In these crazy times, now more than ever, we need to expand the Palo vibe—positivity, peace and love. We ask that when you light a stick, you light it for Peace in the world. We suggest setting your intention while you are waiting for the Palo to light. May we also encourage you to embrace what Peace is according to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of Human compassion.”
- Dalai Lama
What is palo santo? Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) is a sacred tree and grows in select parts of South America. Translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means Wood of the Saints or Sacred Wood. It has been used for many centuries by shamans in ritual prayer, ceremonies and healing. Like its close botanical cousins, Frankincense and Myrrh, it is rich in brain-oxygenating terpenes such as limonene and a-terpineol which give the Palo its uplifting and positive qualities.
The use of Palo Santo can be traced back to the ancient Incan Empire. It has a prevalent place in native ritualistic medicine, preferred by shamans and healers for its metaphysical properties of purification and clearing negativity. South American brother to our North American sage, natives customarily use Palo Santo as smudge sticks to shed "mala energia" or bad energy within their homes or around themselves.
The history of Palo Santo includes using the wood incense to generate positive and uplifting energy; smudging for clearings; as a fumigator to keep unwanted insects or animals away from the home. Natives prepare teas and tinctures from wood shavings, used for digestive aids, for immune support and also to reduce inflammation. The essential oils and resins are used as topical emollients to treat arthritis and joint pain. The aromatherapy is known to calm coughs and bronchial conditions. Oils and molido can be added to soaps, scrubs and therapeutic lotions for cleansing and moisturizing the body.
The Palo Santo Tree
Only the fallen trees and branches can be collected and must be allowed to dry and cure for a period of 3-5 years.
Third Eye Wood Palo Santo is imported from Peru where the collection of Palo Santo wood is a practice regulated by the Peruvian government. The collection method respects the sacredness of the wood and allows for the continued life of the tree. Live trees are never cut. Only the fallen trees and branches can be collected and must be allowed to dry and cure for a period of 3-5 years. During this time, a chemical transformation takes place and the sap, once fluid in the living tree, begins to crystallize and form deposits giving the Palo Santo its prized grains of orange and gold. Within these rich resin deposits, the essence of the Palo is the deepest.
Sacred Peruvian Wood
The method of collection respects the sacredness of the wood and the tree.
The Third Eye Wood team is committed to the sustainable collection of Palo Santo. Our wood has been gathered in accordance with Peruvian government regulations. We offer a line of products made from the finest and densest wood we can acquire, rich in resin and fragrance at affordable prices. We import the wood, hand cut, package and ship the Palo ourselves. The products we make from or with Palo Santo are hand-tooled and crafted in the United States. Our containers are resealable to maintain the integrity of the Palo Santo essence. Please use this Palo Santo with good intentions and blessings for our world. Please purchase responsibly and support only the reverent and sustainable collection of Palo Santo.