Palo Santo Essential Oil (Bursera graveolens) comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it is found in South America rather than the Middle East. Like frankincense, palo santo is known as a spiritual oil, traditionally used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies. Even its Spanish name reflects how highly this oil is regarded: Palo santo means "holy wood" or "sacred wood."
Historical Data: Palo Santo comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it is found in South America. Like frankincense, Palo Santo is known as a spriitual oil with a deep-rooted tradition in which it was used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the air of negative energies. Palo Santo is found growing in the northern part of Ecuador but they also found some in the southern part. The tree produces oil the whole time it is alive, but when it dies it goes in to the heartwood which is steamed distilled to get the essential oil out.
As in Peru, the Palo Santo tree in Ecuador is protected by the national government and can only be harvested under strict conditions. The wood matures over time after the tree has died, developing a chemistry that makes for a very powerful essential oil. The same chemistry does not occur in cut branches or the wood of cut trees. The magic of Palo Santo is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or a tree. You see, in order for the Palo Santo to gain its magical and medicinal properties it must die, but not just any death — only a natural death of a wise old limb or tree. The Palo Santo trees live for 80 to 90 years. After this death the tree must remain in its natural habitat for 4 to 10 years to complete its metamorphosis. Only then do its sacred, medicinal and mystical properties come alive. It is said that the spirits of the sacred palo santo trees are carried in the essential oil and are part of what makes the oil so potent. The wood and oil have distinct therapeutic benefits that are utilized in traditional ethnobotanical medicine of the Andes. Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years in Peru and Ecuador by shamans and healers. Travel today through the Andes Mountains you still find shamans, curanderos, and healers using Palo Santo as part of their ceremonies and healing rituals, evidence that its use is more alive than ever in their culture.
Limonene — 55-65%
Alpha-Terpineol — 8-12%
Menthofuran — 5-8%
Note: constituents can vary depending on whether the wood is harvested from coastal or inland areas and if the trunk is red or white.
Applications: Palo Santo strengthens the immune system and great for acne. Palo Santo can also be worn as a perfume to transform negative energy. Palo santo is traditionally used in South America as an antiseptic and to remove impurities from the skin and body, as well as to clear homes of "bad energy" and bring in good luck. It is also used to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Palo Santo is one of the oils used in a protocol to get rid of beg bugs. Palo santo oil is valuable for restoring health from wounds, sprains and other injuries. Like frankincense, palo santo is also useful in meditation, energy work, and spiritual practices.
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