Palo Santo Resin-Sustainably Harvested-For Incense & Perfume-Bursera Graveolens-Peru-With a beautiful sweet aroma

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Palo Santo Resin-Peru. Collected sustainably from the ground! No trees were cut, tapped, damaged or harmed in any way.

This sweet-smelling natural tree resin burns with a beautiful, candy-sweet, uplifting aroma.

Burn on a charcoal disc, (, or an electric incense heater.

Palo Santo is often used to cleanse a space energetically and to prepare it for meditation or energetic/magical/spiritual work.
It is a wonderful material for loose incense blends, cones and sticks lending aromatic creations a unique sweet element.

Below, is the very best description I know of Palo Santo and I admire the author greatly. If you have an opportunity to take one of his online incense courses you will come out enlightened and enriched in ways you can not now imagine.

Borrowed from the Listening To Incense Program/Northwest school of aromatic medicine.
For the full article and to learn more about courses visit

Palo Santo (Holy Wood) has been used throughout Central America and many northern territories of South America for thousands of years for purification and cleansing of the physical, energetic, and spiritual realms. Its uses are as numerous as the tribes and cultures that call on this sacred tree’s healing and spiritual powers. Its warm, delicately sweet and woodsy aroma that fills people with a sense of peace and tranquility, its powerful presence in ceremonies and spiritual practices, and its vast physical healing powers have sparked much interest in this sacred incense material around the world, giving rise to the popularity of this wise ancient tree.

The heavily essential oil-saturated wood of the Palo Santo tree is found to contain around 112 chemical compounds which make it a strong antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and insecticide, helping people overcome many sicknesses, colds, allergies, headaches, rheumatic pain, skin infections, and much more. Traditionally it is used as a mosquito repellant in coastal areas and as an air cleanser in the presence of the sick. But perhaps the most important compound found in its smoke, limonene (62.88%) is said to have chemotherapeutic properties and has also made Palo Santo a very effective treatment for depression, anxiety, and stress.

Palo Santo creates a pleasant, fresh-smelling smoke with hints of mint and citrus. Its uplifting scent raises vibrations in preparation for meditation and ceremony and allows for a deepening of spiritual connections. When people get a first whiff of Palo Santo smoke, they tend to sit up straighter, their eyes widening. The aroma of this tree seems to often give people a feeling of something ancient, sacred, just beyond their grasp. I tend to describe the feeling it generates within as an ancient ceremonial energy.

In a spiritual sense, Palo Santo is a strong ally to many medicine people, shamans, and healers. It is used to cleanse homes of negative spirits and energies, attract good fortune, communicate with the spirit world, in smudging rituals, as an aid in meditation, clearing the mind and sharpening awareness, and much more. Native cultures say that the spirits of Palo Santo trees materialize themselves in the oil and are responsible for its potency and healing qualities.

According to folk legend, when the world was in its embryonic phase and there were very few human beings, Cosokait, the most handsome and virtuous of men fell in love with a young maid. The young girl didn’t reciprocate his feelings and sadness made him seriously ill. On his deathbed, he called for the young woman several times to see her one last time, but she never came. “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…” After these words, he was consumed by fever and died invoking her name. Where he was buried, a tree grew. Its wood had a soft fragrance. When it was burned it would release a deep, sweet aroma. It was the Palo Santo tree, the symbol of love and kindness. For its elevated value and nobility, the Toba people consider Palo Santo a sacred tree and call it Cosakait in honor of this legend.

While the growth of the tree is slow owing to hibernation in the dry season, it may live up to 90 years. It is important to note, however, that the wood of Palo Santo is of no use unless the tree has died of natural causes. As if protected by unseen magical forces, when a live tree is cut by human hands, its precious oils will not properly produce. A dead or fallen Palo Santo tree requires at least three years of a natural, alchemical process of decomposition before it fully releases it’s precious oil.

As Palo Santo grows in popularity, its natural populations become more and more strained. Greed and survival lead some harvesters and illegal poachers to overlook traditional harvesting methods. Live trees are cut, too much wood is taken from trees, and irreversible damage is often done. There are many governments in South America doing their part to protect these precious populations. There are also sustainability groups that offer their protection and help to plant new trees in reserves. Regardless, populations are still at risk. It is up to all of us, the consumers and suppliers of this wood, to do our part by knowing our sources. We must always be sure we are not causing harm, but supporting and promoting traditional sustainable efforts and harvesting methods.

Article By – Evan Sylliaasen

© 2020 The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine. All Rights Reserved.

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Crystal 07 Apr, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing quality! I burn this everyday

PIXELBYPIXEL . 06 Mar, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

They’re all really nice! Great smelling, elemi reminds me of the breu bronco of Brazil, breu bronco is musty tho, and elemi can be used like if you clean with fabuloso , it’s strong like that, that soft ones of palo santo smell just like the wood when it’s burned! And the labdanum is Definitely in a base note of amber resin! Very nice, and the cópal negro from Peru smells great and smells just like cópal never from Mexico, no changes 👍

Maya Inoxia 23 Mar, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I often heat palo santo wood on mica plates for its beautiful aroma, it is my favourite incense, and i find myself hoarding the precious stuff away. This resin allows more potency into that experience, and you do not need much. I also appreciate that this resin is collected from the ground.

roslyn 13 Apr, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Wow, all I have to do is hold the palo santo resin and my energy shifts immediately to a much more expanded and I can even say blissful space. I thought it was just me because I'm so sensitive to energy but my husband who is not that sensitive held it as well and his jaw literally dropped! Amazing healing resin of extraordinary quality!! Thank you Dan!!!