Palo Santo is a sacred wood that comes from the magical Palo Santo tree, native to the coast of South America, mainly Peru. Its name literally means holy wood or wood of the saints. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power. Traditionally, it is burned by Incas, indigenous people of the Andes, Shamans and medicine people for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing.
Palo Santo uses include evoking protection, used during meditation to create clarity & grounding, inspiring creativity, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune. Its uplifting scent helps to raise your vibration to bring a deeper connection to the Earth and divine source. Use it to set & seal your intentions. Also, use it while performing any clearing of crystals and other objects. Use it while smudging to clear a space of negative energy. When lit, it is a natural insect repellent. Palo Santo essential oil has potent antibacterial properties, making it the perfect household cleaner. In a spray bottle, simply add a few drops of the oil to water. You can also add in other essential oils, like lemon, tea tree and peppermint to enhance the scent and antibacterial effects.
There are physical healing benefits, including relieving symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, emotional trauma, inflammation, arthritis pain, stomach aches, respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, fighting free radical damage and headaches. This can be achieved by smudging, making teas, tinctures and essential oils. The mature wood also is a rich source of antioxidants and phytochemicals, also known as terpenes, such as d-limonene, and α-terpineol used by natural medicine practitioners to treat gastrointestinal ailments and heartburn. Limonene has also been found to have potentially preventive properties for the prevention of a variety of cancers.
Palo santo must be harvested in a very particular way to ensure that it is of the highest quality. If the wood is harvested too soon it it will look lighter in color, burn much faster, and contain fewer beneficial properties. The wood needs time for the natural aromatic oils to develop and mature. An ideal aging process involves a naturally fallen tree aged a minimum of 3-4 years, and often up to 10 years before they are harvested. This ensures a very high-quality product that is constantly surrounded by love and respect. Over time, the wood becomes more oil dense, burns slower, is more fragrant, and the grain of the wood takes on a darker amber appearance. It is said that the wood of the palo santo tree is of no use unless it died of natural causes.