Palo Santo, a native tree for the Amazon, is otherwise called the “Holy Tree.”
And for good reason.
Like white sage, Palo Santo is used for cleaning up bad energy. Palo Santo is one of the most intensely fragrant trees in the world. Its smell is the opposite of what you would expect from a smoke scent. It is intriguing – the sacred tree belongs to the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. This characteristic smell helps to calm down and obtain a state of deeper focus.
Ritualistic burning of Palo Santo dates back to the time of the Inca Empire, where it was used during spiritual ceremonies and as a kind of folk medicine. Today, almost 500 years later, Palo Santo is still used in Central and South American communities by shamans and healers who believe in its power to clean the aura, increase the flow of good energy and protect against bad vibrations, and use it during various ceremonies and rituals.
Palo Santo is traditionally used as a natural remedy for colds and flu, as well as stress symptoms. It also soothes asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression and reduces inflammation. Known for its calming effect, it also supports the immune and nervous systems, which helps to recover faster.
Like Sage, Palo Santo is most often used for spiritual cleansing and balancing energy. The smoke of this plant removes negative energy, restores peace and balances emotions. Burning the Holy Tree creates an uplifting, pleasant, fresh smoke. It is also said that this fragrance increases creativity.
Palo Santo is also burned to relax and connect with yourself on a deeper level. Its earthy, sweet and citrus scent literally changes energy in every room, prompting reflection and focus.
yoga & meditation
Palo Santo is also often burned before or during a meditation practice. The uplifting scent makes the perfect partner for meditation, yoga or breathwork. Raise your vibrations and discover peace and grounding, entering into a deeper connection with Earth and your inner consciousness.
The energy of your crystal can be overloaded and weakened just like yours. So remember to clean the crystals periodically to get the most out of your crystals. The first cleaning should take place immediately after buying the stone, so as to clean it from the accumulated energy before it came into your hands. Embedding crystals is a beautiful way to maintain their true power.
The symptoms and causes of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders are complex. Burning Palo Santo alone will not solve these problems, but creating a ritual integrated with a broader treatment plan will definitely bring some relief. By releasing the calming scent of Palo Santo in your surroundings, you will create a feeling of relaxation and deeper peace.
Smudging in the summer offers the added benefit of mosquito repellent in a natural, harmless way. Palo Santo contains oils and aromatic resins that effectively repel insects, without the need for aggressive chemicals.
Hold your smudge stick at a 45-degree angle, then light it. Wait for it to light up, and after a moment blow it out. Direct the smoke to the places you want to clean or let the incense smolder in a suitable container. Palo Santo often has to be re-ignited during burning.
When you smudge your home, it’s best to start from the front door and from there move around the house. With your intention in mind, focus on the corners of each room where energy tends to stagnate.
Ultimately, the significance of Palo Santo is much greater than being the next trend or an intriguing fragrance, and that’s how it should be treated – with respect for its mysticism, properties and the culture it comes from.