To support your go with the flow attitude during summer travels, we’ve packed the Goddess on the Go Box with some divine essentials for your next sacred journey.
Inside you’ll find a magical Palo Santo Anointing Oil and a beautiful Palo Santo Stick etched with the Flower of Life from our friends at Sacred Wood Essence.
Erik Suarez, owner of Sacred Wood Essence, is here to share his passionate wisdom on the magic of Palo Santo:
What is Palo Santo?
You’ve probably heard of this mysterious tree by now and maybe you’ve even experienced its healing effects. If not, you're in for a treat (and possibly a new obsession)! Palo Santo is a mystical tree that is part of the Bursera family and grows on the coast of South America. In Spanish, the name literally means "Holy Wood" and has many sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Palo Santo contains 110 components of smell that are all in the citrus family which makes it very unique and powerful.
Palo Santo for Ceremonial Use
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties, similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its use in keeping energy grounded and clear, especially in South American ceremonies. When burned as incense, it creates a pleasant smoke and an uplifting scent which helps to raise your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the divine. It is said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic. It also helps to keep away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru.
**Palo Santo Healing Benefits**
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving physical ailments like common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. The sweet scent is great for aromatherapy helping boost immunity and calm the nervous system for faster recovery. The PURE essential oil is great to use in diffusers and to incorporate into massage as it contains high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenesassists which assist in soothing physical pain, decreasing inflammation and have even been shown to help reduce cancer symptoms.
Sacred Wood Essence is proud to say that the pieces of this magical tree are wildcrafted and sustainably harvested by a family that has re-planted over 50,000 trees in the same area over the last 10 years. The essential oil is extracted from only dead trees and fallen branches using "Vapor Distillation" which excludes the use of toxic chemicals or solvents. This ensures a pure and high quality product that’s handled with love and respect every step of the way.
**Sacred Wood Essence**
With a background in massage and the healing arts, my passion for Palo Santo took over and, after communing with the oil for more than a year, I began sharing its magic by introducing the plant to festival goers on the West Coast. That was 10 years ago. Since then I’ve been blessed to educate thousands of friends and strangers to its incredible abilities to bring peace, joy and happiness to one's life while enhancing their sensory experience.
To learn how to burn your palo santo sticks, watch the video below: