Palo Santo or "Holy Wood" is a sacred tree that grows on the coast of South America. Traditionally, this sweet scented wood was used by Shamans, Healers and Elders in ritual ceremonies and healing.
The ancients believed the tree had both magical and healing properties that would only be cultivated if the tree was allowed to live a full life and given a respectful death. They would only use wood from naturally fallen Palo trees that had been lying peacefully for an extended period of time after which, they were then dried, aged and eventually burned during rituals. The smoke was considered sacred and was believed to have metaphysical properties that both purified negative energies and attracted positive ones. It is also well known for its healing properties which included:
- Common cold
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces the effects of allergies