Palo Santo a.k.a. Bursera graveolens is a wild tree native to the countries of Ecuador & Peru. It is most often encountered in the form of its heartwood or essential oil. The wood is commonly burned in a nature similar to incense by allowing the smoke to cleanse an area. Its essence is believed to energetically clear a space of any lingering stagnant energy. This powerful tool has been used as a form of indigenous medicine for generations, and we are working passionately to restore its place within contemporary conscious culture. The harvesting of palo santo is one of an ethical issue. Traditionally the tree is harvested from fallen branches as it is believed the essential oil becomes more potent from dead branches. Due to high demand, the wood is being harvested illegally and unsustainably. It is important to source properly!
Tea- The sticks can be used to prepare tea, which is an effective supplement in the treatment of flu, colds, inflammation, and other various ailments. Please see our Recipes Page for a link to our favorite Palo Santo tea recipes. As a general rule of thumb: start with a smaller quantity & increase amount as desired.
Mosquito Repellent- Wood chips, sticks, and essential oil blends are all used as repellents to discourage mosquito bites. This is one of Palo Santo's most common and well known applications in its native environment.
Meditative Aid- The aromatherapeutic qualities of Palo Santo stem directly from its natural chemical composition. A number of people use as it a meditative tool, as there is a connection between stimulating the senses with the powerful aroma and the body's release of natural endorphins. Spiritual types from all around the world use Palo Santo as an aid in their meditation practices, with the tree's magic stretching well beyond the borders of its native habitat and culture.
TO USE: light end of stick and allow to burn for 30 seconds to a minute. Blow out the flame and place on smudge bowl. The glow will end on its own, or blow to keep the embers burning.
***DO NOT LEAVE BURNING MATERIALS UNATTENDED. BE CAUTIOUS WHEN BURNING AROUND CHILDREN OR PREGNANT WOMEN. SMUDGE BOWLS WILL GET HOT AND CAUTION MUST BE TAKEN WHEN HANDLING. YOU MAY PLACE SAND AT THE BOTTOM TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE HEAT. ***