Palo Santo: Uses in Spiritual Life

Mar 03 2016

Palo Santo, also known as Holy Wood, is a spiritual tool with an interesting history & various uses.


Palo Santo Tree as found in Nature


What is Palo Santo?

Palo Santo comes from a tree, Bursera Graveolens. This tree is found in Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula & in many areas of Central & South America such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru & Venezuela to name a few.

The Palo Santo tree is in the same family that Frankincense & Myrrh come from. It is usually harvested from completely dead trees or the fallen branches of the B. Graveolens tree, so as to not harm the living tree directly. 

Palo Santo Sticks

Example of Palo Santo Sticks for Incense


Uses for Palo Santo

Palo Santo is traditionally used as an incense, although some people also use Palo Santo Wood to make crafts such as crosses, statues etc. It can also be found in cone incense form & as an essential oil.

Palo Santo use originated in South/Central America but has grown popular in the United States in recent years. Local customs include using Palo Santo to clean your home of bad energy & to bring good fortune.

Peruvian Shamans use Palo Santo to “clear the energy field of a person to rid them of misfortune, negative thoughts & evil spirits”

Palo Santo’s energy is one that soothes, calms & relaxes the body & spirit. It is said to help relieve symptoms of common colds, reduces stress, alleviates headaches, lowers feelings of anxiety & emotional trauma.

Palo Santo can also be brewed & drunk as a tea to help boost the immune system & has anti inflammatory properties.**

Boil Palo Santo & use the water to bathe yourself & wash your floors. Sprinkle the water any place you wish to bring peaceful, calming energy. 

It is great for meditation, as it helps to lift your vibration to be more open to self reflection & wisdom.

Yeyeo Botanica carries both Palo Santo Sticks & Cones


Palo Santo Meditation Exercise

Items Needed:

Palo Santo Stick

White Penny Candle

First set up your meditation area, whether it is on the floor, at an altar etc.

Light the Palo Stick, letting the room or area fill with as much of the smoke as you prefer, then put out the stick.

Light a White Penny candle, then close your eyes & just focus on your breathing. Take in a breath, hold it for a few seconds then exhale slowly. Do this a few times, each time only focusing on your breathing & nothing else, not allowing any thoughts to enter your mind.

Practice this Palo Santo Meditation any time you wish to clear your mind & soothe your spiritual energy.

Recommended Reading

Want to learn more about Palo Santo & it’s medicinal uses? The following sites have great information about the physical & medicinal uses for Palo Santo***

**Please consult with your personal doctor before starting any homepathic remedies**

***Links are provided for informational purposes only as a courtesy, please continue to do your own research & always consult with a medical professional first***



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