Palo santo reestablishes balance and peace within the environment. It is often used in meditation practices. I prefer to burn palo santo in the stick form separately from my smudge blend. Probably because it is such a calming and soothing scent filled with powerful energy.
It has been used for centuries by the Inca as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing. My first encounter with palo santo was while I was training with a Peruvian medicine man. He burned it as he opened the circle to share what he knew about spirituality and spiritual healing. The stick of wood is lit, and then the smoke that arises from it can be moved into your energy field to clear misfortune, negative thoughtforms, and “bad spirits.”
About the plant: Native to Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela, it is a tree that grows to a height of up to 60 feet tall with gray bark, green leaves, and small flowers.
Spiritual uses: Palo santo is well-loved in shamanic circles. It purifies the energy of a sacred circle or ceremonial practice while invoking the energy of the ancestors to join forces with the shamanic practitioner.
Mental uses: This sacred wood helps you return to center when you feel out of balance. It helps you focus and set aside fears and distractions so that you can continue to achieve your goals.
Emotional uses: Palo santo helps to draw out dark, negative emotions so that they can be released.