More about Palo Santo Sticks (Bursera Graveolens)
Palo Santo has been used by the Incas for centuries as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing and to get rid of evil spirits, misfortune and calamity. Shamans in the Andean mountains still use it as part of their curing rituals.
Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood” or “Sacred tree” is a natural aromatic incense wood. It has a wonderfully calming, soothing fragrance, with a powerful energy.
Our “Lambayeque” Palo Santo is gathered under government supervision by the native people from the area of Lambayeque, Olmos, Peru. From protected trees only. They are very old trees from which the people only collect the windfall from the ground. The indigenous peoples consider them sacred for endless generations.
Light the end of a stick, allow the flame to burn for a moment, and blow out the flame. Alternatively you can burn the powdered or shredded wood on charcoal discs.
Other names: Palo de la vida, Sacred Wood, Holy wood, St. Anthony`s wood, Palosanto, Mallka Waki.
Palo Santo Plant Info
Bursera graveolens belongs to the Burseraceae (Copal family) and inhabits the South American Gran Chaco region (northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and the Brazilian Mato Grosso). It is also common on the coast of Ecuador. It is related to the Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) tree. The Bursera graveolens tree has no branches on the lower part of the trunk, and within a radius of several yards not a leaf or a blade of grass will grow. It is a soft, light wood, usually found near the river banks, and is the favourite haunt of colonies of the Brazilian fire ant, a vicious insect with an extremely painful bite.
Aged heartwood is rich in essential oils such as limonene and alpha-pinene.
Palo Santo has both a deep enjoyable wooden aroma. Carrying a nice warming middle range and a wonderful sweet top range to it. Burning a small piece of wood gives a peaceful warm atmosphere. It leads you into a pleasant relaxed state of mind.
Palo Santo Combinations
For those who love to experiment with the alchemy of combined scents, Palo Santo goes very well with the following incenses: Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata), White Sage (Salvia apiana) and Copal (Dacryoides peruviana).
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