Palo santo incense sticks (including free postage in the UK only-please contact me for overseas postage)
Palo Santo (holy wood) is a natural incense wood from the tree Bursera Graveolens, which is native of South America.
Its smoke is very powerful and is used in sacred rituals. It is traditionally used an an energy tool, to lift and cleanse both spaces and people's energy field prior to rituals.
Palo Santo has an incredible aroma. It smells very fresh with hints of mint and citrus. Palo santo is one of the most fragrant woods in the world.
I import this Palo Santo directly from an ethical supplier in Ecuador. It took me a long time to find such good quality products.
This Palo Santo is produced a sustainable way, that allows us a traceability from its planting, picking, transformation and commercialization . This is done without harming the palo santo trees, because my supplier only processes wood that has been found to have died naturally in the forest, and takes part in reforestration and forest preservation in Ecuador. For every old tree that dies, a young one is planted to make sure that the number of palo santo trees is steady and growing.
Interestingly, Palo Santo wood only develop its distinctive smell when the tree has died of a natural death, and has been lying on the forest floor for 5 to 10 years. Therefore, true sustainable harvesting of the wood never involves the cutting of Palo Santo trees. Companies that produce the essential oil can only do so by following the above process, and therefore are a guarantee that the company is respecting the trees. If you would like to read more about the palo santo tree, the book Sacred Smoke by David Crow, in fantastic.
I offer two palo santo products: a bundle of 5 palo santo sticks, and a bundle of 10 palo santo incense cones.
The sticks are brilliant for smudging a person or space as it's easy to waft the smoke around, and they self extinguish rapidly. The cones are great to smudge a space, because they produce a lot of smoke and aroma and you can light them and leave them (you do not need to keep relighting them like the sticks). I like to use the cones to purify my house or teaching space. If you want to do some heavy clearing you can light a couple of cones and leave the room, it will "fumigate" the space in a very powerful manner.
Incense cones, please note: The palo santo incense cones are made by hand using the sawdust from cutting the palo santo sticks, and mixing it with vegetable glue. They are therefore quite fragile and easily broken, so even with all the care in the world some cones may arrive broken. They still work, simply light each piece in an incence burner.
How to use:
- Sticks: Light the end of the stick using a lighter until a flame forms and the wood is properly burning, let the flame burn for 30 seconds or so, the blow on the flame or shake the stick to extinguish it, and waft the smoke around the person or the space you wish to cleanse.
- Incense cones: Place the cone in a fire resistant incense burner, light the top of the cone until it catches fire, blow the flame and let is smoulder.