What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo (Latin name Bursera Graveolens) is a tree that grows in Central and South America and is related to both Frankincense and Myrrh. The literal translation of Palo Santo is Holy Wood and it has similar properties to Sage. For further information on Sage click here.
Palo Santo is used in Shamanic practice to clear negative energy, attract positive energy and to enhance meditation.
Palo Santo is a popular essential oil and incense and is a more social alternative to sage smudging due to its attractive fragrance when burnt. When used for smudging it is burnt as a small stick.
How to smudge* with Palo Santo
To burn the palo santo, hold one end and light the other end over a fireproof dish. You will need to keep the flame on the palo santo for a bit until it catches. Let it burn for a short time and then blow it out. Waft the smoke around the item/ room/ person you are cleansing and use your intention to clear it of negative energy.
Repeat the lighting and blowing out until you have finished. You can leave it to go out by itself on the fireproof dish.
*For more information on Smudging, click here.