Deep in the dry tropical forests of South America lay an ancient tree by the name of Palo Santo (which translates to Holy Wood) that’s been used for centuries dating back to the era of the Incas. Known for its indigenous medicinal purposes it has been cultivated for its incense and oil properties. The tree is harvested with sustainability in mind and is harvested and used alive or dead; essential oils are extracted from dead trees and fallen branches by using vapor distillation.
What are the health benefits of using Palo Santo?
Apart from the divine and energetic benefits Holy Wood has been used by ancient South Americans to alleviate bad energies and heal health ailments too. With properties that are known to calm the immune and nervous system things like common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety and inflammation are all know to be cured or eased through the use of oil, smudging and/or tea. It’s even known to contain high levels of D-Limonene and monoterpenes, which make it helpful in reducing cancer symptoms.
What is Palo Santo wood?
With an ancient lineage native to central and south America the Palo Santo tree falls into the same family as frankincense and myrrh. The mystical ‘Holy Wood’ tree has an element of citrus and emits succulent hints of sweet lemon, pine and mint. The wood is used in a variety of ways to cleanse energy and improve health.
How to use Palo Santo in your meditation practice?
The use of Palo Santo helps in the vibrational preparation for meditation. The burning of wood shavings or sticks can be used during smudging and to relieve the energy fields of negative thoughts and feelings.
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