Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo is different than many of the other smudging materials as it is fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies; the rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
Benefits of Palo Santo:-
Palo Santo is traditionally used as anatural remedy for colds and flu, as well as symptoms of stress.It is also known to relieve asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, and reduce inflammation.
As an essential oil, palo santo is great for aromatherapy and can also be used during therapeutic massages. Palo Santo Essential oil can also be added to candles, soaps, scrubs & butters / lotions.
Similar to Sage and Cedar, Palo Santo is most widely usedfor spiritual purification and energy (house) cleansings. Once the wood sticks are burned, the smoke is believed to clear negative energy and restore tranquility and calm emotions.
Burning Palo Santo wood creates an uplifting, pleasant, fresh smoke that works miracles inkeeping away mosquitoes and other insects.
It is said that the smell of Palo Santo enhances creativity.
We enjoy burning a stick of Palo Santo before meditating as it really helps us get relaxed and connected to ourselves. The lovely earthy, sweet and citrusy smell literally changes the energy inside any room.
Feel like a hot bath? Add 2 drops of Palo Santo essential oil, 2 drops of Lavender, and 1 drop of Mandarin to 1 tablespoon of bubble bath or body wash. Mix this into your bath water to help relax and renew.