared to get a little messy, as you'll get to try out the concoctions during your class.
In Herbal Syrups, Honeys, & Infusions ($20), learn how to stock your shelves with a collection of homemade herbal syrups and blends, which you can use to make tasty herbal sodas and cocktails such as a lemon balm and lavender soda or a kava colada.
In Bath Salts & Foot Soaks Using Essential Oils & Herbs ($20), learn to blend essential oils and loose herbs to create relaxing, therapeutic, and fragrant foot and body soaks. After getting your flippers wet, you'll get to bring your skin-soothing concoctions home, where they'll surely impress any overnight guests or squatting field mice.
In Herb-infused Oils & Nourishing Massage Blends ($25), perfect your matchmaking techniques by pairing herbs and body oils, creating soothing solutions that can be used to moisturize, protect, and heal the skin. Learn about different herbs' assorted benefits, which include easing joint inflammation and making nostrils dance.
Classes will be scheduled every month for the duration of your Groupon's validity (one year), so be sure to check the class schedule for upcoming dates. Each class is subject to cancellation if fewer than five people sign up.
As a teenager, Katya Difani wrestled with chronic health issues that left her physical and spiritual wellness out of whack. From her misfortune blossomed something beautiful: an appreciation for the healing effects of nature's bounty. After obtaining a degree in herbal science, Katya opened Herban Wellness, a shop stocked with holistic and natural remedies for common health complaints. From bulk herbs born at local farms, each vetted in person by Katya herself, to house-blended teas that soothe allergies, Herban Wellness’s selection holds its own against prescription meds.
The store also hosts practical classes that teach customers how to implement holistic cures in their own homes. During one session, Katya compiles the ingredients for all-natural lotions, salves, and lip balms that students can make in their own blenders after acing the instructional course.