Magic wood

WHAT HAPPENED TO SANTO?

Palo Santo or "holy wood" originates from South America. With it, we remove negative energy and stress from the room, while at the same time bringing good energy and creativity into the room. In South America, it has been used this way for thousands of years. Why shouldn't we discover these magical properties of Palo Santa?

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HISTORY OF PALO SANTA

Under this name we know the wood of the Bursera graveolens tree, which comes from South America.

Today, the wood of this special tree is used for meditation, relaxation kicks and to attract positive energy. When a Palo Santa stick is lit and later extinguished, the wood begins to emit a characteristic and magical smell as it smolders, which is difficult to describe. Many say it smells like a delicate lemon mixed with a baked apple. Still others are reminded of the smell of burnt, caramelized sugar. It is a universal fact that it is difficult to find a person who does not like the smell of Palo Santo.

Despite the fact that Palo Santo has become extremely popular only in the last few years, the story of this natural incense began to be written already in the time of the Incas. Even then, the local residents recognized the miraculous power of Palo Santo — they used it both in spiritual ceremonies and as medicine.

Aromatic oil was also obtained from Palo Santo during the Inca era, which was used both for relaxation (it was smeared on the back of the head or along the spine) and for the energetic purification of the person to whom it was applied.

This sacred wood, as it is called all over the world, is still used by shamans in Peru today. A stick of wood is lit, the smoke is carried around the people who have come for treatment, thereby cleaning the patient's energy space, removing all unhappiness, negative thought patterns and evil spirits.

In South America, Palo Santo is also used in the form of tea or water infusion, especially in Ayahuasca rituals. Shamans soak Palo Santo wood in water, and this Palo Santo infusion is offered as a drink to all those who will participate in the ritual, as it is necessary to cleanse the body and spirit of bad energies before the ritual.

Incense quickly became popular in Ecuador as well. The custom of burning Palo Santa is still used there today, as they believe that Palo Santa smoke gets rid of bad energy or "mala energía".

One of the Ecuadorian proverbs even talks about this extraordinary power of Palo Santa :

"Palo santo para limpiar tu casa de la mala energia, palo santo para la buena suerte."

or translated:

"Palo Santo to clear your home of bad energy, Palo Santo for good luck."

How is palo santo made?

Bursera graveolens is a wild tree that comes from the area of ​​Peru and Venezuela. It grows in dry, tropical areas in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador and many other areas.

However, Palo Santa's journey from tree to stick that can be lit at home is not so easy.

In order for the wood to develop this characteristic aroma, the tree must grow up and die naturally, which can take 50 to 70 years . If the tree is cut down, it will not develop these characteristic odors in the strength by which this wood is otherwise known.

Even when a tree naturally dies and falls, it should not be immediately picked up, cut up and sent around the world. The tree must lie on the ground for at least five to eight years. It takes so long for the essential oils inside the tree to mature well, and without this maturation the wood cannot become the quality incense we know today.

THE PROBLEM OF HARVESTING PALO SANTA

Palo Santo or the Bursera graveolens tree is not an endangered species of tree. Since 2010, it has been placed on the list of "stable" species, which does not mean that we can treat this tree irresponsibly.

The demand for Palo Santo is increasing, which has led to two problems:

  • Some people still cut trees illegally and sell them in the market,
  • Synthetic versions of Palo Santo wood have appeared on the market, lining the pockets of corporations and leaving users disappointed.

Because of this issue, it is important that as end users of wood, we find trustworthy traders who sell authentic wood that is grown and harvested sustainably . Only by buying such wood will we get our hands on quality incense, and at the same time prevent any support from suspicious sellers who treat nature irresponsibly.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF PALO SANTO WOOD

Now that you know what to look out for when buying Palo Santo wood, it's time to talk about its healing properties.

The characteristic smell of Palo Santa is due to the special component Limonene, which the essential oil of this tree has in abundance. Limonene is known for its many healing effects on our body and mind. This essential oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic. It is precisely because of these properties that it remains extremely popular among healers all over the world.

Limonene is also extremely healing in the fight against stress, which makes Palo Santo a pure center of natural ingredients for relaxation. People regularly use it during meditation, yoga, or in their daily relaxation practice.

In addition to all its other properties, Palo Santo is also known for repelling mosquitoes and other vermin , which is why many people resort to it even in the summer, when we start to spend our evenings outside together. Not only will it bring good energy to the center of our gathering, it will also successfully repel mosquitoes.

The long history of using Palo Santo wood also testifies to other metaphysical properties of this wonderful gift of nature. Wood with regular use:

  • It increases our creativity,
  • It evokes positive energy,
  • Eliminates negative energy from our surroundings,
  • It helps us to concentrate,
  • It creates a stronger bond with our true selves.