I use cleansing smoke in all my ceremonies and daily at home to cleanse space. Palo Santo is a wonderful element to use and not just to cleanse the space. It’s different from sage and has been used by many cultures for thousands of years in many regions of the earth. Most people think it’s not eco-friendly to burn wood, but in this blog, you will discover why this wood is different and why we need to live a life of sacred practices and spaces.
History of Palo Santo
Palo Santo, a name now more popular in medicine than in history. A sacred tree used by Shaman’s and in ancestral medicinal practices, known to have cleansing and healing properties.
It is used in meditation for creating a deeper bond with yourself and the earth. The Shaman of Peru used to burn Palo Santo to ward off evil spirits, thoughts and misfortune with its aroma.
You can use it simply by putting a positive intention into the smoke and then cleansing your space with it’s subtle yet fruity wooden smell.
Why It’s Eco-Friendly
It’s a fascinating story that the wood and essential oils can only be extracted after +2 years the natural death of the tree.
The tree does not only have medicinal properties if it is harvested any other way. A magical tree that is going to help you in ways you might not have imagined. Harvested only from the naturally fallen Palo Santo tree, the essential oils are environmentally friendly, following the natural process.
My love of Palo Santo
I use it to set an intention during my meditation practice and to also clear my space when serving tea.
It’s so important that we start to respect nature and all that she offers us. Whenever I use this for cleansing and setting an intention for myself or client I also say a prayer of gratitude for how far it’s travelled and to the spirit of the tree.
Because of our modern world where we can pretty much get anything from anywhere delivered to our door, we can also sometimes forget the sacredness of everything. For me, holding ceremony helps me too as my tea teacher says “remember to remember”. This can be as simple as thanking each day and focusing on our hearts for 10 seconds smiling to it.
Next time you decided to light some incense with palo santo, say a little prayer and make a beautiful space to light it. Slow down and watch the smoke as it dances, feel the love of the earth coming from it.
Why Cleanse With Smoke?
The smoke of Palo Santo is used to clear your space of any negative energy. By burning your stick for about a minute, a rich aura of peace and clarity will fill the room and you will feel the calm in a matter of seconds.
1. Health Benefits
Palo Santo essential oil is known to have many health benefits. Healing of the common colds, flu, headaches, stress and depression is widespread.
The aroma of the smoke enriches the person with a calming effect, the immune and nervous system get the soothing benefits and heal faster. It is also known to help with inflammation and with cancer patients.
2. Spiritual Benefits
The essential oils of Palo Santo not only have health benefits but also helps spiritually. Its fragrance stimulates the brain and the person connects with his inner self, experiencing calm and peace in one’s mind and soul.
Some people believe it has the ability to help a person with anxiety and depression. Works like a relaxant and a purifier which has worked for many people.
3. How is it better than Cleansing with Sage?
Palo Santo has an excellent relaxing fragrance which is a lot better than sage. While white sage has been used for clearing negative energy, it is not so favourable when it comes to smell.
Palo Santo is preferred by most people because of the aroma and the positive effects it has on people. It also burns better and lasts longer than sage. This sweet fragrance of Palo Santo does wonders for the mind and body that many of us need.
Recipe for Palo Santo Tea
It might sound weird to flavour your tea with wood, but I love it and the taste. With benefits which boost the immune, Palo Santo tea is perfect. It can be easily made in only a few steps and you don’t need much as it’s very powerful and strong in flavour.
- Take a stick of Palo Santo and shave off little bits of wood
- Place 1 teaspoons of shavings into 1-2 cups of hot water
- Depending on how strong you like it leave it to sit for +10 mins
- For a stronger flavour add more shavings
- Pour through a strainer or you can brew in a tea infuser
- Add a little of your favourite sweetener if needed – honey is pretty good
- Enjoy and set your good intentions for yourself in every cup
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Palo Santo Essential Oil
So the amazing benefit of this tree doesn’t stop there as it also comes as an essential oil.
The essential oil is distilled from the heartwood of the Palo Santo tree. The heartwood must be at least two years old and be from the red wood to produce the higher quality oil. Beware as there are lots of essential oils on the market that are not made in a sacred way to honour the plant. Also, no surprise that the longer the tree has been dead, the more powerful the oil. Interestingly this is also true for the highly valued frankincense essential oil.
Due to everyone wanting these types of oils, trees are being harvested and grown in not os nice ways. You don’t need to use much to gain the benefits of essential oils and less is more as they are powerful if you connect and honour them correctly. Again this is simple, just use them mindfully and say a little prayer of love and gratitude for the plant that is giving you energy and well being.
This oil will ground and release negative emotions such as anger, fear and negativity. Diffuse it in your home or use a few drops with some sprint water and crystals to make a cleansing spray. I like to use it in my tea ceremonies and during meditation.