Palo Santo is a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a spiritual remedy for protection, purification and cleansing, as well as to get rid of low energies and misfortune.
Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish is used in South America in much the same way white sage is used in North America.
Palo Santo is different than many of the other burnable herbs as it is fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. It has a fine citrus aroma with underlying notes of frankincense, its close relative.
Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred ceremonies; the rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts, and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
This Palo Santo is sustainably wild harvested from a reserve in Peru from naturally fallen trees and branches.
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