Palo Santo Essential Oil, Directly from Ecuador

Posted: August 17, 2018 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Palo Santo Tree in the Galapagos Islands. A red-footed boobie is nesting here – Photo by Cristina Proano

Palo Santo Essential Oil (Bursera graveolens)

When I used to walk through the colonial streets of my hometown Quito, the sweet woody smell of the Palo Santo sticks sold outside the temples and churches immediately would lift up my spirit and invite me to quiet my mind from mundane thoughts. Palo Santo is burned in temples in Ecuador, just like burning incense,  as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven.

Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood,” is a tree that grows in the dry coastal areas of Ecuador like the Galapagos Islands. The wood has been used for centuries by the natives in my country as a spiritual remedy for purifying, cleansing, dispelling evil spirits, misfortune, and calamity.

Why the essential oil is so unique: It is said that the real value of this tree comes after its life, which can be up to 90 years. The tree does not release its essence, or essential oil until it has lain on the ground for 4-5 years after having died of natural causes. At this point, the tree gives freely of its essential oil.  In other words, to obtain its essential oil, a lot of patience is required, and the essential oil is beneficial for restlessness and nervousness.
Palo Santo Essential Oil has many therapeutic properties that make it a very sophisticated oil and the ingredient to many of my aromatherapy formulas: decongestant, purifying, uplifting, meditative, nervous system tonic, sedative.
Palo Santo combines well with Lavender, Mandarin, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus. Use it in your aromatherapy diffuser or dilute it with Carrier oil to apply topically.
There are many ways you to use Palo Santo, read all about it here: How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil

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