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 to Herban Wellness in Kirkland. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get a choice of one herbal-crafting class (up to a $25 value).
- For $18, you get a choice of two herbal-crafting classes (up to a $50 value).
- For $25, you get a choice of three herbal-crafting classes (up to a $75 value).<p>
Homemade lotions and herbal remedies make 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. Students can enroll in any of the following five classes:
In Herbs in Topical Skincare: Lotions, Salves & Lip Balms (a $25 value), students can play with a batch of herbs and essential oils to create simple skin creams and salves that can be quickly and easily replicated. Students leave with a sample of the creations to use at home.
In Body Scrubs and Masks: Fun & Effective Home Remedies (a $20 value), Katya teaches students to harness the power of exfoliation for detoxification and scrubbingful merriment. Students blend salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, doctors’ scrubs, and grain-based scrubs designed to nourish the skin and tighten pores. Students should be prepared to get a little messy, as they will get to try out the concoctions during their class.
In Herbal Syrups, Honeys & Infusions (a $20 value), students can learn how to stock their shelves with a collection of homemade herbal syrups and blends, which can be used 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 (a $20 value), participants practice mixing essential oils and loose herbs to create relaxing, therapeutic, and fragrant foot and body soaks. After dipping their flippers, students can use their skin-soothing concoctions at home in personal aromatherapy sessions, to come to terms with traumatic childhood memories of limburger.
In Herb-Infused Oils & Nourishing Massage Blends (a $25 value), students can perfect their matchmaking techniques by pairing herbs and body oils, creating soothing solutions that can be used to moisturize, protect, and heal the skin. Katya explains different herbs’ assorted benefits, which include easing joint inflammation and making nostrils dance.
Classes will be scheduled every month for the duration of the Groupon’s validity (one year), so customers should be sure to check the class schedule for upcoming dates. Each class is subject to rescheduling 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.