Using Palo Santo Wood For Smudging..
Traditionally, First Nations used white sage or other sacred plants and herbs for smudging. However, using palo santowood in place of white sage gifts your field with a delightful scent and can also help to avoid allergy triggers.
Spanish for “holy wood” or “sacred wood,” Palo Santo is a grounding, inspiring oil with a woodsy undertone. Like Frankincense & Myrrh, Palo Santo is an uplifting herb that can be used to help deepen your connection in daily Mindfulness or meditation practice . Recognized as a spiritual essential oil to dispel negative/fear based energies and protect against unwanted spiritual influences.. A pure plant tool for on-the-go essential creation of a more peaceful, manageable serene day...
Palo Santo’s aroma has sweet notes of pine, mint, and lemon. Although part of the citrus family, it is enjoyed by many for its cleansing and energetic properties similar to Frankincense, Myrrh, Sage + Cedarwood.
Considered to be a holy wood, the Incas have been burning palo santo since ancient times as a spiritual remedy to purify and cleanse. They had a strong belief and understanding of the many benefits to burning palo santo. Purifying the spirit and clearing negative energy are common uses for palo santo wood smudge sticks, but the sacred wood is also known to inspire creativity, bring a deeper understanding of our continuous connection to the divine source, and aid in physical + mental well being.
Place the palo santo stick into a fireproof container like an Abalone shell with sand in it's base - on a sturdy surface like a table or desk. Allow yourself to focus your energy + light the tip of your palo santo wood stick with the, let it burn for about 30 seconds so the flame catches. You can gently wave the stick around to help the smoke accumulate. Once smoke arises from the ember, you’re ready to say your prayer, blessing or set your intentions during your ritual. This is a personal experience, so the intention you set is completely up to you. A common prayer/intention/blessing to invoke when smudging is asking Love and Truth into your field + for it to please remain protecting and balancing all who reside and enter here, while requesting that all fear exit..
Extinguish your palo santo stick in the sand in your container and set aside until the next time you smudge. Always practice caution and safety when using lit materials.