Palo Santo is Spanish for "Holy Wood", and is a sacred tree that grows in parts of South America. Palo Santo has traditionally been used for healing, cleansing, prayers, and ceremonies.
The palo santo scent is citrusy, green and woodsy.
The rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
Palo Santo is used for incense, aromatic oil and indigenous medicine. It is burned for its energetically cleansing and healing properties.
It's believed the true value of this tree comes after its life of up to 90 years - only after having lain on the ground for 3-4 years does it develop the essential oil.
Palo Santo can be used to cleanse your personal space (and recharge it with positive energy), but it can also be used to cleanse your home, office, and even your crystal collection.
HOW TO USE FOR SMUDGING:
- Begin with a clear intention to move the negative energy out of your space and to accept positive energy in its place.
- Use a lighter to ignite your stick. Allow the stick to burn for 30-45 seconds and then carefully blow it out. You should place the stick in on a fire-safe incense holder.
- You can leave the stick here to smolder, or you begin your smudging ritual.
- Once the Palo Santo has been lit, please do not leave it unattended.