Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)

  • in bundles of 4 sticks
  • 75 g / 80 gr per bundle
  • length 10 to 12 cm
  • Available as high quality essential oil (10ml)

Bursera graveolens, a beautiful aromatic tree, is prized for its aromatic wood. Throughout Central and South America Bursera graveolens, is used among natives indigenous tribes, such as the Inca. It is used to spiritually cleanse impure energy. This makes a perfect shamanic tool during rapé ceremonies. It brings a fragrant and pleasant smell to any space it is burned in.

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Palo Santo | Bursera Graveolens

Bursera Graveolens is prized for its aromatic wood. Throughout Central and South America Bursera graveolens, is used among natives indigenous tribes for its beneficial effects. It is traditionally used to purify the room from bad energy and considered the bringer of good luck. Burning Palo Santo releases the elemental plant spirit of the sacred three which brings a sense of relaxation, peace and wellbeing to any space it is burned in. The rising smoke will enter the energy field of the ritual participants to ‘clear misfortune, negative thought patterns and ‘evil’ spirits.” Essential oil can be produced from the wood, which is attracting a lot of attention due to its seductive scent for use in perfumes and cosmetics.

Sustainable Palo Santo

These Bursera Graveolens trees are critically endangered species. This means that wood may only be gathered when trees have fallen naturally. The tree trunks are gathered in a respectful way, as the tree has been considered sacred by tribes for thousands of years. Bursera Graveolens is found growing in many areas including Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia and the Galapagos Islands.

Our Palo Santo is gathered from a private reserve in Ecuador. It comes from trees and branches that have naturally fallen and have been laying dead for 4-10 years before they are collected. The longer the tree has been on the jungle floor, the more potent the scent as the concentration of essential oils will be relatively higher. You can determine the quality Palo Santo according to its color. A deep yellow color is an indication of aging and therefore of quality.  Due to high content of essential oil, high quality palo santo will burn really easy.

Traditional use

Medicine man, or shamans, in Peru use the salving smoke to relieve patients of physical discomforts such as stomach ache. When combined and burned with another plant named Ruta chalepensis, the smoke is blown into the ears to treat otitis media (ear infections). In addition, the wood can also be burned with Yerba mate together with the feathers of the rhea bird. The resulting mixture of smoke is inhaled every nine days and it is well recorded to heal ‘mal aire’.

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