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Saguaro Land: A curandera on the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert

Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home.

The Show looked at the desert through a botanical lens — both for food and for medicine.

Many people see the Sonoran Desert as a harsh environment that can be dangerous — and it can be. But, it can also heal and nourish.

Felicia Ruiz is a curandera, or traditional healer, as well as an author and teacher. The Show spoke with her about the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.