Palo santo, or holy wood, is the wood taken from the Bursera Graveolens tree, one of the most fragrant trees in the world. It has a sweet pine, mint, and lemon aroma, and thanks to its amazing aromatic properties, it has been used for centuries as a natural incense. In many cultures, palo santo also has a spiritual use, heralding good luck, healing, and protection.
Some people maintain the ancient habit of the Andean peoples of burning palo santo for spiritual purification and energetic cleansing, removing negative energies from the environment. It is also believed that burning the wood inspires creativity, brings love, attracts good luck, and helps reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.
In addition, palo santo is used to treat illnesses such as colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, and joint problems, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. In aromatherapy, palo santo oil is applied to relax, calm, and minimize the effects of mental health-related complications, including sleep disturbances.
The extraction of real palo santo, with good aromatic quality, is done in a way that does not harm the environment. This is because the original product is taken from the trunk of trees that have died naturally and must remain for up to ten years healing in nature.
Palo santo is a sustainable resource and can have medicinal properties, but it requires some care.
It is important, however, to be aware of synthetic versions, the origin of the product, and usage habits.