• Crystal Mendoza

The Sonoran Experience: Healing From The Desert

Updated: Jun 21

The desert might seem like a dry, dead place, but don’t let the scorching summer temps fool you. The Sonoran Desert is thriving with plants that have been used in holistic medicine for centuries.

The Sonoran Desert is home to a plethora of plants and animals not found anywhere else in the world due to its mild winters and monsoon summers.

With more than 3,500 native plant species, the Sonoran Desert has the most abundant plant life north of the tropics. Some common types of plants in the Sonoran Desert include cholla, prickly pear cactus, mesquite, ironwood, and palo verde. In such desolate conditions, cacti fruits provide a reliable food source for local wildlife. In contrast, mesquite and palo verde trees provide essential shade for our feathered, furry, and scaly friends.

At Gaia Provides, we combined the healing benefits of cannabis and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert with the release of our CBD Bombs of The Desert collection. Each bath bomb captures a different essence of the Sonoran experience: Arizona Sunset, Monsoon, Desert Sage, Prickly Pear, and Honey Mesquite. This new collection features locally sourced ingredients and extracts like agave, creosote, sage, desert wildflowers, prickly pear fruit, desert honey, and mesquite.

In this article, we highlight the iconic features of the Sonoran Desert and explore the holistic benefits of the ingredients that inspired our new CBD Bombs of The Desert collection.

The Sonoran Desert's Unique Features

Diverse Animals

The Sonoran Desert is home to a variety of creatures. Some of the larger mammals found here include the javelina, coyote, Mexican wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and bobcat. The largest population of hummingbirds is found in the Sonoran Desert, along with 35% of all North American butterflies. More than 450 species of birds nest or migrate along the Sonoran rivers, and there are 96 reptiles not found anywhere else in the world. Many bird species are native to the area, including the greater roadrunner, Gila woodpecker, and the burrowing owl.

The Majestic Saguaro. Photo by: Gaia Provides

Saguaro Cactus

If you type the Sonoran Desert into Google, there is one commonality in all the photos: the iconic Saguaro Cactus. This cactus is emblematic of the Sonoran Desert and stands out amongst the desert landscape. This species of cactus is native to the Sonoran region — not found anywhere else in the world. Two essential elements of the local climate directly contribute to the Saguaro’s ability to survive and thrive in the region: climate and rainfall.

Mild Winters

Unsurprisingly, subtropical deserts get quite hot during summer days. Due to low humidity, the temperatures drop at night by more than 25 degrees. Summer nights are cool and winter months can be frigid, sometimes even icy. The Sonoran Desert is the only desert in North America that experiences mild winters. Frost rarely lasts longer than a day in this region. This is crucial for the Saguaro cactus because it cannot survive in prolonged freezing temperatures.