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RITUALS | Daily Palo Santo Rituals and their Ancient Tradition

Palo Santo is a tree that is native to Peru, Ecuador, and other South American countries. In Spanish, Palo Santo means ‘Holy Wood'.

This mystical wood has a captivating aroma that is both sweet and woodsy.

For thousands of years, Palo Santo has been used by indigenous people for medicinal purposes and rituals. 

In modern life, Palo Santo can be used daily in different forms, such as sticks, incenses, oils and tea.

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Properties and Benefits of Palo Santo

Palo Santo is known for it’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. When burned, it releases a natural aromatic resin, know as “Palo Santo Oil”, which can help alleviate symptoms of common colds, headaches and stress. Its calming and grounding effects make it popular choice for those seeking emotional balance and relaxation.

In addition to its physical benefits, Palo Santo is believed to have powerful energetic properties. Many people use it to cleanse and purify their energy fields, as well as their living spaces. Its smoke is said to clear away negative energy and promote a sense of harmony and well-being. Palo Santo is also known to enhance spiritual connection and deepen meditation practices.

How to use Palo Santo in your daily routine and rituals
  • Cleansing: the most common use of Palo Santo is for spiritual purification and energy cleansing. You can do this with a smudging ritual!
HOW TO PERFORM A SMUDGING RITUAL: Set your intention, focusing on clearing the negative energy from your environment, and your mind. Once you have your intention in mind, light the Palo Santo and allow the stick to burn for 30-60 seconds, and then blow it out. Move from room to room, while gently waving the stick in the air. When you have finished, place it in a fireproof bowl, where the smoke can safely billow.
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  • Healing: Palo Santo is a traditional remedy for pain and inflammation, so it can help with headaches. It also helps to reduce stress levels as many people find the aroma of Palo Santo relaxing. Light a Palo Santo stick or an incense at the end of the day, and it will help to ease stress. 

  • Yoga and Meditation: Burning a Palo Santo stick while doing your yoga and meditation practice will increase your concentration, uplift your mood, and raise your vibrational frequency, while clearing any negative energy.


  • Warding off unwelcome insects: This is a tip for the coming summer season! