How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil

Posted: August 17, 2011 by Cristina Proano-Carrion


The useful properties of Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) essential oil are of great interest to everyone. For those that have sensitive noses though, my experience says that less is more with Palo Santo.
It works amazingly well in combinations and blends nicely with citrus, woody and even green scents.
The therapeutic uses of Palo Santo essential oil can be helpful to those seeking physical as well as emotional solutions.
Its strong rooted and grounded nature makes it very useful for those looking to take charge of their lives.
Also, for those in search of spiritual awakening, its calming scent keeps the mind free of worldly worries and helps one get in touch with the inner self.
On the physical front, Palo Santo has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and because of its high limonene content, it may even help in preventing cancers. [1]

HOW TO USE  PALO SANTO FOR EMOTIONAL CONDITIONS:

Grounding Blend

Use when you tend to be distracted and need to put your feet on the ground and be more practical.

In a 4 oz bottle of Carrier Oil add the following essential oils:

15 drops Cedarwood Atlas 
15  drops Palo Santo
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops of Bergamot   (to give it a fresh tone)  Stir well.

At night, before bed, squeeze a small amount on the palm of your hands.   Rub your hands and close your eyes.   Take a deep breath and visualize the feeling of being rooted and nourished by the earth.  Experience the feeling of being stable, supported and secure.   Then open your eyes, put some more oil on your fingertips and massage your lower back and soles of your feet.

Spiritual Blend

This aromatherapy blend will help you meditate and feel more detached from worldly thoughts.
Add these oils to your aromatherapy diffuser:
6 drops Palo Santo
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Frankincense 

Close your eyes, take several breaths.  As you breathe in, feel the scent of this blend lifting up your spirit, separating you from the worries of the day into a calm space
You can also put 1 drop of each oil on a tissue, you can carry it around with you and inhale often.
Use it as many times as you need to relax and reconnect with your higher consciousness.

Anti – Stress  and Anti- Anxiety Blend

Palo Santo
’s calming and soothing qualities make it an excellent ingredient for a sleep-well bath.
In ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream mix the following essential oils:

4 drops of Palo Santo
4 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Mandarin

Add this preparation to your bath water. While soaking in the water visualize that all your troubles and worries of the day are flowing down the drain. 
Allow the calming qualities of Palo Santo to provide strength and wisdom, and the assurance that tomorrow will be a better day.

HOW TO USE PALO SANTO FOR PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:

Pain Relief
The combination of Palo Santo with German Chamomile is beneficial for all sorts of inflammations and with arthritis pain.
In a 4 oz bottle of Carrier Oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of Blue Chamomile
5 drops of Grapefruit

Apply topically on the affected area, as many times as you need to.

References: [1] Cancer chemoprevention and therapy by monoterpenes.  Inhibition of protein prenylation by metabolites of limonene.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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German Aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman writes about Palo Santo Essential Oil

© Cristina Proano – Aromatherapy blog  – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on the traditional use of aromatherapy, and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a healthcare professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Cristina Proano.
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