Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Palo Santo

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) also known as "holy wood" is a mystical tree native to South America. Wood sticks, chips, and shavings of the trees have been traditionally burned by indigenous Shamans for its cleansing and healing properties. It is used for alleviating stress, headaches, stomach aches, colds, flu, asthma, emotional pain, and harmful energies.

Palo Santo has the most AMAZING aroma that I absolutely love. It is related to Frankincense and Myrrh and has a warm, sweet woody smell that always helps me to feel more centered, calm and at peace especially before meditating.

How To Use:

Light the stick and allow to burn until an orange glow appears. Blow out the flame of the stick and move around your body, home, workspace, bathroom or anywhere you want clear harmful energies. Since it is wood, you must keep relighting the stick. It is not like smudging with sage where you can let the dried smudge stick or leaves smolder. To read my post on smudging with sage, click HERE.

Another technique I use for space clearing is to light several sticks and place them in fire proof bowl or container. I shut all the doors and windows in the room and allow the smoldering wood to fill the area with smoke. After about 15 minutes or so I will open the door and windows to clear the space.

You can keep fresh sticks of Palo Santo in your home, car, bathroom or clothing drawers to enjoy the beautiful aroma.

Where To Find:

The collection of Palo Santo is regulated by the Peruvian government, so the trees are not cut for wood harvesting. Peruvians harvest fallen trees or branches that have aged for several years. Palo Santo sticks can be purchased at a natural food store or from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Peace and Harmony,

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