As you might already know, there are all kinds of ways to deal with negativity, from using crystals to burning sage. But one of the oldest and most revered tools for spiritual cleansing is using the Palo Santo wood. The Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint, and lemon. It is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. Its smoke is so powerful that its aroma is proving to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world.
The smoke from Palo Santo is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing powers. Traditionally, it is burned for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing. Some of the most well-known Palo Santo uses include inspiring creativity, evoking protection, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune. It is a wonderful tool to use before and during your meditation. Its uplifting scent helps to raise your vibration to bring a deeper connection to the Earth and your divine source. The Palo Santo uses will provide energetic protection, remove any bad energy, uplift your spirit and fill your home with blessings.
For physical healing, Palo Santo benefits include relieving symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, emotional trauma and more. It is also wonderful for setting and sealing in your intentions with. It is also used while clearing crystals and jewelry.
Using Palo Santo is very easy. Below is a step by step process on how to go about doing so:
- Light your Palo Santo stick.
- Let the stick catch fire, and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then, gently blow out the flame.
- To fill your space with blessings, start at the front door and walk clockwise through it with your Palo Santo. To bless yourself, your space or crystals, simply allow the smoke and the rich smell of the Palo Santo to fill the room.
- When you are finished, place your Palo Santo stick in a fireproof container. The glow at the end of the stick will eventually go out on its own. Unlike conventional incense, which burns out completely after lighting it, your Palo Santo wood may be relit many, many times.
I personally use Palo Santo to cleanse my crystals, jewelry, and space. Because the smoke from the wood is so light and smells amazing, it leaves a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere behind.