Palo Santo is one of the simplest and most versatile ways to remove negative energy from a space, object, or person. The uplifting and pleasantly aromatic smoke enhances the vibration of any space, facilitates inner-creativity, and attracts positive energy.
Spanish for “holy wood”, Palo Santo is a sacred tree which grows in select parts of South America. It has been used for centuries by shamans in ritual prayer, ceremonies and healing. Tracing back to the Incan Empire, it had a prevalent place in native ritualistic medicine, preferred by shamans and healers for it’s metaphysical properties of purification and clearing negative energies.
Rich in brain-oxygenating terpenes such as limonene and a-terpineol, Palo Santo has an uplifting and positive effect. It cleanses a person’s energy field, thereby enhancing their ability to deflect and repel negative energies as well as raising your positive vibrations in preparation for meditation. It’s also been known for it’s grounding and focusing effect which can enhance creativity, productivity and increase good fortune.
Going away from the energy side of things, Palo Santo’s also proven to be an effective natural alternative to insect repellant. Additionally it smells incredible, and can be used instead of scented candles or essential oils.
How to use:
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick. Then hold it at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down towards the flame. Allow the stick to burn for about 30 seconds and then blow it out. From there you can either place the stick in an incense burner and leave to smoulder, or you can use it for smudging / clearing a space, object, or person.
If you are going to meditate, you can burn some Palo Santo in an incense burner before your practice. This will help prepare your energy and mind for meditation and allow you to more easily connect with your practice.
Tips on smudging / clearing:
Smudging is the ritual of cleaning the energy of a physical space, object or person. First you start with a clear and simple intention of focusing on clearing the negative energy out of your space and mind. Once you have your intention clearly in mind, light the Palo Santo stick as per instructions above.
Then walk around the room, space, object or person, fanning the smoke over it’s entirety, whilst focusing on cleansing and clearing negative energy. Palo Santo will smoulder and release smoke for a few minutes and may need to be re-light a few times throughout the ritual, depending on the size of the area or object you are cleansing.
Once you’ve finished smudging and removed the negative energy, you must push positive energy into the space to maintain balance. To do this, declare your intention to do so out loud or silently in your head. You can add specific positive energy if desired like joy, creativity, laughter, or passion.
**All of our Palo Santo sticks are cut from the heartwood of naturally fallen trees, sustainably-sourced & ethically wildcrafted from Peru.