Common Name: Palo Santo
Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens
Parts Used: Wood, aged from fallen trees
Processing: Steam distilled
Main Chemical Type: Monoterpene/Keytone/Ether
Common Uses: Wonderful for respiratory issues (allergies, COPD etc), arthritis (studies show it has the ability to regrow and heal cartilage). Stress relief, meditation, panic attacks. Energy workers claim it can align and connect all the chakras. It is considered to be antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Has excellent absorption properties and can be used with massage to relieve pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints. Regenerates skin, promotes skin nutrition, healing and flexibility.
Special Notes: Fresh, intense woody aroma with a slight hint of citrus. The tree of Palo Santo is originally from the dry tropical forests on the coast of the South Pacific, Ecuador being the main country where this tree is found. The Palo Santo Oil is only concentrated and deposited in the interior of the tree trunk. It can takes up to 10 years to produce the oil and to get concentrated in their trunk. Only tree branches that fall naturally from the ground are used to make this oil. The average life of the tree of Palo Santo is between 80 and 90 years.
History - The natives in Ecuador have used it mainly to protect themselves from insects (mosquito) and also in ancestral rituals where shamans use this oil to clear bad energy from the bodies. They also used it to perfume their homes. Also called Holy Wood. Medicinal and spiritual use dates back to the Incas!