The sacred Holy Wood tree is related to the frankincense tree and was historically used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the spirit. Aged, matured pieces of fallen wood are used to create this unique oil, which contains vintage collections of potent, aromatic resin.
The botanical benefits of Palo Santo Essential Oil are similar to sandalwood. Traditionally, Palo Santo oil has been used to massage the head and body. It inspires a state of relaxed calm, and is useful for yoga and meditation practices, and it may inspire calm focus and enhanced creativity. It makes an excellent deodorant when used neat with sandalwood, and it can also be used to anoint pulse points, chakras, and hair.
Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens
Botanical Family: Burseraceae
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Part of Plant Distilled: Heartwood
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Cultivation Method: Wild-crafted gathering of the fallen wood.
Composition: 100% Bursera graveolens
Consistency: Medium viscosity
Warm and balsamic with hints of sandalwood and frankincense.
In Living Libations
Palo Santo Poetic Pits, Real to the Feel Essential Oil Kit, and Chakra Essence Set.
Blends well with
Sandalwood, Frankincense, Rose Otto, Douglas Fir, Bergamot, Cedar, Patchouli, Neroli, Lavender, Vetiver, Tangerine, Pine, Palmarosa, and Spikenard.
May be applied topically as a soothing essence for calming the mind. Beneficial for yoga, meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning. Excellent deodorant combined neat with sandalwood. A majestic cologne. Skin tonic used with jojoba.
High levels of limonene, a majestic monoterpene compound, and it is also soaked in sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and alpha-pinene.
“Palo Santo (holy wood) … appears to be indigenous to Argentine and Paraguay, and is especially plentiful along the course of the Rio Bermejo, a tributary of the Rio Paraguay.
The wood yields from 4 to 8 percent of essential oil, which is practically solid at ordinary temperatures. This oil has an exceedingly delicate tea odor, and is well-suited for both perfumery and for blending with stronger perfumes for ordinary scents.”
∼ Ernest John Parry, The Chemistry of Essential Oils and Artificial Perfumes
“Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun,
one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering,
all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured.”
∼ Herman Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte