Description: This now protected tree has been used since ancient times by the Incas as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing. It is said to cleanse a space of negative energies.
Palo Santo wood is harvested under Peruvian government supervision by the indigenous people of their jungles. Palo Santo trees often drop their twigs and branches and the wood is collected from the ground. It is now prohibited to destroy any trees in the collection of the wood.
Synonyms: Holy wood, Bulnesia sarmienti
Origin: South America; most notably the tropical forests of Peru
Parts Used: wood
Aroma Description: warm, delicately sweet, rosy-woodsy
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: once a flavoring for the food industry
Medicinal Attributes: bitter, antiseptic, used to reduce tension, inflammation and to control convulsions. Treats acne, wounds and dermatitis
Element Association: Air
Magical Associations: Luck
Planetary Association: Mercury
Aromatic Note: Base to Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, a steam distilled essential oil is made, though very difficult to find.
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