What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is a sacred fragrance tree native to the tropical forests of Ecuador, Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula of Peru in South America. From the same botanical family as Frankincense and Myrrh trees, its powerful and beautiful aroma has notes of lemon, mint and pine. Palo Santo is thought to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world.
What is Palo Santo used for?
Palo Santo’s name literally means “Holy Wood”. Its smoke is so powerful and its healing powers so numerous that it has been a staple in sacred rituals and everyday uses in South American culture for centuries.
Some of its most well-known uses include the following:
- smudging to remove and keep “bad energy” away
- relaxation and reducing stress
- raising your vibration during meditation to allow a deeper connection to Mother Earth and Divine Source energy
- enhancing creativity
- clearing misfortune, negative thought prints and evil spirits
- said to bring both love and good fortune to those who are open to its magic
- stimulating mental and emotional clarity
- repelling mosquitoes and other insects
- disinfecting the air