How to use Palo Santo and it's benefits
PALO SANTO STICKS (HOLY WOOD) (Bursera Graveolens).
These premium sticks are extremely rare and come from branches that never touched the earth after the tree died naturally, enabling the aromatic oils and its healing properties to intensify even more.
Cleanse Your Energy, Find Calm, Deepen Your Connection to the Earth with Palo Santo Wood.
Palo Santo is one of the most fragrant woods in the world. Its sweet scent of pine, mint, and lemon has, for centuries, been a harbinger of healing and good fortune. Shamans, saints, and those seeking a stronger spiritual connection with the world use palo santo to protect, experience, and heal. Here are ten of the incredible benefits palo santo offers and how to use them:
Benefits Palo Santo Offers:
- Spiritual purifying and energy cleansing.
For centuries the indigenous people of the Andes have been using palo santo for spiritual purification and energy cleansing. When the wood is burned it’s believed to clear negative energy and restore tranquility and calm.
- Inspiring creativity and bringing love and good fortune.
Burn palo santo sticks or use the charcoal for ritual smudging that will welcome creativity, love, and good fortune into your space. The wood can help brighten energy and promote feelings of positive and joy. The scent is also shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance clarity and concentration.
- Bringing a deeper connection to the divine source.
If meditation is the yin, palo santo is the yang. The uplifting scent is the perfect partner for your meditation practice. Raise your vibration, and discover peace and grounding as you sink into a deeper connection to the Earth and your inner consciousness.
- Physical Healing.
Palo santo is used to treat a wide variety of physical ailments including colds, flu's, anxiety, depression, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, and emotional trauma. Use the oil to provide pain relief for arthritis and joint pain with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Palo Santo Tea (made by simmering the wood in hot water) acts as a natural digestive aid. The oil can be added to soaps, scrubs, and lotions to cleanse and moisturize the skin. The wood also contains high concentrations of a compound called d-limonene, which is thought to aid in the prevention of a variety of cancers.
- Energetic protection and the removal of negativity.
When used for smudging or burning, palo santo can eliminate negative energy, creating a calmer, more tranquil space. Set an intention about what you want to clear out of your space, then move from corner to corner, removing any bad energy, uplifting your spirit, and filling your home with good fortune.
- The enticing and clarifying palo santo scent.
Can we wax on a bit here about the remarkable, lasting scent of a palo santo smudge? For our kitchens and bedrooms, vehicles and work spaces, the brightness of citrus, marked with the ancient notes of its natural heritage, bring a uniquely clarifying scent to every space. The benefit of burning palo santo wood in a smudging practice is its lingering scent.
- Mobility of use while in travel modes.
Unlike a sage bundle, palo santo wood is graciously proportioned for spiritual seekers who spend ample time away from home. Palo santo sticks are well-paired with car rides, hikes and other travel experiences. People are known to cleanse their hotel rooms before sleep for a more peaceful, deepened rest.
- Vibrational cleansing and renewal for crystals.
Crystals do much of the heavy lifting in the work of drawing out negative energy. Like humans, crystals benefit from a ritualistic cleansing to maintain their best qualities. Integrating a smudging practice every 2-3 days for your rose quartz, amethyst, jasper, citrine, or other crystal types, is a lovely way to keep your crystals primed for their true power.
- Calming the mind and mental ailments.
The symptoms and causes of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders are complex. Palo santo wood does not boast a cure, but a smudging or essential oil practice integrated as part of a larger healing plan can provide some relief. Consider it aromatherapy; releasing a calming scent to the olfactory and limbic systems of the body and brain and in turn creating a sense of relaxation and calm.
- Warding off unwelcome insects in the summer months.
Smudging in the summertime provides the additional benefit of warding off mosquitoes in a natural, non-harmful way. Palo santo features volatile oils and aromatic resins that communicate a warning sign to pesky bugs, but without the harsh chemicals of products such as DEET.
How to light and use the Palo Santo Sticks:
1.. How to light the stick:
Palo Santo wood is easy to light. Hold the stick in a flame (a lighter, matches, or campfire.) until it’s fully lit. You’ll know it’s alight when the stick is creating a mini-flame of its own. Allow it to burn for approximately one minute.
2.. Let the flame die out.
Just watch as the wood naturally extinguishes itself after a minute or so. Please do not blow out the flame.
3... SMUDGING. Smudging is a practice meant to clear a space of negative energy to make it feel like a more comfortable, tranquil space. Palo Santo smoke used to smudge a room, to attract positive energy and let go of the negative. To smudge a room with a Palo Santo stick, letting the smoke fill the room. Some people like to set their intention on what they are clearing out of the home.
4... MEDITATION. The smoke of Palo Santo when it is burned as incense is said to create feelings of peace and clarity, making an ideal compliment to a meditation practice. In some traditions, Palo Santo is believed to have the power to dissolve negative energy and increase vibratory levels. When burned during meditation as incense, it can increase creativity and feelings of peace and grounding.
5... HEALING. Palo Santo has historically been used for an array of healing applications including treating colds and flu's, anxiety and depression, respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis, and headaches. The wood has also been used for pain relief due to its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory. The mature wood also contains high concentrations of limonene, which is used by natural medicine practitioners to treat gastrointestinal ailments and heartburn. Limonene has also been found to have potentially chemo preventive properties.