What is Palo Santo and How to Use It? – Bursera

The idea of Bursera started with the founders’ love for Palo Santo, and their desire to bring the traditional practice of burning this exotic and fragrant wood into our modern world.

The company name, Bursera, originates from its scientific name, Bursera Graveolens. Palo Santo is also known as ‘holy wood’ and these trees are found in the forests of Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico.

The ritualistic use of Palo Santo is deeply rooted in South American tradition. Peruvians would harvest the fallen branches and twigs of the B. Graveolens tree and burned pieces, much like incense, in order to spiritually purify energy. Traditionally in Peru, the wood was used or given to one by a Shaman or Medicine man, with the rising smoke “entering the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thought prints, and evil spirits” 1 .

In modern times, Palo Santo is often used for its similar properties to cleanse the energy of spaces, items, and people, as well as for its woodsy, fragrant aroma.

How to burn Palo Santo

  1. Holding the stick at a downward angle, light the end until a flame is present which can take up to 45 seconds of holding a flame or a candle to it. 
  2. Once lit, let burn for 10-20 seconds.
  3. Blow out the flame.
  4. Holding vertically, move the Palo Santo and cleansing smoke throughout the air.
  5. Extinguish the smoke by placing in a Palo Santo holder or a metal, glass, or ceramic vessel.

Each Palo Santo stick can be re-lit over and over, allowing you to enjoy the healing and cleansing benefits of this sacred wood for an extended period of time.


 1: https://www.draxe.com/health/palo-santo

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