One of our favorite melt the stress away secrets is burning Palo Santo, which is wood from a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. Related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal, in Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood.” It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Palo Santo has many great natural uses.
1. Many swear by the healing properties of the wood that have been known to ease stress, anxiety and headaches. The scent turns on the body's relaxation responses.
2. The mystical wood is also used to cleanse spaces and clear negative energy. If you've just moved into a new home or are looking for a housewarming gift, Palo Santo is a thoughtful gift that's easy to use and loved by many.
3. As we've entered summer, another well-known benefit of burning Palo Santo is that it's a natural insect repellent. If you're looking to sit outdoors on a warm evening or having guests over, place a couple of sticks in a ceramic dish and light them throughout the evening. The scent will uplift your guests' senses, while warding off annoying bugs!
One of our favorite ways to burn Palo Santo is to place it in a ceramic vessel and pack black sand around the stick to prop it it up. Light the stick for a few seconds until you see it catch the flame. Once you see the stick burn, blow it out and let the fragrant smoke fill the room. A little goes a long way with Palo Santo and each stick has many hours of burn time. Our Palo Santo bundles come in a variety of hand-dyed tasseled pouches that are great to repurpose and can be used to store jewelry, cosmetics or any other trinkets.