Sage Plays A Starring Role in Aura Cleansing and Body Healing



Long prized by medicine men and mystics, the medicinal sage plant plays a starring role in healing the body and spirit.

Shamans and spiritual guides burn the herb to rid buildings of negative energy. But the healing properties of this hardy shrub are more than a game of smoke-and-mirrors. Deriving its genus name, Salvia, from the Latin salvere, meaning ‘to heal’, sage has long been valued for its medicinal uses.

The camphor, tannins, and flavonoids in sage are antioxidants. Research has also confirmed that sage oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

“Rosmarinic acid, found in sage, may help protect the brain,” says Jason Bazilian, a specialist in nutrition, acupuncture, and oriental medicine. “Therefore, sage is receiving growing attention for its potential role in Alzheimer’s disease, as well as cognition and memory.”

Growing wild in the Americas, southern Europe, and Asia Minor, the medicinal sage plant has been tapped to treat conditions as disparate as warts, fevers, and the cessation of breastfeeding. It is also widely believed to effect healing on the spiritual and energetic level. At The Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, sage is deployed throughout the spa to heal guests’ bodies and spirits and to fragrance treatment rooms.

“By incorporating the healing powers of sage with elements of sight, sound, smell, and touch, we balance a guest’s emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being,” says Las Ventanas Spa Director Lea Cordon, a sage strategy indeed.”

Body Care Products

Feet Relief Massage Cream

Aubrey Organics

(800) 282-7394,

Italian White Sage, Geranium, and Yarrow Bar Soap

Pangea Organics

(877) 679-5854,

Desert Sage Body Scrub

The Body Deli

(760) 340-3731,

DIY Evening Eye Care

  • Recipe courtesy of Lea Cordon, Spa Director at Las Ventanas al Paraiso


1 tsp. fresh sage

1/2 cup water

4 cotton or gauze pads


Combine sage and water. Bring to a boil on the stovetop, and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture, then separate the liquid into two bowls. Soak two gauze or cotton pads in one bowl, and two in another. Put two of the gauze pads in the refrigerator to cool. Then, alternate application to eyes: ten minutes warm and twenty minutes cool.

Debra Bokur

For her entire adult life, Debra Bokur ( has been on a worldwide adventure — much of it having to do with spas and wellbeing. An author, journalist, editor, screenwriter and illustrator based in Boulder, Colo., her national awards include a 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She’s the Digital Content Producer and feature writer for Global Traveler Magazine, and contributes to bespoke in-room publications for luxury hotel brands including Montage Magazine, Loews and Sea Island Life. She holds BA degrees in both English Literature and Theater, is a contributing author to the academic book Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry (The Bench Press, 2001), and was the Poetry Editor for over a decade at the nationally acclaimed literary journal Many Mountains Moving. Along with training horses professionally in dressage and three-day eventing, her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Shape, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Body+Soul, Women’s Adventure, and a host of other national publications including many equestrian-specific magazines. Follow her on Twitter @SpaTravelPro and Instagram at debrabokur
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