Palo Santo: A Classic Favorite of Ritual Lovers

What Is Palo Santo?

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is 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.


The Ceremonial Experience

Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.


Healing and Medicinal Benefits

Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing. Great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it works well for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.


The Responsibility To Our Earth

The best part of this magical tree is that it is wild crafted and sustainably harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years. The essential oil can only be extracted from dead trees and fallen branches using “Vapor Distillation” without the use of dangerous chemicals or solvents. This insures a high quality product cared for with Love and Respect.


Suggestions For Using Palo Santo

Invite In Divine Guidance

The sacred scent of Palo Santo ignites an ancient and familiar knowing from deep within, melts away tension, and increases your awareness of the gifts that lie in the present moment, so you can hear what your higher guidance has to say.


Clearing Space

You want a clear space before inviting in the higher frequency of Love. Light your Palo Santo stick and blow out the flame, creating a smoke. Walk around your space holding the stick with one hand, while waving your other hand to circulate the smoke around the space to clear it.


Reprogram Your Brain To A State of Love

Aroma can be used to signal your brain to align with specific activities in your life or business. The purifying aroma of Palo Santo is perfect to use when you want to calm your mind and focus inward for an answer to something that’s meaningful to you.



The moment I smelled the purifying aroma of Palo Santo in my Sacred Scents class, it became my go-to tool whenever I wanted to clear any disturbances in my own energy field or clear my living or work space before ritual. Palo Santo means “holy wood” in Spanish and has been used for decades as an energetic cleansing tool with indigenous tribes, spiritual teachers and people like you and me who want to align with the higher frequency of Love on a daily basis. You can easily use it anywhere; at home, in the office, throughout your business, or on-the-go when you travel. I feel the possibilities of using Palo Santo for ritual is limitless!

Tara Teipel, Founder and CEO of My Spiritual Ritual

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