I love burning Palo Santo sticks. I burn them every morning before meditating or before I sit at my desk to complete work tasks. For me it sets me in the right head space for focusing on certain tasks. I also prefer the space cleansing element of burning Palo Santo sticks as opposed to burning Sage. I prefer the scent and generally feel more uplifted. Even if you’re not into energy clearing, the scent is so lovely. It’s part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo is an ancient tree which translates to Holy Wood. It has been used for centuries dating back to the era of the Incas. The use of Palo Santo helps in the vibrational preparation for meditation and can aid in relaxation. The burning of wood shavings or sticks can be used during smudging and relieve the energy fields of negative thoughts and feelings.
Apart from the spiritual and energetic benefits Palo Santo has been used by ancient South Americans to alleviate bad energies and heal health ailments. It has properties that are known to calm the immune and nervous system. Things like common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety and inflammation are all know to be cured or eased through the use of oil, smudging and/or tea. It’s even known to contain high levels of D-Limonene and monoterpenes, which make it helpful in reducing cancer symptoms.
How to burn Palo Santo.
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo. Hold at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame. Allow it to burn for about 1 minute and then blow out the flame. Allow the smoke to fill your space by moving around your workspace, home, or anywhere you would like to clear the energy. The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings. When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay. The glow will end on it’s own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going. Always use caution and respect when working with fire.