Palo Santo ('Holy Wood') has only been on my radar for a few months - like a serendipitous stranger it snuck up so sweetly, I invited it to stay.
It was first pointed out to my partner and I while watching a music documentary in which T Bone Burnett was seen wafting it through the studio sessions. Curious of it's name, I asked around, but nobody knew. A few months later, while on Willie Nelson's Ranch, we were drawn into one of the buildings and low and behold there it was. With one inhalation of it's sweet scent, we were instantly converted to one of it's disciples.
Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America and has been used by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes for centuries. It is used for energy cleansing and healing in a similar way to Sage and is often used by shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies such as Ayahuasca.
The smoke omitted from this natural aromatic wood enhances creativity and prepares you for meditation, it is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and emotional pain. It also has the added bonus of keeping away mosquitoes!
It is sustainably wild harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years. The wood comes from naturally fallen tree branches which lie dead for 4-10 years before they are harvested.
Unlike incense, Palo Santo can be re-lit numerous times and can be burnt or simmered in hot water and drank as tea, which can be great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness.
Even in it's natural state it has a beautiful smell which can fill a room with wafts of wonders.
Since finding it at Willie Nelson's ranch, we looked for and eventually found a supplier so Leotie Lovely could spread the gospel that's been so good to us, which we wrapped in friendship bracelets (for barbie sized wrists), with Love, for you. http://www.leotielovely.com/product/palo-santo