Within the world of aromatherapy, there are many herbs, essential oils and aromatic woods that have multiple magical properties that do our bodies good. These resources that Mother Nature provides us are used in many ways, essential oils, soaps, incense, candles and more. Palo Santo is one of the trees that is currently positioning itself as one of the most popular aromatic woods and this is thanks to its multiple properties.
Its woody citrus scent with a slight scent of Mint is both easily recognizable and its use is increasingly widespread. “Palo Santo” means “sacred wood” its scientific name is bursera graveolens and it is originally from South America and, as such, is widely used for spiritual purposes. Many claim that it has healing and calming powers, which is why it has fascinated civilizations since ancient times.
Among other things, it was widely used by Inca shamans in their religious and spiritual rituals, as a perfect tool to attract good luck, ward off negativity, and achieve better spiritual communication with their gods. Today, this “sacred wood” never ceases to amaze us: new uses and forms of application are increasingly known.
Palo Santo is part of the citrus family and has sweet undertones of pine, mint, and lemon. Its wood contains an evident aroma when burned as wood or distilled to be used as an essential oil.
How are incense sticks from Palo Santo used?
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Light it with a candle
After a few seconds, turn it off by waving your hand.
Walk through the space where you want to clear the energy.
Enjoy the spiritual and relaxing white smoke of the palo santo.
Place the stick in a fireproof container. Coal burns slowly.
You can use it to the end.
Benefits of Palo Santo
Purifies and cleanses energies
According to tradition, when wood is burned, it removes negative energies to restore peace and calm.
Provide creative inspiration
The aroma of burnt wood has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve clarity and focus.
A natural anti-inflammatory
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Palo Santo oil is known to relieve joint pain, colds, asthma, headaches, but also anxiety or depression.
Attracts protection and luck
By burning your Palo Santo, you remove negative energies and welcome positivity and luck. Set your intention based on what you want to see happen in your life, and then move from one point to another in your home.
Calms the mind and brings calm
Palo Santo wood is not a cure for depression or anxiety, but an integrated cleansing practice as part of a healing plan can provide real relief. By releasing a calming aroma into the olfactory systems of the body and brain, it creates a feeling of relaxation and calm throughout the body.
Eliminate bad odors
Its burnt wood smell perfumes all closed spaces and masks persistent bad odors.
Naturally repels insects
Palo Santo resin contains an odor unappreciated by mosquitoes and other flying insects.
Ideal for clearing the mind, it is recommended to burn a stick of Palo Santo before a session of meditation or yoga.
Something you should know is that acquiring palo santo is a very important task since they must be done by companies or companies that work in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, in Ecuador there is a company which has a reforestation program where it has planted more of 10,000 PaloSanto trees, as a thank you to Mother Nature.
Each stick of palo santo santo and product derived from this sacred wood is made of naturally dead palo santo wood since this is the only way that palo santo manifests its magical and healing properties.
For those who want to use 100% natural and homemade treatments to care for and
protect your skin, here are 2 recipes:
Body scrub recipe:
The first step to taking care of your body in winter and removing dead skin is to exfoliate once a week.
- Olive oil
- essential oil of Palo Santo
- Sea salt.
- Step 1: In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of runny honey, and 4 tablespoons of sea salt.
- Step 2: Add 2 drops of PaloSanto essential oil.
- Step 3: Apply the scrub to the body in circular motions to fully exfoliate
- Step 4: rinse.
Moisturizing hand cream recipe:
To look beautiful up to your fingertips, don’t forget to take special care of your hands with a moisturizer. Here’s a homemade recipe for soft hands:
- 50 g of shea butter
- 30ml of vegetable oil
- 8ml of beeswax
- 20 drops of essential oil for smell
- 6 drops of vitamin E
- Step 1: Melt the beeswax and vegetable butter in a double boiler
- Step 2: Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vegetable oil, essential oil and vitamin E
- Step 3: Mix and pour the preparation into a container.
- Step 4: Let the cream cool and harden.
- Step 5: Apply it to your hands!
Extra: To exfoliate your skin and protect it from any impurities, you can use palo santo natural soaps. This soap is considered a natural relaxant, it is made from essential oils and Palo Santo sawdust which serves as a magnificent exfoliant.
Remember, before using any aromatherapy or Palo Santo product, you should place a little bit in your palm to eliminate any doubt about a possible skin allergy. For more information about Palo Santo products visit >> EcuadorianHands