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”
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing.
It's believed to cleanse to a person’s energy field, thereby enhancing their ability to deflect and repel negative energies as well as raising your positive vibrations in preparation for meditation. It's also been known for it’s grounding and focusing effect which can enhance creativity, productivity and increase good fortune.
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo. Hold at about a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame. Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute and then blow out. Move about your workspace, home, car, bathroom or anywhere you would like to clear the energy.
Although the smell of this Holy Wood is amazing, you should not make a habit into buying it too often, as the Palo Santo tree is currently endangered and is on a watch-list. According to the United Plant Savers Medicinal Plant Conservation, there are less than 250 mature adult trees in the wild, and the numbers are rapidly declining. While the tree is not nearing extinction, it has been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) list as over-harvesting can lead to extinction. While some information circling the internet is ambiguous as record-keeping isn’t always done in certain regions, we like to err on the side of caution when it comes to buying up a sacred tree simply because it is trendy.
The highest therapeutic oils that have been taken from a naturally fallen tree are absolutely sacred to specific cultures, and because someone decided to make smudging trendy, the trees are in danger. By buying it from commercial sellers to participate in a trend (or because you love the smell, use it as an insect repellent or find that it calms you), you are not getting the benefits from it which made it popular in the first place.