Ethically sourced Holy Wood, Palo Santo Smudge Sticks

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"Sometimes we make the process more complicated than we need to. We will never make a journey of a thousand miles by fretting about how long it will take or how hard it will be. We make the journey by taking each day step by step and then repeating it again and again until we reach our destination."

Joseph B. Wirthlin.

Using Palo Santo in the ancient ritual of smudging is a great way to feel at peace within yourself, reawaken your senses, and continue on your journey towards living a life filled with love, self-growth, and happiness.

It has great healing properties:

  • Relieves headaches and helps with the common cold
  • Relieves stress and anixety 
  • Reduces inflammation and allergies 

Palo Santo is famous for its spiritual energies because it:

  • Creates good vibes and energy
  • Cleanses the workplace and home

Unlike other wood species the palo santo has to fall off naturally, for example in the form of a branch falling from the tree and lying on the ground for some time in order to be processed as an incense stick, chips or cone. It is for this reason that no living tree is felled for this product, otherwise the healing and special properties would be lost.

Palo Santo is a mystical dry forest tree and is also called 'Sacred Wood' translated . The tree blooms yellow and has hard, resinous wood. The Palo Santo tree is regarded as strong and resilient, living under extremely harsh conditions prevalent in South America in the highlands of the Andes. Palo Santo belongs botanically to the Bursera family.  The special feature is a high resin content (Copal resin) in the wood.

Our Palo Santo Sticks are about 9-10 cm long, and about 1 x 1 cm wide.  

Palo Santo is chosen for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage.   It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation.  It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic. 

How to Perform a Cleansing Ritual

  1. Open every door and window in your house, and turn on fans if you have them.
  2. Light the Palo Santo, and when it catches fire, blow it out and allow the embers to start to smoke (like you would light incense). Use any fireproof plate or bowl to catch the ash and embers;
  3. Set your intention for each room.  Say a prayer of cleansing.  For example, “I cleanse this room of any impurities and negativity”;
  4. Walk around the room, waving the stick so its smoke drifts into corners, along walls, around windows, and along ceiling lines.  As you do, imagine the smoke absorbing negativity, problems from those who were in the space before you, toxicity, and anything else you want to go away.  See the smoke dissipating and floating out the windows, and imagine that bad energy flowing out of your space, making room for positive, fresh energy.
  5. After you’ve blessed every room, give yourself a smudgial (that's a smudge facial) - Cup your hands over the smoke and “wash” your face with it, then wave it all over your body as you would in a water shower.  Visualise any residual negativity sailing out of your body, out of your home, and into oblivion. 
  6. When finished, place your stick in the fireproof bowl to extinguish naturally.  It's good practice to smother the stick in ash.  You will be able to have several cleanses from one stick. 

Follow this link to download our printable instructions for a simple cleansing ritual. 

 

SAFETY 
Palo Santo burns slowly, so it is easy to forget that it is still a live flame that must be treated with care and respect.  It is important to always be conscious of where your stick is and what it might come in contact with.

Always make sure that no part of burning items come in touch with wood or other flammable materials.  Never burn sticks or incense with anything directly above it, as the rising smoke can cause discolorations and possibly fire.  The vessel you choose to hold your Palo Santo may also get very hot, so be careful not to place it on wooden surfaces or to touch metal burners after you have been burning incense or sticks in them.

Never leave burning holy wood sticks unattended.  As with candles, don't leave the house while incense or holy wood is still burning - if you need to put a piece of holy wood out, turn it upside down and bury the flame in sand or ash.  This will allow you to use it again in the future.