Everyone loves to feel great! The Spa Industry exists to fill this need. The Green Sustainable Movement is growing out of our power as consumers to choose. More and more we look behind the scenes at the products, services and companies we use to find out how it is made, manufactured and the company’s business practices. Does it give to the community or exploit it; does it sustain and increase our natural resources or destroy it? These are the questions we, as maturing consumers, are asking about our daily transactions.
Palo Santo Essential Oil – The Epitome of SustainabilityIf you are searching out products to use that support others and sustan communities and our natural resources, you may want to consider introducing Palo Santo essential oil to your spa treatments. Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood,” is a tree which is native to Ecuador and other countries in South America. This tree has been used for centuries by the natives in South America as a spiritual remedy for purifying, cleansing, dispelling evil spirits, misfortune and calamity. It is said that the true value of this tree comes after its life, of up to 90 years because, the tree does not release its essence, or essential oil, until it has lain on the ground for 4years after having died of natural causes. At this point the tree gives freely of its essential essences. Everything about Palo Santo Essential Oil promotes sustainability by its very nature. Small communities in Ecuador gather sticks of palo santo that have been laying on the ground for years, these are then taken to a communal distillation unit where the sticks are first (ground), then distilled by steam distillation. This activity benefits many families who live in the central highlands of Ecuador.
Sustainability Equals Good Self CareSustainability in the Spa Industry just makes sense as the health of the business is fundamentally intertwined with the health of the clients and employees. When everyone is feeling great the business thrives. Palo Santo invokes a feeling of sacredness as in entering a temple; quiets the mind from mundane thoughts; and has a purifying effect on the mind. You can diffuse Palo Santo Essential Oil in your treatment room to release mundane thoughts and prepare yourself for the healing work with your client. It is a great way to promote self care at the same time as you assist your clients.
Benefits of Palo Essential Oil
- As an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints
- As a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling
- As a nervous system tonic, sedative
- Helpful for allergies
- Effective to counteract panic attacks and anxiety
- Beneficial for meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning.