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Palo Santo, Holy Wood or Sacred Wood in English, is a resinated wood originating mainly from the Andes. However, it is popular worldwide and known for its magical, purifying, and relaxing properties.
But what exactly is it? What are its uses? And finally, how to burn Palo Santo? Learn in this post!
What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo is a natural wood-shaped incense. Its formation is totally natural, it does not require human intervention. Therefore it is free of toxins.
The “Bursera graveolens” tree, native to the west coast of South and Central America, is the “producer” of this wonderful natural incense. After naturally dying and falling, the resin we know is collected from it.
It is common to find this resin sold in stores in small sticks to be lit and used in healing and purification rituals and also to relieve stress.
By lighting the tip of one of them, it burns and releases its properties through its white smoke. Moments later it naturally puts out.
If you wish, you can light the stick again or save for later use. Because of this, a single stick can be used several times.
Therefore, Palo Santo is an excellent option that can be used in conjunction with “normal” incense sticks – preferably natural ones – or alone.
Palo Santo usage
Palo Santo has several benefits and it can be used for:
- Purifying the environment and cleaning negative energies;
- Calming the mind and relaxing the body;
- Assisting in meditation;
- Clearing the respiratory tract;
- Flying mosquitoes away (YES!).
If you feel that your house or any room in your house is heavy, you can simply light it up and spread its smoke in this room.
However, bad energies come and go. To prevent negative energies from accumulating again, you can follow one or more of these 10 simple spells to protect your home.
Before meditating you can also light a Palo Santo. In addition to calming your mind and body, its scent will help you to enter the meditative state.
If you suffer from breathing problems, its smoke will also help you. It has anti-congestive properties.
I burn it virtually every day. In addition to the properties mentioned above, it is also a great insect repellent. Burning some before going to bed helps us get a night of better sleep and it also protects us from these demons who try to suck our blood.
In scientific terms, some of the components that make up this resin are:
How to burn Palo Santo?
There are 2 ways to use and burn Palo Santo. Below you will find a video in which I teach these 2 ways and after the video, you will find the written instructions:
Tempo necessário: 5 minutos.
Steps 1 through 4 describe the most traditional method. Steps 5-8 describe another method that I think is better.
- Set one end of the stick on fire and wait for it to start burning.
Some traditions, such as Inca, suggest using a flame that is as natural as possible. Therefore, instead of lighting directly with a lighter or match, it is better to light a candle and place the tip of the stick in the flame of this candle.
- Let the tip burn for a few seconds or a minute.
Let the tip burn for a while. Just watch it.
- Shake to erase.
When you notice that the flame has burned enough, shake the stick until it goes out. This will release a white smoke.
- Spread the smoke around the room.
Ready! Now just spread the smoke around the room or the entire house. The stick will put out naturally. If you wish, just relight it by repeating steps 1 through 3. You can also save it for use on another occasion.
- Method 2 – Prepare an incense burner, small Palo Santo chips, a candle and a charcoal disc
This method is similar to the method of burning aromatic resins and dehydrated herbs for rituals.
- Place small chips of Palo Santo over the lit charcoal disc
Light a charcoal disc in a candle flame, place it inside an incense burner, and place the chips on the burning disc.
- Let the chips burn and enjoy the energy
You don’t have to keep looking at the resing burning. After placing it on the burning charcoal disc, just leave it there and it will burn slowly and burn completely. If any parts are left to burn, simply turn them over the charcoal disc.
- Take this chance to harmonize the environment for a long time
Unlike Method 1, this method causes small chips to burn much longer, releasing more smoke for more time.
Where to buy Palo Santo?
Before buying Palo Santo, make sure that the seller or brand is offering the real product.
For example, in Rio de Janeiro I once bought a bag. When I lit it at home, it burned completely and the smoke was black. They sold me some piece of mint-smelling wood (?).
Therefore, try to know its origin.
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If you wish to use the second method and you don’t have the materials, here they are:
So this is Palo Santo, used for centuries by shamans and healers in the Americas. Do you already use it? Will you start using it now? Tell me your story in the comments below! I answer all!
Thank you and let the Goddess guide you!
I’m Daniel, Pagan and Witch. I created Santuário Lunar to help spreading the Goddess’s magic and her manifestations. I also created Trismegistia to offer pagan music with New Age style.