The most amazing and treasured incense of all times has to be Palo Santo, this "magical wood" is a very powerful energetical cleanser used in special ceremonies and shamanistic rituals dateing back centuries to Tiwanaku times, and later, the Incan Empire.
It grows wild in the tropical dry forests of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil, and even along the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Pale grey with twisting branches and green leaves, it looks a little magical au naturel, but it’s even more so on the inside.
Healers, shamans and community elders from South America believe that Palo Santo has a strong, mystical spirit that needs to be treated with respect and sincerity. They say the spirit continues to live on in the wood long after the tree has fallen, and if it’s used properly, it will pass on its restorative powers to whoever possess part of it next.
Harvested from Palo Santo trees, it’s a wood primarily found in South American and Central American regions. A part of the citrus family (a close cousin to the religiously famous frankincense and myrrh) it has an earthy, warm, woody fragrance with hints of lemon, pine, musk and mint.
Palo Santo, which means “holy wood” or “wood of the saints”, is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America.
Palo Santo is most widely used for spiritual purification and energy (house) cleansings. Once the wood sticks are burned, the smoke is believed to clear negative energy and restore tranquility and calm emotions.
Burning Palo Santo wood creates an uplifting, pleasant, fresh smoke that works miracles in keeping away mosquitoes and other insects.
It is said that the smell enhances creativity.
Cleansing means to rid the body or home of negative energies and to protect the people, animals and the home.
Our Palo Santo is ethical and sustainable Certified by the National Forest Service and Wildlife of Peru SERFOR
After years on the forest floor, Palo Santo wood developed rich and fragrant essential oil as well as many amazing properties, including the power to remove obstacles, attract good fortune and clear negative energy.
The act of cleansing a room of negative energy is called “smudging” or burning in layman’s terms.
How to burn Palo Santo sticks:
-Light a stick with an electric lighter or match
-Hold the stick downward at a 45° angle
-Let the stick burn for 30 seconds
-Blow out the flame
-Wave the stick in the air and wave your free hand over it
-Then place it in a heatproof dish to let it burn (don’t leave it unattended)
Sold in packs of 20grams. Quantity of sticks per pack might vary, less sticks means thicker stickes and viceversa.