Palo Santo Essential Oil from Ecuador

Posted: March 2, 2011 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Palo Santo Essential Oil

Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens)   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.
Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood,” is a tree which is native to Ecuador.
This oil has been used for centuries by the natives in South America  as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing and to dispel 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 is has lain on the ground for 4-10 years after having died of natural causes. At this point the tree gives freely of its essential essences.


  • 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

Aged heartwood (the center or core) is rich in essential oils with one of its main components d- limonene and alpha-pinene which  have been shown to be chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic against several types of cancer.
It has been found to be antitumoral, antibacterial, antiviral, helpful for sciatic pain, and assists with bone healing.

In medical aromatherapy this oil has shown to be effective to counteract panic attacks and anxiety, as a respiratory remedy for cough, colds, and asthma, for headaches and migraines, and in massage therapy for pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints. 

In spiritual aromatherapy it can be beneficial for meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning.

What a blessing that in its putrefaction, the Palo Santo tree provides medicine; hence, increased life is the outcome of its death.  
Enjoy in the following products: Allergy Calm Essential Oil Blend and Roll On
EXULTO Andean Bath Soak
Fiesta Essential Oil Blend
Palo Santo Essential Oil

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