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Palo Santo: Close Up Look

Since I found out about Palo Santo I have been obsessed with it! I burn it everyday to clear the air, set the mood and get me focused and distressed. Sounds amazing right?

Palo Santo or “Holy Stick” is a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing, as well as to get rid of evil spirits and misfortune, as well as for medicinal purposes. This mystical tree is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. It recently had a surge in popularity among casual spiritualists hoping to cleanse their home of similarly malevolent vibes.

 

Image from anthropologie.com

 

Spiritual Benefits

The essential oils of Palo Santo not only have health benefits but also helps spiritually. Its fragrance stimulates the brain and the person connects with his inner self, experiencing calm and peace in one’s mind and soul. Some people believe it has the ability to help a person with anxiety and depression. Works like a relaxant and a purifier which has worked for many people.

Healing Benefits
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. The Palo Santo essential oil is great for aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing. Great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it works well for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.

 

Sustainability
The best part of this magical tree is that it is wild crafted and sustainably harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years. The essential oil can only be extracted from dead trees and fallen branches using “Vapor Distillation” without the use of dangerous chemicals or solvents. This insures a high quality product cared for with Love and Respect.

100% Sustainable and Natural

 

Image from Ashley Neese

 

 

Burning Instructions

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.  The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings .  When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay. The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going.  Always use caution and respect when working with fire.

 

Later this week I will take a look at the packaging design side of Palo Santo. Stay tuned!!

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bursera_graveolens

https://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/138228/palo-santo-uses-holy-wood-spirituality

www.sacredwoodessence.com/benefits

www.myorganiclife.info/palo-santo

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