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Aug 17 2011

The useful properties of Palo Santo essential oil are undoubtedly of interest to everyone. For those that have sensitive noses though, my experience says that less is more with Palo Santo.
It works amazingly well in combinations and blends nicely with citrus, woody and even leafy scents.
The therapeutic uses of Palo Santo essential oil can be helpful to those seeking physical as well as emotional solutions.
Its strong rooted and grounded nature makes it very useful for those looking to take charge of their lives.
Also, for those in search of spiritual awakening, its calming scent keeps the mind free of worldly worries and helps one get in touch with the inner self.
On the physical front, Palo Santo has very strong anti-inflammatory properties and because of its high limonene content, it may even help in preventing cancers. [1]

HOW TO USE  PALO SANTO FOR EMOTIONAL CONDITIONS:

Grounding Blend

Use when you tend to be distracted and need to put your feet on the ground and be more practical.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops Cedarwood Atlas 
4 drops Palo Santo
1 drop Patchouli
5 drops of Bergamot   (to give it a fresh tone)  Stir well.

At night, before bed, apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands.   Rub your hands and close your eyes.   Take a deep breath and visualize the feeling of being rooted and nourished by the earth.  Experience the feeling of being stable, supported and strong.   Then open your eyes, put some more oil on your fingertips and massage your lower back and soles of your feet.

Spiritual Blend

This aromatherapy blend will help you meditate and feel more detached from worldly thoughts.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

3 drops Palo Santo
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Frankincense  Stir well. 

Close your eyes and apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands. Rub your hands and close your eyes, take a several breaths.  As you breathe in, feel the scent of this blend lifting up your spirit, separating you from the worries of the day into a calm space

Use it as many times as you need to relax and reconnect with your higher consciousness.

Anti – Stress  and Anti- Anxiety Blend

Palo Santo
’s calming and soothing qualities make it a great ingredient for a sleep-well bath.

In ¼ cup of Epson salts mix the following essential oils:

4 drops of Palo Santo
4 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Mandarin

Add this preparation to your bath water. While soaking in the water visualize that all your troubles and worries of the day are flowing down the drain. 
Allow the calming qualities of Palo Santo to provide strength and wisdom, and the assurance that tomorrow will be a better day.

HOW TO USE PALO SANTO FOR PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:

Pain Relief
The combination of Palo Santo with German Chamomile is very effective for all sorts of inflammations and with arthritis pain.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of Blue Chamomile
5 drops of Grapefruit

Apply topically on the affected area, as many times as you need to.



References: [1] Cancer chemoprevention and therapy by monoterpenes.  Inhibition of protein prenylation by metabolites of limonene.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

More articles about Palo Santo: A Sacred and Spiritual Scent- Palo Santo
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

© AROMANDINA – Aromatherapy blog  – 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.
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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