Palo Santo has an inspiring fragrance and can be diffused for a cleansing and refreshing atmosphere. It can also be used for massage after activity. It is closely related to frankincense and comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it is found in South America rather than the Middle East. It’s botanical name is bursera graveolens.
Like frankincense, Palo Santo is known as a spiritual essential oil. In Spanish, the name Palo Santo means “sacred wood,” indicating how highly this oil is regarded. It has been traditionally used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies.
The Palo Santo Tree
The Palo Santo tree is protected by the govenment – no living trees or branches are allowed to be cut. To harvest the oil, a permit is required and then only dead trees, or fallen branches from dead trees, that have been left lying on the ground for a minimum of two years can be used. This is because the resin will only go into the hardwood when the wood dies and matures – developing it’s unique and powerful chemistry. This chemistry is missing from cut branches or cut wood.
There are two types of Palo Santo trees from the North and the South. North Ecuador trees have white barks with large, heavy trunks. South Ecuador trees have red barks that produce twice the oil (this is due to the salty air which changes the wood). The most beneficial variety is the South Ecuadorian, red bark tree. This variety has a limonene content of 62-68%, which is very high for a tree. It has so much high-quality oil that is “bleeds” when cut.
Analysis show that Palo Santo oil contains high levels of limonene, a monoterpene compound that has been found to have chemo-preventive and chemo-therapeutic effects against several types of cancer. It is also rich in sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes and alpha-pinene.
The aroma can also be beneficial for meditation ” TARGET=””> – those who use it in meditation report deeper concentration, seeing a beautiful blue color around them and some even feel the presence of angels.
Palo Santo can also be worn as a perfume to release negative energy.
How to Use
Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 1 drop of V-6™ or olive oil and apply to desired area as needed.
Aromatic: diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
Bursera graveolens† (Palo santo) wood oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
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Item No. #3607, 5 ml – Palo Santo Essential Oil