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How And Why To Use Palo Santo Wood?

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This special incense has a lot of spiritual mojo, making hugely popular with trippers across the globe.

The use of Palo Santo, Spanish for “Holy Wood”, as incense goes back centuries. It is being used for everything from an accompaniment to ayahuasca rituals, to a household tool to keep mosquitoes away. Its captivating smell is highly valued to cleanse a space and open the connection to the self during meditation. Commonly, a stick of Palo Santo is set it on fire, consciously guided around the room, and then left it in a fire safe bowl to smoulder.

THE EFFECTS OF PALO SANTO

THE EFFECTS OF PALO SANTO

So, what is so special about Palo Santo? Well traditionally, the wood is believed to have both therapeutic and medicinal healing powers – hence its use. It was burnt so that its smoke could cleanse and purify the being, facilitating healing. In terms of actual modern-day application, Palo Santo is anecdotally used to relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety, headaches, common colds, and inflammation. It is also still used for spiritual benefit, helping users overcome emotional difficulty and find balance – this is a particular application of Palo Santo oil during aromatherapy.

As you can probably imagine, with such claims under its belt, various scientists have taken an interest in the actual composition and biochemical content of Palo Santo. One of the more interesting points to come out of research into this wood is that it contains an essential oil that appears to have anti-cancer properties for breast cancer MCF-7. It is only an initial finding, and needs much more in-depth studying, but the fact that it has been found backs up the idea that Palo Santo can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.

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USING PALO SANTO

USING PALO SANTO

Traditionally, dried cuttings of the wood are burnt. The smoke produced carries the magical aroma of the wood, and any potential benefits it may have. However, not everyone wants to breathe smoke. In this situation, the wood can be boiled in hot water for a while to create a Palo Santo tea infusion. Palo Santo can also be obtained as an oil, which is then heated and vaporized for a much friendlier experience for the lungs.

"I found using Palo Santo to be a very pleasurable experience. It produces a very refreshing aroma that offers more longevity than standard incense sticks. The aroma is also unique, offering incense lovers a new fragrance to enjoy. Its use is a little trickier than standard incense, that you can just light and forget about, but the extra effort is worth it." - Josh

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