Palo Santo means “holy wood” and is the common name for Bursera graveolens. Also known as “quebracho” by Spanish colonists since, due to its hardness, it broke axes when cut.
Around 18 metres in height, it is a medium sized tree with a crown of small leaves, a great number of branches, and dark green, capsule-shaped fruits. This tree inhabits the South American region of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Mato Grosso (Brazil). When ignited, it releases a smoke which has a series of spiritual properties making it ideal for meditation, relaxation, harmonizing intimate encounters between partners, relaxing tense situations within a family, etc. Its magic smoke can be used to cleanse our household, bedrooms, office, etc., of negative energies.
The origin of Palo Santo is very old; the Inca shamans used it in their religious-spiritual rituals as a tool to bring good luck and ward off any negative signs and also as a means to obtain better spiritual communication with their gods.
This tree is also present in indigenous wedding rituals. The couple must plant a seedling in the absence of witnesses to bind their destinies together so that the union lasts forever.
It was used to ignite sacred fires in ceremonies and rituals, in this way protecting the space in which they’d work. It has been used in rituals of harmonization with the natural elements up to this day.
Palo Santo has been considered a holy wood since time immemorial, used in popular parties and reunions and spiritual rituals as in daily life with regards to work and daily chores. Since ancient times, healing and medical properties have been associated with it: its essence is used to cure skin and muscle problems, the ashes from its wood has been used to treat external wounds and the cooking water of its bark was used to treat stomach problems. Its use has endured to the present day and is still used to clear negative energy from people and things.