Monday, April 19, 2010
Burnt Offerings - Palo Santo
Palo Santo ( Burseara Graveolens) known as "Holy Wood/Tree/Stick" .
A highly aromatic wood used by the indigenous people of the Andes for centuries. A close relative to the frankincense and myrrh bushes with a hint of sandalwood and an indescribable clean scent that permeates the air whether smoldering or not.
Used as a spiritual remedy for purifying, cleansing, to remove evil spirits and misfortune.
Medicinally used as an insect repellent, for colds, asthma, stress, anxiety, migraine, dermatitis and arthritis.
Palo Santo is a protected species in South America and the harvest is monitored by the government. Naturally fallen branches lie dead on the ground for 4-10 years before they are harvested. This creates a limited supply and a higher price so use in a sacred way, a little truly goes a long way.
If I have this sacred wood on hand, I use it to clear space before doing a reading.
If you'd like to try it out for yourself, click the picture above and add Palo Santo to your witchy cupboard.