Palo Santo – a ‘holy wood extensively used to heal as well as spiritual purification of the body and space It has experienced a dramatic increase in its market value over the past few years. Its popularity is mostly because of its irresistible, musky smell when burned as an incense as well as its capability to cleanse a space of negative energy.
While the Palo Santo tree doesn’t offer an impressive aesthetic, it’s the contents inside that make palo santo one of the most sought-after incenses on the market today. The tree is a powerful spirit and has a wealth of benefits that can be shared but only after its natural death. That’s right because oil essentials that help make wood fragrant and create healing properties don’t mature in the event that the tree does not die from natural causes.
In our last blog, we discussed some of the histories in Palo Santo and went into more detail about the advantages of the wood’s aroma. In this blog, we’ll look at some lesser-known facts regarding Palo Santo and clear the long-standing misinformation that surrounds the incense.
- Is Palo Santo Endangered?
Palo Santo in medical terms is also known as Bursera Graveolens, which grows abundantly throughout South America – now coming to the question of whether it is threatened?
If the answer is no, then it’s not true.
Based on an article written on The New York Times, Palo Santo is not threatened and is simply an unfortunate victim of a mistaken identity. A different species, specifically, Bulnesia Sarmiento is also called Palo Santo and is also located within South America. This tree is now considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In actual fact, IUCN has declared Bursera Graveolens as being of ‘least concern as a status. Happy Smudging!
- There are 2 types of Palo Santo Tree Male and Female
People who gather this delicious timber were among the initial to realize that there exist gender-neutral Palo Santo trees. They also declare that they are growing in groups consisting of 8 females and one male.
Males who are the only males are believed to live longer than females by quite a distance. Females live a life span of 40-50 years while males last up to 200 years. The wood-derived by the female Palo Santo is heavy and yellow, whereas the male Palo Santo provides the white and fragile wood.
- The Holy Wood
Palo Santo in Spanish means “holy wood” or “wood of saints. The belief is that those who encountered the wood first time called it holy because of its healing and cleansing properties for spirituality. Presently, Palo Santo incense sticks are found in every home to scent the air and are also available in the form of wood, they serve the purpose of smudging.
- Attracts Positive, Rejects Negative
Palo Santo is unique in its power to cleanse any area and remove negative energy. They do not just cleanse the area of negative energies but also draw attention to the space positively with energy. The study shows that being drawn to the scent that comes from Palo Santo is a sign of purity in the spiritual and emotional realms. There are those who may not find the scent appealing at first however it could be a sign that they’ve begun to react to the scent and may be able to get used to the smell as the days progress.
There are a variety of methods to reap all the advantages of Palo Santo. The most well-known method is to burn Palo Santo incense sticks. But, one must ensure that they purchase it from a trusted source to ensure authentic high-quality. Make sure to keep an eye on and stay clear of fake Palo Santo that contain chemical compounds that create the signature sweet Palo Santo scent.
Satya Palo Santo incense sticks are made using only natural ingredients for authentic high-quality. Since they are 100% natural and hand-rolled, the incense sticks we offer are an extremely popular option among Palo Santo fans. We also offer Incense cones, incense stick burners, and holders for incense sticks.
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