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Palo Santo Essential Oil

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100% Pure & Natural Palo Santo Essential Oil

Botanical Name: bursera graveolens

Our Palo Santo Essential Oil is steam distilled from the wood of the Palo Santo tree. This tree is native to South America, primarily found in regions such as Ecuador, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands. "Palo Santo" translates to "Holy Wood" in Spanish, and it has been revered for centuries for its spiritual and medicinal properties. In recent years, Palo Santo has gained popularity worldwide for its aromatic and therapeutic benefits. The essential oil is now commonly used in various holistic practices, including aromatherapy, energy healing, and natural medicine.

Palo Santo Essential Oil holds a rich cultural and spiritual significance, along with potential health benefits, making it a valuable addition to your aromatherapy tool box and wellness practices. However, it's essential to use it responsibly and with respect for its cultural heritage and ecological sustainability.

Uses of Palo Santo Essential Oil

  • Aromatherapy & Diffusion - Palo Santo Essential Oil is widely used in aromatherapy for its calming and grounding effects on the mind and emotions. It is believed to alleviate the feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression while promoting a sense of inner peace and clarity.
  • Spiritual Rituals - Palo Santo wood and oil is often used for smudging rituals to clear negative energy, purify the atmosphere, and enhance spiritual awareness during meditation or prayer. it is also often used during yoga sessions and other meditative activities.
  • Skin Care - Palo Santo oil may be added to skincare products as its believed to help with the appearance of acne, skin redness, and other skin conditions, while promoting a healthy complexion. Remember to patch test when introducing it to your regime.
  • Body Care - This oil is long been used to soothe muscle aches, joint pain, and inflammation. Add drops to a carrier, such as Massage Oil Unscented for a healthful massage. 
  • Often used as an insect repellant, Palo Santo chases ants, mosquitos, termites, and flies away.
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History and Background

Palo Santo has been an integral part of indigenous cultures in South America for centuries. Shamans and healers traditionally burned Palo Santo wood for its aromatic and medicinal properties during ceremonies, rituals, and healing sessions. The wood itself was considered sacred by indigenous tribes such as the Inca, Quechua, and Chimu civilizations. It was burned in religious ceremonies, purification rituals, and offerings to the gods.

Physical Description

Palo Santo Essential Oil is pale yellow.

Aromatic Description

Considered a base note, it has a uniquely sweet, woody, and slightly citrusy fragrance with hints of mint and Frankincense. The aroma is often described as grounding, uplifting, and spiritually cleansing.

Biological Makeup and Components

The essential oil contains various compounds, including limonene, alpha-terpineol, and menthofuran, which contribute to its therapeutic properties.

Extraction Technique

Palo Santo Essential Oil is typically extracted through steam distillation of the heartwood and branches of the tree. This tree is considered holy and it must never be cut down. Wood used in distillation or burning comes from fallen branches and trees that have died naturally. The dead trees and branches age before being used.

Information for Aromatherapists

Palo Santo is a base note. Blends well with Clove Bud, Lavender, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Frankincense, Amyris, Cinnamon, Bergamot and other citrus oils.

Our Palo Santo Essential Oil is 100% pure and natural. It is free of any chemicals, pesticides, synthetic perfumes, fillers, or carrier oils.

  • Non-toxic, non-irritant except in concentration.
  • Avoid during pregnancy or while breast feeding.
  • Avoid use in children under 1 year old and then no more than a 1% strength.
  • If you have epilepsy, fever, heart disease, cancer, liver issues, or any other serious illness, we strongly suggest you consult a medical professional prior to using Palo Santo Essential Oil.
  • Always keep Palo Santo Essential Oil out of reach of children.
  • Keep this oil tightly closed and in room temperature or cooler spot.
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