Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as palo santo or “holy wood” is a tree native to Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. These trees live up to 80 to 90 years. It is part of the citrus family so it has sweet undertones of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo is used primarily as burning sticks, incense and essential oil. Shamans use the smoke from lit palo santo sticks to clear the energy field of ritual participants. It is one of the most powerful cleansers out there.
Similar to the properties of sage, it’s said to clear misfortune, negative thoughtprints, and any evil spirits. Just like a smudging ritual, you can use palo santo for the same use.
Take a feather to move the smoke around a room to clear the energy and purify the air. Make sure the smoke goes into all 4 corners and ensure you’re focusing on a positive intention while smudging. The more you concentrate, the more powerful the energy of the room can become. Its smoke is a bit more thin than the smoke of something like sage, so don’t be afraid to light it for a bit longer to ensure it’s smoke can really encompass the entire room.
It is also often used for physical pain and reducing inflammation. It contains high levels of D-Limonene and Monoterpenes which can help reduce cancer symptoms. It has excellent absorption properties and can be used in massage therapy to relieve pain of the muscles and joints and regenerate skin conditions.
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving: Common Colds, Flu Symptoms, Stress, Asthma, Headaches, Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation, Emotional Pain and more!
Buy some for yourself and experience the amazing power of palo santo – or at least enjoy its sweet scent that can really bring a home together. Enjoy it!