NB: Palo Santo tree unlike many other sources this product is naturally dried and heavy in its own resin, sometimes showing sparkles of the sap dried in the wood.
Fragrance Variations - The incense can smell slightly different from batch to batch this will be due to the nature of the part of the tree that has been cut and used. Imagine newer smaller branches rather than older tighter knots of the tree. Although the aroma may vary slightly it is still the same vibration.
Health and Safety: Always use incense in well ventilated areas using a heat proof dish. Keep out of reach from children, any sensitivity seek a medical professional help. Smell sensitivity can be elevated in some individuals, for example in pregnancy.
Our Palo santo Wood incense and 100% Essential Oil are purchased from a sustainable managed plantations in South America. The incense wood that is wild harvested is from naturally downed trees. The plantation has a thriving local economy that works with its natural surroundings and community. It has an extensive re-forestry program putting back more than what is harvested every year. What this means is that a tree grows naturally until its end of life, usually 10-20 years upwards, sacred trees can not be removed until they have rested on the forest floor for several years, the tree can only be harvested after dying a natural death. The sacred tree's essence naturally cleanses the area that it rests clearing the way for new trees to grow.
What is Palo Santo; Palo Santo incense sometimes known as Holy Wood incense; comes from the palo santo tree 'Busera graveolens'. It is a type of resinous wood dried naturally or some times kiln dried before being: Cut into incense sticks, Ground to make incense cones, Cold water distilled to extract Pure Essential oil and resin that in turn makes gum resin incense.
The tree is honoured, sustainably and ethically wild harvested. The re-planting and reforestation program extensive as this is extremely important for the the local villages and existence for future generations.
Palo Santo Benefits, Uses, Precautions, and How to Use?
Palo santo is a highly resinous wood incense. The appearance can change depending on the time, method and part of the tree the incense came from and how it was dried. Typically, the wood incense sticks are used in rituals and ceremony to cleanse away negative energies and spirits.
The incense sticks are lit. The desired effect will depend on the style and purpose by an individual. Typically the end is lit until it catches a-lite deeply. It will burn black initially. When the incense end is blown out, the incense turns to a white healing smoke.
Some shamans leave this lit and other re-lilting as required in a ceremony.
Palo santo wood due to it's natural resin finish, normally self extinguishes when left in a heat proof smudge bowl. How ever dabbing the end will help extinguish it quickly if this is rather desired than the slow smoulder to fully extinguished. Alternatively place in water.
Keep away from a direct flames.
PALO SANTO: USES, BENEFITS AND HOW TO USE IT
NB: Caution & Safe Practice - Incense care and attention is important at all times. All incense should be used in open well ventilated areas. Never in direct wind, using a heat proof smudge bowl. Water and a method to extinguish should be available. Never inhale smoke. Seek advice if in any doubt to the use and methods by an appropriate professional.
The use of incense may differ to each individual and is generally used in holistic spiritual clearings and cleansing practices.
Why is Palo Santo problematic? Palo Santo has been added to the Convention on International Trade's Endangered Species List due to the increased demand. This tree requires proper harvesting methods, which includes allowing the trees to die naturally and laying them on the forest floor. All our Palo Santo comes from ethical and sustainable plantations that care and preserve the future of this popular incense. The word organic is tricky. Plantations tend to not desire to pay for these style of licence to proof what is natural to them.
How to use Palo Santo Incense; Palo Santo is used in a variety of ways, the incense sticks are burned and used as a smudge stick, the resin is used combined with a charcoal incense disc, the essential oil is used for it purifying, cleansing and antiseptic qualities that are said to repel insects thus using as a insect repellent or used in creams or lotions due to it's anti inflammatory properties.
Palo Santo and Water;
Palo Santo placed in water can help extinguish a lit piece. However it can help revive and freshen the wood. Simply place in spring water. The length varies
Should you burn Palo Santo? Is Palo Santo Bad for you and should you inhale it?
Palo Santo is widely revered for it's cleansing, purifying and healing abilities. Widely used as an incense stick which is burned. Essential oil that is in it's pure form and resin like oil gum. Like any incense precautions should be taken and it should never be in-hailed. Good safe incense practices should apply as too all incenses. Well ventilated areas when using the incense as a smudge stick.
Fragrance: The palo santo fragrance is a strong citrus woodsy scent. The after smell is an aromatic that is left once the incense has extinguished.
Palo Santo (Burseara graveolens) "Holy Sacred Wood" related to the same plant family as Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal.
This Sacred Wood has been traditionally used for centuries by the Inca, Shaman and Indigenous people of the Andes across South America for its unique qualities.
A mystical tree: The Palo Santo Tree is found in South America, Central and South Coast of America in the Amazon Rain-Forest, a rich fragrant woody citrus aroma with Pine, Lemon and Mint tones which fills the air weather lit or not with a powerful, uplifting scent raising the vibration and mood wherever it is used. Traditionally it was used to appease the Gods and cleanse spirits, widely used for plant-medicine ceremonies, warding off heavy unwanted energies, purifying and cleansing any space or individual whilst creating a protective sacred space enhancing creativity and bringing good fortune to those that believe in its magic!
USE- Use a heat resistant incense holder/burner. Set a clear intention. Lite the tip of the wood using a naked flame, carefully blow out the flame, once you can see embers allow the sacred smoke to smoulder and move to where it is needed. Palo Santo wood will burn itself out naturally so will need re-lighting if needed for longer usage.
Never leave unattended.
Suggestions for use- Using this sacred incense wood to smudge with you can either place it into a Palo Santo incense holder fit for purpose for ritual and ceremonial work. Using your hand or a feather to gently guide the smoke to cleanse and purify wherever the smoke needs to go this can be done in prayer, chanting or in silence. A wonderful way to clear and bring back balance with this beautiful ceremonial incense. Palo Santo is not like other incenses, it will burn for shorter durations so re-lite as needed.
NB: Ash will drop so its important to place on a heat resistant dish so not to incur damage. Areas must be well vented opening windows and doors to also allow negative energies to move away. Keep out of reach of children. When you have finished using make sure the wood stick is completely burned out.
Sustainability: The plantations we work with are clear about their ethics and integrity of the products that are Wild Harvested, apart of this sustainability is working ecologically with the area of natural interest.
Ecology: The re-ecology and re-forestation program is such that future generations are protected.
Palo Santo Incense Information: In 2006, Peru placed Bursera graveolens under protection, prohibiting the cutting of live trees and allowing only for the collection of naturally fallen or dead trees”. This regulation ensures that Palo Santo wood sourced from Peru has been harvested through sustainable and ethical means.
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