Palo Santo (Spanish for ‘Holy Wood’ or ‘Wood of the Saints’) comes from a mystical tree native to South America. It is known for its remarkable healing and spiritual properties.
The magic of Palo Santo is in the alchemical process that occurs long after the death of a tree. The tree is harvested ethically for spiritual and environmental reasons. In order for Palo Santo to gain its sacred and medicinal properties, it has to die a natural death. The trees are left to fall on their own accord and are then given several years to rest peacefully on the forest floor. This allows the concentration of essential oils to develop their richness, irresistible aroma and incredible healing properties.
Palo Santo is part of the citrus family and a distant relative to frankincense, myrrh and copal. It’s scent has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
The wood is traditionally used in rituals in South America to provide protection against sickness, accidents, evil spirits and negative energies. It is known to raises the vibration in preparation for meditation and to allow for a deeper connection. The natural properties, released in it’s gentle and light smoke, purify space and people on an energetic level and attract positive energy.
Palo Santo is stimulating, creates a soothing atmosphere, helps to ease fears and concerns, improves concentration and encourages creativity. The sacred wood is used as an analgesic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, insect repellant and has anti-inflammatory effects. It has an extensive range of medicinal benefits including nervous and immune system defence, detoxification, relaxant and pain relief. Palo Santo helps to relieve common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain.
To burn, use a match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo. Allow it to burn for about 30 seconds up to one minute and then blow out. Move about your space where you’d like to clear the energy. The rich smell will bring peace and clarity. The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going.