Renowned for its medicinal and spiritual applications, the use of Palo Santo, or Holy Wood, is believed to date back to the Incas. Palo Santo oil is rich in terpenes such as limonene and alpha-terpineol, making it thought to have healing, calming, and cleansing capabilities.
The use of Palo Santo is traditional in South America, especially in Ecuador. According to the local customs, it is used against the “mala energía” (bad energy) (”Palo Santo para limpiar tu casa de la mala energia, Palo Santo para la buena suerte” or “Palo Santo to clean your house of bad energy, Palo Santo for good luck”), which may sometimes refer to clinical disease. Palo Santo wood is commonly burned today as a type of incense, and its charcoal used for ritual smudging.
If you have not experienced this wild-gathered oil, you are truly missing out. Though many find it reminiscent of frankincense, it has a truly distinct characteristic all its own.