An absolute must-have spiritual tool, Palo Santo is highly powerful and purifying aromatic wood from South America. I rarely “prescribe” anything at all, but when it comes to this incredible natural gift, it’s my belief that every altar, crystal shelf, or sacred space MUST have Palo Santo on it. 🙂
Palo Santo literally translates to “Holy Wood” in Spanish, and is used to refer to a type of mystical tree that only grows on the coast of South America. The name “Palo Santo” actually encompasses three different types of holy tree, but only one, Bursera Graveolens, creates the sweet, citrus/pine/minty aroma of the wood we burn and is used in spiritual work. Related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal, this magical wood has a scent that uplifts the energy of the space in which it burns, its smoke cleansing and purifying the air.
Palo Santo is a wonderful alternative to burning white sage or incense, if you suffer from olfactory sensitivities. It has a lovely, bright, sweet aroma that is strong, but natural and non-irritating to most. With the exception of insects, who find the scent irritating, Palo Santo can be placed in clothes drawers or other spaces where you’d like to keep bugs at bay, and some use it to keep moisture from accumulating in wet environments. Otherwise, I like to use pure white sage to truly cleanse and clear a space, and Palo Santo to introduce positive, uplifting, high vibrations into an area. Cleanse and clear first, uplift and energize next. Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years for spiritual and religious purposes.
Truly aromatic Palo Santo is quite sustainable and low-impact on the environment. The tree must die and dry of natural causes in order for it to develop its signature scent. Some have tried to rush the process by cutting down this tree and mechanically drying in order to harvest more quickly, but the aroma does not develop. In this way, the Palo Santo gifts us with its purifying energies when it is ready and we are ready and patient. It truly is Holy.
You will receive a set of TWO (2) Palo Santo sticks from Ecuador. This is a sustainably gathered, natural and inherently eco-friendly product. Here at the Crystal Lion we’re able to source this incredible, highly aromatic variety of Palo Santo that is freshly split and shipped directly to the shop. Palo Santo will lose its aromatic oils if stored for long periods of time, but these sticks are imported fresh every few months. This is a wonderful companion to your spiritual practice, sacred space, altar, and cleansing rituals.
HOW TO USE PALO SANTO:
One stick of Palo Santo can last a very long time due to its style of burning. I find that it lasts much longer than sage or incense, comparatively. To use, light the end with a fire source and wait until the stick catches a full flame. Either shake out the flame or it will go out on its own. The Palo Santo stick will produce aromatic smoke for several minutes, during which time you can use it to purify and raise the vibration of the space, people, or crystals around it. The stick will extinguish itself, and may be placed to rest while not in use in a fire-safe bowl.
Disclaimer: each piece of wood is unique in its content of aromatic oils and it’s thickness and dryness. Each piece sold through the Crystal Lion shop is guaranteed to be of the highest quality Palo Santo and light each time, however, please practice fire safety and common sense when lighting your Palo Santo and resting it while still burning. Watch your burning Palo Santo until you are sure the fire has gone out each time for safety.
All stones and crystals in our shop have been cleansed with our natural mountain spring water (except for those that may dissolve in water, such as selenite) and have been smudged with organic white sage, harvested sustainably and produced fairly.
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