Palo Santo Blog
Learn more about palo santo’s health benefits, its many uses, the environmental factors of growing and distributing this sacred wood, and more.
Naturally fallen palo santo branches produce a rich resin with notes of citrus, mint, and pine. This sustainable incense-alternative is traditionally used throughout its native range to cleanse spaces, ward off negative energy, repel mosquitos, encourage forgiveness, and induce tranquility.
When a palo santo tree falls over, its journey has only begun. After an aging period of up to ten years for peak potency, our palo santo is gathered from fallen trees in a protected reserve in coastal Ecuador, bringing sustainable livelihood to local families.
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood.” It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
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There are two South American trees called Palo Santo – one of these species, a mahogany-like tree known to botanists as Bulnesia sarmientoi, is threatened with over-exploitation. The Palo Santo we sell is not threatened, and is gathered sustainably from fallen wood in a forest preserve.
Sacred Wood Essence Palo Santo is sustainably harvested from fallen wood | Ethically reforested | Fairly Traded