The Spanish translation of palo santo is Holy Wood.
Palo santo is a type of tree (Bursera graveolens) growing wild near the equator and down into South America. This tree species is known for its healing properties and has a deep spiritual history. History immersed in ritual.
Burned as a cleansing incense and used as a smudging tool to release a space from negative forces, palo santo wood invites practice with intention. The scent beckons a hundred stories; naturally occurring organic compounds limonene and terpineol produce a focal aura of citrus and cedar.
How to use
Choose a stick of palo wood from your bundle and hold one end of the stick over a flame until it begins to burn. Stay a few moments with the flame as it grows. Rattle the stick gently in a back-and-forth motion and let the cleansing smoke rise through the air. If the smoke shrinks, blow a little until the ember regains its deepest glow.
Hold the stick in your hands, visualize your intentions and fill your space with sacred smoke. The short burn will smoke for quite a while, delivering an incredible scent and cleansing the energy around you, restoring peace and calm. When you’re done with your stick, put it on a fireproof surface (one good option is a metal fireproof bowl with a bit of sand in the bottom) and it’s ready for the next time you want to smudge.
Thanks to the slow-burning nature of palo santo wood, the sticks can be lit and relit many times, so don’t be shy, spread the love.
Use it for spiritual purification, to inspire creativity, good fortune, and positivity. Use it to deepen your connection to the divine source, to protect you from negativity, and to heal yourself from all manner of physical and spiritual ailments. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be feeling the magic faster than you can say, “Namaste.” Go forth and experience the joy!