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Sedona Bath Soak

“When I was a child, our family would drive to Sedona during Phoenix summers to escape the heat and spend the day at Oak Creek Canyon,” professional Curandera Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz writes. “I loved playing in the creek with my siblings, going fishing with my dad, and having lunch by the water. Now that I am an adult, I can see why Sedona is considered the New Age capital of the world. It is a spiritually captivating place that Native peoples inhabited and cherished long before it was said to be connected to the Earth’s chakra system. This bath soak recipe is designed to help relieve sore muscles and is delicately scented with juniper berry essential oil to mimic the twisted juniper trees found throughout the area. The carnelian gemstone added at the end infuses your bath soak, helping circulate vital energy to your center, just like Sedona itself.”

This recipe and others like it can be found in “This Arizona Curandera Changed the Way We Think About Our Wellness Routine,” from the 2022 Wellness Issue.

Sedona Bath Soak

Excerpted from Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Roost Books, 2021). Photographs by Nicky Hedayatzadeh.
 ¼ cup red clay
 1 cup Epsom salt
 1 cup baking soda
 ¼ cup sweet almond oil
 10 drops juniper berry essential oil
 1 small carnelian gemstone

Put all the ingredients except for the carnelian gemstone in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon.


Add the carnelian gemstone to the mixture to infuse into the salt.


Store the mixture in a glass jar with a lid and label.


To use your bath soak, draw a warm bath, placing a handful of the mixture into the water to dissolve, leaving the gemstone in the jar. Soak for 20 minutes. Keep in mind that pigmented clays can stain white towels, robes, and rugs, so plan accordingly.


Gently pat your skin dry.