Palo santo: benefits and uses of “spiritual wood”

Palo santo or sacred wood is used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes. What are its benefits? How is it used? Find out!

Last update: September 13, 2022

Palo santo or “sacred wood” is an element that has been used for energetic, relaxing and medicinal purposes for centuries. Its scientific name is Bursera Graveolens Y It is an incense whose properties place it among the favorite aromas of those who seek to benefit from its effects.

Its aroma is unmistakable; sweet, strong and with a hint of citrus that floods the space in which it is found. On this occasion we will be talking about this spiritual wood, its origins, its benefits and its uses. How can you incorporate it into your environments? Next, we detail it.

Palo santo: where does it come from?

Originally from America, it is found in countries such as Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, among others. According to ancient Inca legends, It was used in rituals to connect spiritually with ancestors. Likewise, it was believed that it attracted good luck and warded off negative energies, something that still persists today.

On the other hand, the use of palo santo was associated with the eternal marriage union in sacred ceremonies. In one way or another, its aroma and smoke have positive connotations that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Palo santo is often used to ward off bad energies in the home.

What are the benefits of palo santo?

Popular literature associates the use of palo santo with various positive effects. In particular, It is usually used to purify environments and transmute energies. We will detail some of them.

  • Repel negative energies. It often happens that sometimes we feel a dense environment, loaded with “bad vibes” and from which we just want to run away. In this case, palo santo is responsible for cleaning the environment and attracting positive energies.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, an oil is obtained from palo santo that has been proven to have the ability to reduce inflammation, among other therapeutic properties.
  • Relieves nervous tension. Continuing in line with the previous point, this wood has the ability to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
  • It is ideal for meditating. Due to the aforementioned properties, it is widely used in meditation, yoga and reiki sessions, as it helps to relax the mind. Similarly, its aroma is one of the favorites for aromatherapy.

Palo santo: different ways to apply it

This wood can be used in different ways. Its essential oil is often burned or used. However, there are those who use it in infusions.

How to burn palo santo

First of all, it is worth clarifying that palo santo is obtained in health food stores and is presented in the form of chips or pieces. Being a resistant wood, it will take a moment to light up.

  • Take one of the pieces at the end, light it on the other and rotate it until the ember forms. After about 30 seconds, turn off the flame and place it in an appropriate container.
  • Do not get too close to smell its scent because you could not only burn yourself, but smoke can irritate the respiratory tract. Be patient that —in a matter of seconds— her perfume will have flooded the entire room.

Regarding the smoke, it should be white or gray. If you notice that it is black, this may mean that the tree was cut down ahead of time to start marketing.

If what you are looking for is to purify the environments, then you should take the container that contains the palo santo to all the spaces of the house. Ideally, the windows should remain closed so that the smoke penetrates every corner and thus ends the bad energies.

However, be careful and do not stay in any room full of smoke (not even palo santo) because it is harmful to health. After a while, you can ventilate the rooms.


In this case, we suggest you look for the shavings of this wood to make potpourri. You can put them in tulle bags to let their aroma escape. They do not burn and are placed in closets and other spaces in the house.

Essential oil

The oil from this wood retains all its citrus aroma with a touch of sweetness. It is applied to perform massages and help the relaxation process. You just have to be careful that it is suitable for direct application to the skin.

Often, requires its mixture with another conductive oil such as jojoba or almond. In this case, consult the store that distributes it. Another use of this oil is in diffusers. You just have to put a few drops in the diffuser and add water.

Palo santo essential oil is often applied in massages and aromatherapy sessions.

Palo santo: the sacred wood

In short, palo santo is a wood valued for its energetic and aromatic power. Play around with the folklore of traditions. In any case, it releases a pleasant aroma for the environments and to relax. Do you dare to use it at home?

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