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What’s in your bath?


Borax is used worldwide as a natural daily remedy for numerous health conditions.
Borax is a natural substance mined from the earth, similar to salt. It contains
boron, a trace mineral, which may be lacking in modern diets. Research has
shown that restoring healthy boron levels can improve health conditions like
Additionally, borax is quite alkaline. Many health problems arise because the
body is too acidic. Borax helps ease symptoms from:

~  Arthritis  
~  Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb
~  Osteoporosis
~  Osteoarthritis
~  Bone Spurs
~  Calcium Deposits
~  Lupus
~  Autoimmune Diseases
~  Hormone Imbalances
~  Fungus
~  Candida
~  Ringworm
~  Tinea Versicolor
~  Insomnia
~  Rough Skin
~  Impotence

Baking Soda

Taking a warm bath with simple baking soda can help you to relax and unwind. Baths also help to:

~  relieve tension and pain
~  promote perspiration
~  boost circulation
~  encourage healing
~  Yeast infections
~  Skin conditions such as itching, burning, and swelling

Baking soda may also have a positive effect on vaginal pH.
A 2014 study* found that baking soda killed Candida cells that lead to yeast
infections. Baking soda has also been found to have general antifungal affects.

*Lastauskienė, E., Zinkevičienė, A., Girkontaitė, I. et al. Formic Acid and Acetic Acid Induce a Programmed Cell Death in Pathogenic Candida Species. Curr Microbiol 69, 303–310 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00284-014-0585-9

Bentonite Clay.

~  Pulls out harmful toxins from the body
~  Boost your immunity
~  Boosts probiotics
~  Relieve digestive issues
~  Balance is the bodies pH levels
~  Boost energy
~  Helps relieve the body of food poisoning
~  Fights inflammation


Epsom salt.

~  Muscle aches
~  Inflamed skin, or irritation
~  Dry, or itchy skin
~  Arthritis

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is antibacterial and a fantastic moisturizer. It also helps other ingredients in the bath to penetrate deeper into your body.

How does this help?


Medicated baths are often one of the first lines of treatment for psoriasis.
Research from 2005* supports the use of baking soda baths to treat psoriasis.
Baking soda baths were shown to have a beneficial effect on psoriasis including
promoting less itchiness and irritation. You can also add very finely ground oatmeal to your bathwater.

*R. VerdoliniL. BugattiG. FilosaB. MannelloF. Lawlor & R. R. Cerio (2005) Old fashioned sodium bicarbonate baths for the treatment of psoriasis in the era of futuristic biologics: An old ally to be rescued, Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 16:1, 26-29, DOI: 10.1080/09546630410024862


A baking soda bath can help to soothe and heal eczema. Add 1/4 cup of baking
soda to your bath to relieve itching. It’s important that you moisturize your skin
immediately after your bath while your skin is still damp.
You should also avoid scrubbing your skin with a towel to dry it. That can irritate
the skin. Instead, use your towel to gently pat your skin dry.

Poison ivy and poison oak

Bathing helps to limit further contamination of yourself and others if you have
a poison ivy or poison oak rash. You should also bathe as soon as possible after
exposure. This helps to prevent the oils from soaking into your skin and causing
a rash.
A baking soda bath can help to reduce itching and irritation.

~  Dissolve 1/2 a cup of baking soda in a tub of warm water.
~  Soak for up to 30 minutes.

Diaper rash

If your baby has raw skin from a diaper rash, you can soak the affected area in a baking soda bath three times per day. Do this for only 10 minutes at a time. The baking soda may help soothe the raw skin and promote faster healing. Make sure you pat the area dry completely before putting on a new, clean diaper.

IMPORTANT! Use only 2 tablespoons of baking soda for babies and young children. Don’t use too much, as baking soda can be absorbed into the body through the skin in a process called alkalosis.


Baking soda baths can be used three times per day to relieve itching caused by chickenpox. Finely ground oatmeal can be added to help sooth redness.

~  Use 1 cup of baking soda for every inch deep of lukewarm water.
~  Allow you or your child to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Vulvar vestibulitis

(A fancy way of saying your lady parts are sore and\or swollen)

Soaking in a baking soda bath may help to soothe vulvar itching and burning.

