The healing or spiritual powers of sweet Palo Santo wood, otherwise known as Holy Wood and Peruvian sage, has been called upon since ancient times by South American medicine people. It is used as an incense for purifying and clearing or warding off hucha (Quecha for heavy energy) or spirits, and in ceremonies and rituals as a spiritual offering.
The tree belongs to the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh, and is sustainably harvested as fallen branches rather than being taken from living trees.
In addition to its clearing and purification benefits, many people report that the scent of Palo Santo has a calming and relaxing effect, so it can be helpful to use before a healing session, meditation or shamanic journey. And because its smell is so delicious I occasionally use it as a natural air freshener.
“The heavily essential oil-saturated wood of the Palo Santo tree is found to contain around 112 chemical compounds which make it a strong antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and insecticide, helping people overcome many sicknesses, colds, allergies, headaches, rheumatic pain, skin infections, and much more. Traditionally it is used as a mosquito repellant in coastal areas and as an air cleanser in the presence of the sick. But perhaps the most important compound found in its smoke, limonene (62.88%) is said to have chemotherapeutic properties and has also made Palo Santo a very effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress.”—Excerpted from Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine’s blog
To use: Light as you would an incense (never leave unattended). After a few moments the flame will self-extinguish or you can blow it out. The resulting smoke adds a wonderful sweet scent to the air as you smudge.
Can also be used (unlit) as a sachet in closets and drawers.
I personally custom-bless each bundle with Reiki and shamanic energy for highest and best good (unless you request otherwise).
Each bundle of Palo Santo comes with instructional booklet on the Smudging Ceremony and how to clear hucha from a person or house. Two ounces equals about 9-12 sticks that are 4″ in length, and one stick is usually good for several smudges.
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