Latin Name: Bursera Graveolens
Part of plant used: Wood
Extraction method: Steam Distilled
Country of origin: Peru
Blends nicely with: Cedarwood, Sandalwood and other wood oils.
Therapeutic uses: Balancing, strengthening, cleansing.
Palo Santo is a tree found originally in the tropical forests on the coast of the South Pacific, but Ecuador is now the main country where this tree is harvested. The tree belongs to the same family (Burseraceae) as Frankincense and Myrrh. You can smell the sweet fragrance of Frankincense in the Palo Santo. This connection brings a gentle healing energy to the Palo Santo. Palo Santo Oil is concentrated, and found only in the interior of the tree’s trunk. It can take up to 10 years to produce the oil. The average life of the tree of Palo Santo is between 80 and 90 years, but because of over-harvesting, only tree branches that have fallen naturally to the ground are used for the distillation of this oil. The natives in Ecuador have used it to perfume their homes. It was also used in rituals by shamans. Palo santo is known as “Holy Wood” by the indigenous peoples of the Amanzonian region. Since ancient times they have used this sacred wood to soothe and calm the spirit and rid their homes of negative energy. It has often been used in Ayahuasca ceremonies.