Palo Santo- The Sacred Wood
Every country has its botanical treasures, the greatest of which are so important to the society that they become pillars of the culture. Palo Santo is one such medicine. Available to us as Palo Santo essential oil or Palo Santo wood chips, it's healing powers are so numerous that it has served as a panacea for areas of South America for centuries. Its use in sacred ritual is so powerful that it is an essential tool for Shamans and Saints alike. And its aroma is so incredible that it stands among the greatest of the world's fragrant woods. Because of the extraordinary blessings it bestows upon those who have the good fortune use it, over time, plant-medicines such as Palo Santo reach divine-like status in the hearts and minds of the people.
Palo Santo means 'holy wood' or 'sacred tree' and is an aromatic tree endemic to the Galapagos Islands. The most well known way of using Palo Santo wood is burning it as incense. However, perhaps the most powerful way of accessing its healing potency is through using Palo Santo essential oil. The Palo Santo essential oil is acquired through steam distillation of the wood. In addition to the essential oil, the distillation process yields a valuable, fragrant and medicinal water known as hydrosol. Floracopeia is proud to announce the addition of Palo Santo hydrosol to our collection of botanical treasures. It is also very important to note that Palo Santo is now an endangered species. Floracopeia's Palo Santo is harvested from a sustainable source and for every liter of Palo Santo oil we sell, 150 Palo Santo trees are planted. Read more about our Palo Santo project here.
The Floracopeia Palo Santo offerings now include the Palo Santo Essential Oil, Palo Santo Hydrosol, Palo Santo Incense Wood, as well as a Palo Santo-Sandalwood Infused Massage Oil.
Palo Santo Essential Oil
Palo Santo Essential Oil is a powerful botanical substance and is the alchemical fruition of the distilled wood. The Palo Santo Essential Oil is the concentrated essence of the plant and a little can go a long way. Too much direct contact with the skin can cause irritation. Here are the best ways of using palo santo oil:
Direct Palm Inhalation: Place a drop of palo santo essential oil in the hands, rub the palms together, cup the hands in front of the face and take a deep direct inhalation. Suspend the breath momentarily and then exhale. Repeat this process 2-3 times per day.
Diffuser: Studies show that using a high quality nebulizer is the most effective way to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Diffuse palo santo oil in your home to increase the immunity of the entire family, purify the energetic field and create an aromatically beautiful environment. Palo Santo combines very well in a diffuser with its distant cousin, Frankincense.
DO NOT TAKE PALO SANTO ESSENTIAL OIL INTERNALLY
Palo Santo Hydrosol
Palo Santo Hydrosol is the aromatic water that is created during the distillation process. Hydrosols are extremely useful for a variety of reasons. Small amounts of hydrosol can be consumed internally allowing one to take advantage of the digestive benefits of palo santo. The palo santo hydrosol can also be used as an aromatic spray to refresh the mind and purify the aura. Here is how to use Palo Santo Hydrosol:
Internal Usage: Add 1-2 tablespoons of the hydrosol to a glass of water and enjoy.
Aromatic Spray: Floracopeia's hydrosols come in a 2 oz spray bottle. Spray the hydrosol around the body and aura as needed to refreshen, energize and shift negative moods.
Palo Santo-Sandalwood Infused Marula Oil
This incredible massage oil is created by infusing the palo santo and sandalwood essential oils into a base of marula oil. Marula oil is a nut oil that is native to South Africa. It is deeply nutritive to the skin and nerves, non-greasy, and has little fragrance of its own (making it ideal for aromatic infusions). A stick of the palo santo wood is also marinated in the oil in order to add a more comprehensive spectrum of palo santo's healing benefits to the massage oil.
Here is how to use Palo Santo-Sandalwood Infused Marula Oil:
Self Massage: Place a small amount of oil in the hands and vigorously massage the oil into the body. Repeat the process until oil has been applied to the entire body and give extra attention to the joints and any areas of muscle tension or pain. Allow the oil to sit for several minutes and then take a warm shower (do not use soap, allow the oil to remain on the body). This can be done up to once per day.
Localized Massage: For specific therapeutic use, massage the oil into localized areas of pain or tension 2-3x/per day.
Palo Santo Wood Chips
The most common use of the wood chips is for incense. Simply light one side of the stick, turn the stick upside down to increase the heat, blow out and enjoy the palo santo incense. Repeat as often as you'd like.