Palo Santo, or "Holy Wood," is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree that is widely found throughout Central and South America. Its lineage is with the citrus family and is related to frankincense, myrrh, and copal. Its clearing and energetic cleansing properties are similar to sage and cedar and invokes strong medicine for grounding and clarity.
Palo Santo is different than many of the other smudging materials as it is fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies; 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.
History: It is believed that a tree or fallen branches must lie dead for 4-10 years before the medicinal and mystical properties of the wood begin to come alive. It is also believed that the branches of the Palo Santo that are felled by lightning have the highest concentration of medicinal and mystical properties.
Cultivation: Our Palo Santo sticks are cultivated from approved farms in Ecuador to ensure quality and respect for the laws to prevent profiteering from illegal harvests.
Size: Each bundle consists of 5- 6" Sticks