What Really is Palo Santo and Why it Matters to You

     This tree is often referred to as Palo Santo in Latin or Bursera Graveolens in the scientific community. A mystical tree with energetic powers that has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of South America. 

Bursera Graveolens tree where Enu Palo Santo sticks come from.

     Palo Santo trees are native to several different locations around the world, mainly South America. Often used by healers of traditional medicine and shamans during rituals as a cleansing agent with spiritual properties that promotes peace and brings good intentions to those around it. Biologists, scientists, and researchers are still undecided on whether or not Palo Santo possesses an energy cleansing quality. But for those who have used it in the past, they claim to have felt some type of energy release while using it.

     Enu Palo Santo sticks can be used to make popular smudge incense. The smell is subtle and pleasant. It has a sweet earthy scent without being too strong. A member of the citrus family, Palo Santo wood emits an intensely aromatic and pleasant fragrance when burned or simply touched. When its aged wood is burned, its smoke releases cleansing properties on the surrounding air that helps people feel calm and grounded. It burns with an intense aroma which has been said to have more of an effect on people than the incense itself, acting as a spiritual cleanser that promotes harmony between people.

Caucasian female hands with red painted nails. One ring in her right ring finger and a ring on each one of her left hand. Both hand an embracing a lit, burning Enu Palo Santo stick. She is ready to meditate.

     Today, many people are turning to spirituality and alternative wellness practices in order to cleanse themselves of negative energy, recharge or even just need some peace-of-mind. Palo Santo is an alternative form of wellness that is growing in popularity in many cultures. Its spiritual significance is not the only thing that makes this tree so popular in alternative wellness practices. Some people like to use Palo Santo incense for its sensual and fresh scent to homes and offices, bringing good energy with it. It can help relax your mind and body while you’re working on creating your own space of peace and connection with yourself or others. In addition to this use, there are many other ways people have discovered to use palo santo like soap making or craft ideas. It would be fair to say that people recognize the beauty of Palo Santo’s benefits but are still skeptical about how it works.

 

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