Palo Santo essential oil with mint sprig 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.

Palo Santo treeThe 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.

Palo Santo essential oil 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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Palo Santo Essential Oil — 7 Comments

  1. The Palosanto (Bursera graveolens) is a tree from the Ecuadorian dry forest which was used by Shamans to cure many diseases; this is the reason why the Spanish that settled here call tree “Santo”. (Editorial note: Santo mean ‘Holy’ in Spanish).

    The wood of the tree can process itself after it has died. Which a process of vapor current distillation (without chemical solvents) an essential oil that is used for Aromatherapy and massage

  2. I’ve only recently started using essential oils and can attest to their benefits thus far. I am 53, female, with “moderate to severe osteoporosis”. Although I have been prescribed medication that is purported to improve bone density, I have always been hesitant to take it. I would like to try the Palo Santa oil. Can you tell me how to use it in this instance? Thank you.

  3. Palo Santo essential oil is great on bones and joints – rub 2-3 drops on joints to reduce bone discomfort.

    I recently read about these experiences:

    My 89 year young mother-in-law was on 9 meds. One was Fosamax. She was frightened by all the potential side effects of the Rx’s and wanted off. She began a program of ICP, Comfortone, 6 oz. NingXia Red daily, Omega Blue, Super Cal., Polyzyme + bouncing on a rebounder 10 minutes 3x daily.

    After 30 days she had a bone density done and it showed no signs of osteoporosis and she was able to discontinue the Fosamax. Was the Fosamax doing it’s job, or did the exceptionally high quality nutritional support put her over the top? – Mary D.

    My 58 year old mother had a bone density test which revealed decreased bone mass. She started taking NingXia Red Juice and Super Cal and had been on these supplements about 6 months before a second scan was performed. The results of the bone density scan revealed no bone loss at all. In fact, her doctor told her she had the bones of a 30 year old. – Norman N.

    My 90-year-young mother just had a bone density scan because she has had severe loss of bone mass. Her rheumatologist was astounded because he said that she no longer has severe bone loss. He couldn’t believe that her bone density improved so much in 1 year. Now what did she do differently? She has been taking BLM for around 8 months, just 1 level scoop a day. She can’t take more because BLM is too high (for her) in potassium. I put the BLM in a ‘jigger’ of NingXia Red Juice with a dash (about 1/2 tsp.) of Coral Sea. I don’t know if it’s the combination or the BLM which did it. – Jean F.

    Low progesterone levels can also cause bone thinning. The new Progessence Plus Serum by Young Living provides natural micronized progesterone in liquid form. It’s easy to apply, all-natural (from wild yams), doesn’t need to be cycled and reasonably priced.

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  4. where can we find this original study?
    A recent study from Tokyo shows that it has a 70% success in reducing cancer.

  5. I love the aroma of palo santo, it is pure. It make me feel good I close my eye and before I go to work I inhale a little pit. So ar it been positive sense I have it. I notice more positive thing in my life. I recomend it.

  6. Donna,

    I haven’t heard of any contraindications with Palo Santo and dogs, but I’m not a vet so I can’t say for sure. If you use Palo Santo, or any other essential oil, make sure that you dilute it with either vegetable oil or almond oil.

    Remember that dogs are so much smaller than humans that they can’t take the oils undiluted. Also, apply a much smaller dose (of the diluted oil) on your dog than you would on yourself, depending on size. Most of the time, that’s about 25% of the dose for humans.

    To be safe, I would use about 20-30 drops of vegetable or almond oil per drop of essential oil.

    Be sure to use a very high quality oil and add it only to a natural base (nothing synthetic or chemical).

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