In this hands on workshop we will review some of the latest information on conventional commercial sunscreen: what’s in it, what works, what doesn’t, how much does it protect you and what are the risks of using commercial sunscreen? Then we will turn our attention to some of the alternatives from nature including butters and oils with spf, traditional and safe barriers like zinc and titanium oxide (not the micro–ionized stuff!) and botanicals like Yarrow, Green Tea and others.
As a group we will make natural sunscreen and participants will take home a generous jar for personal use. This sunscreen is not a greasy salve; it‘s a rich, creamy, fragrant water–oil emulsion that you won’t mind slathering on your skin. You’ll learn the recipe and the technique so you can continue making your own sunscreen in the future.
Erin Piorier is a Traditional Western Herbalist who has been offering consultations, herbal education, and plant–based medicine to the Twin Cities community for over eight years. Erin is available for private consultation and provides her clients with handmade wildcrafted herbal products gathered from the fields and forest of the upper Midwest or grown in her organic garden. She is committed to safe, collaborative, respectful natural health care that treats the whole person.
Erin teaches extensively. She enjoys introducing beginners to the world of plant id and medicine making and enjoys digging into the big questions of herbal medicine and helping advanced students take their herbal work to the next level. Erin is the co–organizer of the community event the Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival, which takes place annually in Cannon Falls, MN.
Erin is also a traditional midwife who offers homebirth services. She integrates her herbal practice into the care she provides childbearing women. She also offers classes and consultations focusing on health for women, babies, children and the whole family.
Erin is a mother of two children and lives with her family in St. Paul.