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Aug 08 2011
For ages, Palo Santo has been a sacred part of Ecuadorian culture and has been used for several purposes. My memories take me back to Christmas time at home when Palo Santo was burned as incense to foster the feeling of family, spiritually and peace. Also, the old colonial churches in Quito believe that burning the wood sticks may be able to help us lift our spirits.

The role of Palo Santo in traditional healing:

Traditionally, people living in coastal areas use its smoke to keep away mosquitoes and cleanse the house of “negative spirits”.  Since ancient times, shamans and folk healers (curandero) have used it to alleviate colds, allergies, headaches and rheumatic pain.  In their spiritual-religious rituals, shamans use Palo Santo as a tool to attract good luck, repel negative energies and communicate better with the spirits.

What makes Palo Santo so special?

Palo Santo essential oil is composed of around 112 chemical compounds which make it antibacterial (alfa-pinene), antiseptic (terminen-4-ol), sedative and insecticide (carvones). But the most important element, limonene (62.88%) is said to have chemotherapeutic properties. The Palo Santo tree grows in the dry forest of the coastal Manabi province in Ecuador. While the growth of the tree is slow owing to hibernation in the dry season, it may live up to 90 years. It’s important to note, however, that the wood of Palo Santo is of no use unless the tree has died of natural causes.  If we cut a live Palo Santo tree, we won’t obtain any benefit and it will have to undergo at least three years of a natural, alchemical process of breaking down before it releases the precious oil.  There is a type of white termite that builds its nest on a living tree. When the tree dies, the termite feeds on it until only the skeleton of the tree is left behind.  This natural process allows the essence to be absorbed slowly in the skeleton of the tree.

With members of the community that produces Palo Santo Essential Oil for AROMANDINA

Native cultures say that the spirits of the Palo Santo trees materialize themselves in the essential oil and are responsible for its potency and healing qualities.

The history of Palo Santo – The Legend of Cosakait

According to a folk legend, when the world was in its embryonic phase and there were very few human beings, Cosokait, the most handsome and virtuous of men fell in love with a young maid. The young girl didn’t reciprocate his feelings and sadness made him seriously ill.  On his death bed he called for the young woman several times to see her one last time, but she didn’t go. “Please tell her that I don’t want to die, but Yago (God) is taking my life away.  I’ll be always with her, I will ornate her head with perfumed flowers. I will frighten insects away from her. I will give fragrance to the water that her lips drink.  I will go to heaven in the aromatic smoke during the NAREG ceremony.  And I will be wherever she is and will give her whatever she asks for…” After these words, he was consumed by fever and died invoking her name.  Where he was buried, a tree grew. Its wood had a soft fragrance that when it was burned would release a deep sweet aroma.  It was the Palo Santo tree, the symbol of love, kindness and longing for an impossible love. For its elevated value and nobility, the Tobas tribe consider Palo Santo a sacred tree and call it Cosakait in honor of the legend. And for its virtues and values, and its connection to my home, and this legend, Palo Santo oil will always be the fragrance of my spirit.

Benefits of Palo Santo Essential Oil

  • As an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints
  • As a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling
  • As a nervous system tonic, sedative
  • Helpful for allergies
Enjoy it in the following products: Allergy Calm Essential Oil Blend and Roll On EXULTO Andean Bath Soak Fiesta Essential Oil Blend SERENO Essential Oil, Body Oil and Body Mist  Palo Santo Essential Oil — neat More articles about Palo Santo: How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil 3 STEPS TO A GOOD NIGH’T SLEEP! Palo Santo Essential Oil from Ecuador Essential Oils to Uplift the Spirit German Aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman writes about Palo Santo Essential Oil
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – Aromatherapy blog This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Mar 02 2011

Palo Santo Essential Oil

Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens)   Palo Santo invokes a feeling of sacredness as in entering a temple; quiets the mind from mundane thoughts; and has a purifying effect on the mind.
Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood,” is a tree which is native to Ecuador.
This oil has been used for centuries by the natives in South America  as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing and to dispel evil spirits, misfortune and calamity.
It is said that the true value of this tree comes after its life, of up to 90 years because, the tree does not release its essence, or essential oil, until is has lain on the ground for 4-10 years after having died of natural causes. At this point the tree gives freely of its essential essences.

Benefits

  • As an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints

  • As a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling

  • As a nervous system tonic, sedative

  • Helpful for allergies

Aged heartwood (the center or core) is rich in essential oils with one of its main components d- limonene and alpha-pinene which  have been shown to be chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic against several types of cancer.
It has been found to be antitumoral, antibacterial, antiviral, helpful for sciatic pain, and assists with bone healing.

In medical aromatherapy this oil has shown to be effective to counteract panic attacks and anxiety, as a respiratory remedy for cough, colds, and asthma, for headaches and migraines, and in massage therapy for pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints. 

In spiritual aromatherapy it can be beneficial for meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning.

What a blessing that in its putrefaction, the Palo Santo tree provides medicine; hence, increased life is the outcome of its death.  
Enjoy in the following products: Allergy Calm Essential Oil Blend and Roll On
EXULTO Andean Bath Soak
Fiesta Essential Oil Blend
SERENO Set
Palo Santo Essential Oil

© AROMANDINA 2011 – All rights reserved This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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