Palo santo, which means “holy wood” or “wood of the saints,” is a fallen wood from a tree that grows on the coast of Ecuador in South America. It belongs to the citrus family, and is related to both frankincense and myrrh
For centuries, the Incas, Shamans, and Indigenous communities in South America have used this powerful form of tree medicine for energy clearing, healing and spiritual cleansing.
Here are some of the benefits you can reap from using this magical wood:
If you don’t already know about palo santo, I strongly advise you try it. When burned, the smoke released emits negative ions that can uplift your mood and help with anxiety, stress, and depression. It’s used for clearing negative energy in the same way as Native Americans in North America have used sage.
Palo Santo has been used in many practices as a cleansing agent, and can act as an aid for sleep disorders. I’ve started to burn a little bit of this at night as I get ready for bed, filling my room with calming smells before I tuck in for the night. Soothing aromas such as palo santo, lavender, frankincense, and myrrh help to calm your brain from overstimulation.
Healing & Pain Relief
Traditionally, palo santo has been used for remedying various conditions, such as common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches and inflammation by smudging and making teas and tinctures with the wood and essential oils. In concentrated oil form, palo santo is effective in fighting free radical damage, and helping to relieve arthritis pain, stomach aches, and other ailments.
Natural Insect Repellant
When lit, palo santo releases a purifying smoke that repels mosquitoes and other insects, which is one of the many ways people all over South America have used the smoke from this sacred wood.
Purification & Detox
When used as an herbal tea, palo santo assists in supporting the immune system and shuts down inflammatory responses caused by diet, pollution, environmental stress and illness.
How To Make Tea Using Palo Santo
- Cut one stick of palo santo into four separate squares.
- Place one square into a pot for every four cups of water.
3. Bring the water to a boil.
4. Turn off the stove and let the hot water simmer with a lid on top for another five minutes.
5. Use a strainer to transfer the water into your cup.
6. Let the tea cool for three to five minutes, depending on how you take your tea.
7. Add any extra elements to enhance the flavor (honey, cinnamon or fresh herbs; rosemary, eucalyptus, mint, lavender)