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The fragrant powers of Palo Santo

Palo santo is a tree native to South American countries. The wood from the tree has been used for centuries by healers, shamans, and those with a strong spiritual connection for its amazing ability to cleanse, heal and protect. It is one of the most fragrant types of wood in the world, with aromas of pine, mint and lemon combined.  

Translating to ‘holy wood’, palo santo has so many amazing benefits and powers, as well as smelling great.

Cleansing Energy

When the wood is burning, it produces smoke which is what is used for the process of smudging. Smudging palo santo is done in a very similar way to using the more traditional sage, but it has the same effects on the energy of a space. When palo santo is burnt, it’s believed to clear negative energy and invite calm, positivity and tranquillity into a space. 

Inspires Creativity

Another benefit of burning or smudging palo santo is that it feels the space with creativity. It works by brightening and lightening the energy. The scent also helps people become relaxed and less anxious, enhancing clarity and concentration levels. 

Tip: You can buy palo santo scented incense sticks and candles – these are great to have burning in your office space. 

Deepen Your Meditations

If you are already practising meditation, why not introduce palo santo? It is believed that it helps you to raise your vibration, become more grounded and be able to develop a deeper connection with your inner consciousness and even the spiritual realm. 

New to meditation? Find out some of the benefits here

Ability To Heal Physically

This ‘holy wood’ can be used to treat a whole range of physical ailments including; colds, anxiety, depression, asthma, bronchitis, headaches and other aches and pains. Palo santo is also available in an oil form which, when applied directly, can provide pain relief for arthritis, joint pain and muscle pain. 

Providing Energetic Protection

Palo santo has the ability to work with you to enhance your spiritual and energetic intentions. It adapts to how you use it. Always set your intention before you begin smudging. For example, if you would like to remove negative energy and enhance your protection, you need to have that thought clearly in your mind whilst carrying out the smudging process.

Cleansing Your Crystals

Crystals absorb energy, whether that is good or bad, so every now and then they need to be cleansed. Depending on how often you use them, they should be cleansed every 3-14 days to draw out any negative energy and allow them to maintain their own strong healing qualities. By burning palo santo near to, or over, your crystals and setting the intention correctly, you can remove any unwanted energy and reset the vibration of your favourite crystals. 

This also works for cleansing tarot cards, oracle cards, rune stones and any other objects that can carry energy. 

Have you used palo santo before? We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a developing psychic medium and healer. She has a keen interest in spiritual and mental health and wellbeing. Rachel also works freelance as a copywriter and social media manager. She is passionate about animals and runs an animal website,

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