Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)-


Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)The “Holy Wood” tree has been used by Curanderos, shaman and healers of the Inca and other indigenous communities for centuries.  Although it is native to South America, it has reached a height of popularity with Western and other cultures recently.  It is used in the same way that Native Americans have used white sage, to cleanse the air, spaces and beings of bad energies and evil misfortunes. It even helps to keep away insects.  When the tree dies naturally an alchemical process takes place.  After resting in a cathartic state in its natural habitat for a period of 4 to 10 years, a metamorphosis occurs in which the wood becomes infused with powerful medicinal, mystical and sacred properties.  For this reason and with respect to the legend of the tree only naturally fallen and ethically harvested trees should be used.


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The Legend of Palo Santo: The Palo Santo tree is thought to be a symbol of love, kindness, and longing. This unique symbolism is derived from the legend of Cosokait. It has been told that during the earliest stage of human existence the most handsome and virtuous man, Cosokait, was plagued by the unrequited love of a fair maiden. His love for her was so deep that it consumed the lifeblood of his physical existence. As he lay dying, he called for his love but, she never arrived. With his dying breath, he spoke these words: “Please tell her that I don’t want to die, but Yago (God) is taking my life away. I’ll be always with her, I will ornate her head with perfumed flowers. I will frighten insects away from her. I will give fragrance to the water that her lips drink. I will go to heaven in the aromatic smoke during the NAREG ceremony. And I will be wherever she is and will give her whatever she asks for…”. From his grave sprouted the Palo Santo tree. (Taos Herb Company)

Indigenous tribes have also used Palo Santo for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.  It is said to help migraines, headaches, allergies, asthma, stress, anxiety, depression, seasickness, and arthritis. A tea can be made to aid in the relief of flu, cough, and asthma by boiling sticks for 15 minutes and sweetening with sugar or honey.

This Palo Santo is ethically harvested, utilizing properly aged wood from trees that have already fallen rather than were cut prematurely.


Spiritual Uses: promotes relaxation during meditation, clear energies, and purifies the air of bad energies.

Medicinal Actions: antiseptic, mild sedative, anti-rheumatic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary

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