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Palo Santo Wood

Updated: Jan 13


Palo Santo literally means Holly or Sacred Wood in Spanish. Palo Santo is a tree that grows in South America and it is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. It has long been used by Shamans for cleansing and healing. Palo Santo is most commonly sold as pieces of wood which are burned. We also carry it in incense, essential oil, and vibrational sprays.

The wood of the tree is sustainably harvested and in some countries (e.g. Ecuador) it is against the law to cut down Palo Santo trees and the harvest of deadwood is limited. The beneficial oils found in the wood are only available in dead trees and fallen branches. The oils slowly mature in the wood as it rests over several years and then are harvested for use. Many believe the longer the tree has rested the more powerful the benefits of the oil.

Traditions says that Palo Santo oil produces a spiritual film over the skin that works like a protective shield, reinforcing the positive, strengthening the aura, and expelling negative energies.

People often react very strongly to Palo Santo. They either love the aroma or they find it unbearable. One theory is that people may react quite strongly to the smell of Palo Santo and that a ‘dis-ease or issue will drive the type of reaction. Ones who have a ‘dis-ease’ (or issue) that is ready to be healed often react quite positively to the smell while others who are not ready to release a ‘dis-ease’ (or issue) may have a strong negative reaction to the smell, like Dracula to garlic. There is nothing wrong with either reaction, they are just signs of where a person growth is with a particular ‘dis-ease’ (or issue).