What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo commonly referred to as “holy wood”, is a species of tree that is native to South America. The wood is burned for its cleansing and medicinal properties.
Indigenous people have used Palo Santo for centuries for spiritual purification, energy clearing, and healing. The smoke from the burning wood is said to cleanse negative energy and restore balance. Palo Santo is often used in shamanic rituals and ceremonies.
The benefits of Palo Santo are not just limited to spiritual cleansing. The smoke from the burning wood is also thought to have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antiseptic properties. Inhaling the smoke from Palo Santo sticks can help clear congestion and relieve cold symptoms. The oil from the tree’s bark can be applied topically to heal wounds and relieve pain. Palo Santo is native to Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. The tree grows in the coastal regions of South America, where the climate is warm and humid. Palo Santo trees are often found on rocky hillsides and in dry riverbeds.
Palo Santo uses and benefits
The benefits of Palo Santo, regardless of whether it is used as an incense or essential oil, include:
Concentrated source of antioxidants
Palo Santo oil contains a powerful combination of phytochemicals and antioxidants known as terpenes. This helps fight the effects of free radicals, relieves stomach discomfort, reduces arthritis pain, and heals a variety of ailments.
In particular, it has gained attention for its potential as a treatment for cancer and other inflammatory disorders.
Among the major active constituents of steam-distilled Palo Santo essential oil is α-terpineol (11 percent), limonene (89.33 percent), menthofuran (6.6 percent), carvone (2 percent), and limonene (89.33 percent). Additionally, muurolene, germacrene D, and pulegone are beneficial compounds occurring in small amounts.
A de-stressing and relaxing agent
Since Palo Santo and frankincense are natural anxiety relievers, they are regarded as grounding and calming oils.
The scent of Palo Santo is immediately transmitted to the brain’s olfactory system when inhaled. By stimulating the relaxation response in the body, it can reduce anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia.
Smudging your home with Palo Santo requires burning a small amount of wood. This is intended to enhance the energy in your environment.
To help you sleep more easily, you can rub a few drops of this oil with carrier oil, like coconut oil, on your scalp, collarbone, upper back, and spinal cord. A combination of Palo Santo and bergamot oil, lavender oil, or frankincense oil can also provide soothing effects.
Treatment of headaches
Palo Santo is known to help combat migraine headaches as well as headaches associated with stress and mood swings by lowering inflammation and increasing blood flow. These are both useful in eliminating pain perception.
You can mix a few drops of the oil with water and diffuse the vapours whenever you experience a headache for an instant headache remedy. If you prefer, you may rub Palo Santo combined with coconut oil on your forehead and behind your head to relieve tension.
Cold or flu treatment
There are many different ways to use Palo Santo for cold or flu treatment. One way is to make tea with the bark of the tree. This tea can help to reduce fever and relieve congestion. Another way to use Palo Santo is to burn the wood in a room where someone is sick. The smoke from the burning Palo Santo sticks can help to clear congestion and purify the air.
Palo Santo is an effective treatment for colds and flu because it helps to reduce fever, clear congestion, and purify the air.
Repellent for bugs and mosquitoes
The oil from the tree has a strong scent that repels mosquitoes and other insects. It also has many other benefits and uses. Palo Santo oil can also be used as an insect repellent simply by applying it to the skin. It can also be burned in a diffuser to keep mosquitoes away from an area. The oil can also be added to lotions and soaps for extra protection against mosquitoes.
At karma living, we have vast selection of premium palo santo sticks available to buy online and ready for immediate shipping across Australia wide. It can be used for smudging, energy cleansing, and aromatherapy. Palo Santo can also be used to make DIY household cleaners and mosquito repellents. Palo Santo can be a powerful ally in your self-care routine when used correctly.