~  Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda to a lukewarm bath.
~  Soak up to three times a day for 15 minutes.


Taking a baking soda bath may help to relieve rectal pain caused by constipation.
It can also help you to relax your anal sphincter and have a bowel movement.

~  Add 2 ounces of baking soda to your bath.
~ Soak for 20 minutes.


Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Soaking in a baking soda bath may help to neutralize the acid in your urine, remove germs, and aid in healing. It may also relieve painful urination.

~  Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the bath.
~  Soak for up to 30 minutes, or 10 to 15 minutes in young children.
~  Do this twice per day.

Detoxifying Baths

Take time to rejuvenate your mind and body with a relaxing bath.

Detox/relaxing bath.

1 cup borax

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup bentonite clay

2 cups Epsom salt

½ cup coconut oil

Your choice of essential oils lavender, frankincense, clary sage

In a bath with the hottest water, you can tolerate combine these ingredients. This is a very relaxing and
detoxing bath.

Baking soda has cleansing and detoxifying properties that may help to purify your
body and boost immunity. It can be combined with Epsom salt, sea salt, and
ground ginger to make a detox bath. You can also add essential oils and other
natural ingredients of your choice.


Got a Cold?

Brew de Bruja 

An herbal aromatherapy simmer for cough and cold. A tablespoon or two simmered on the stove or a small slow cooker helps clear your lungs and help you breath easier. You can use dried or fresh herbs*. 

1 cup** Oregano leaves

1 cup Rosemary

1 cup peppermint (tea is the easiest to find)

1 cup Sage Leaf

1 cup Sweet Basil leaf

1/2 cup Thyme

Favorite Essential oils to taste (Eucalyptus and  Lavender are good. Wal-Mart carries a good mix called GuruNanda Breathe Easy. Vicks or your favorite menthol balms work in a pinch, however they can be messy)

Mix all dry ingredients and store in a container with a good sealing lid. 

A teaspoon of each Essential oil can be mixed in with the herbs for a softer smell. Adding to the pot directly yields a stronger smell. Balms do not mix well and have to be added to the simmer pot.   

Add a heaping tablespoon per cup of water up to 4 cups. Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil or a spoonful of balm. Simmer on low. Add water and more herbs to pot as needed. 

*If using fresh herbs make all measurements heaping.

**This recipe can be made larger or smaller by subbing the measuring devices and keeping the ratios about the same.

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A: I am a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, having completed the training program at Community & Home Horticulture, University of Arizona. This comprehensive program has equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in sustainable gardening and agriculture practices.

A: My diverse background has instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility, discipline, and organization. As a Family Care Giver, I developed patience and empathy. My tenure as a Physical Education Teacher honed my communication and teaching skills, and my service in the Navy emphasized the importance of precision, safety, and dedication – qualities that I bring to my work in sustainable agriculture.

A: I am committed to continuous learning. I stay abreast of the latest trends and research in sustainable agriculture through ongoing education, workshops, and networking within the gardening and eco-conscious communities. This ensures that my advice and practices align with the most current and effective approaches.

A: My background in the military, coupled with extensive training in Master Gardener programs, places a strong emphasis on safety practices. I integrate this discipline into my approach to ensure a safe environment for both individuals and the plants. Additionally, my knowledge of seasonal plant care is informed by years of hands-on experience and a commitment to adapting practices to the specific needs of each season.

A: My experience in food and land design allows me to approach projects with a holistic perspective. I consider not only the aesthetics of the landscape but also the functionality and sustainability of the design. This ensures that the spaces I work on are not only visually appealing but also contribute positively to the environment and the well-being of those who interact with them.

A: Serving in the Navy for 10 years, particularly as Military Police, instilled in me a strong sense of discipline, attention to detail, and the importance of adhering to safety protocols. These principles are deeply embedded in my approach to sustainable agriculture, contributing to the reliability and effectiveness of the services I provide.

IMPORTANT: We may know our leaves, but are NOT licensed medical professionals.                                        Please consult a doctor before starting any new treatments for your conditions.