What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo is known as ‘holy wood’ and these trees are found in the forests of Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Palo Santo use as an incense originates from Indigenous peoples in Central and South America. Peruvians would harvest the fallen branches and twigs of the Bursera graveolens tree and burned pieces, much like incense, in order to spiritually purify energy. Shamans used Palo Santo to offer grounded and clearing energy. It is a non-endangered species in the Burseraceae family, a close relative of frankincense.
Palo Santo is often used to cleanse the energy of spaces, items, and people, as well as for its woodsy, fragrant aroma.
Is Palo Santo Sustainably Sourced?
All Bursera Palo Santo is sourced from the dry forests of northern Peru and Certified Sustainable by SERFOR (National Forest Service and Wildlife of Peru). The regional forest and wildlife authority only authorizes the use of dry and naturally fallen trees. This certification is critical to ensuring we protect the forests.
How to Burn Palo Santo?
Burning Palo Santo is a sacred and mindful ritual that has been practiced for generations. This fragrant wood is renowned for its cleansing and purifying properties. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to burn Palo Santo effectively:
- Open all windows
- Hold Palo Santo Stick downward at a 45 degree angle
- Light the end of the stick with a candle or lighter, may take up to a minute of holding a flame to it
- Hold the stick upright with the lit end up and let burn for 10-20 seconds
- Blow the flame out and paint the air with the smoke, it will continue for about a minute and stop at which the point the stick can be relit if more is desired.
- Place in a Palo Santo Holder