Gila River Tribe launches line of spa products
The Gila River Indian Community of Arizona is selling its own line of spa products.

The line, Indigenous, is based on traditional plants. The main one is shegoi, or creosote, which has played a major role in Pima history.

"My mother would keep shegoi in an old pickle jar," Belen Stoneman, a spiritual healer at the Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort. "She would grind the leaves into a powder with a stone. She would take a tiny amount and make it into a tea. Or she would put it on our skin if we had a cut or sore. I find it amazing that one plant can do so many things."

The line includes soaps, shampoo, lotions and candles and is being sold at the spa and at gift shops on the reservation.

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Gila tribe uses native plants in new line of spa products (The Arizona Republic 6/17)