Known to members of community by its Pima name, shegoi, creosote has traditionally been used in herbal teas, healing balms and even to cure ailments in animals, said Belen Stoneman, Spiritual Healer at Gila River's Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.
After "months and months of weekly meetings" the result is a product line called Indigenous. The soaps, shampoo, lotions and candles went on shelves at the gifts shops in Ajis and the Sheraton last October. The fragrance of Indigenous now infuses Aji Spa's lobby, dressing area and treatment rooms. It smells earthy, with a touch of lavender. The creosote gives it a hint of the fragrance of the desert after a monsoon storm.