Palo santo in Spanish is “holy wood”, which is a wood harvested from palo santo trees. Palo santo also called Bursera graveolens is the native tree to Peru and other South American countries. These trees are also widely available in few parts of Central America. The tree is from the citrus family. The tree blocks have the scent of lemon, mint, and pine. The trees are most prominent in tropical forests.
The high fragrant resin content of the Palo tree makes its woods release the most purifying energies when burned. In the olden days in South America, these palo santo woods are believed to remove obstacles and negativity and welcome good fortune to the place where they are used.
Palo santo tree used from in different parts like wood, oil, resin for thousands of years for medicinal and holy purposes.
Though there are no scientific studies about these benefits, it has been used by indigenous people.
Palo santo forms and its uses
Palo santo is available in 3 different forms. You can use it as:
Wood – The palo santo tree wood is available as sticks, chips, and powder. The branches of trees are cut into pieces to make these.
Resin – Palo santo wood contains a very aromatic and fragrant resin, which can be extracted and used separately.
Oil – The essential oil of palo santo can be derived from wood and fruit.
Benefits of Palo Santo
- Traditionally, palo santo is used as a mosquito repel. It is also used to deter termites, ants, and files. The limonene in the palo santo is responsible for the insecticide properties, so it naturally acts as an insect repellant.
- Palo santo is also used to treat various types of pain like headache, arthritis, throat pain. Studies prove the limonene in the palo santo provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Moreover, the limonene provides relief to the neuronal pathways.
- The aroma of the palo santo will relax the mind, so it is commonly ease stress. The anti-anxiety property will help to get relief from stress.
- The palo santo has a cleansing and purifying effect on the mind and body.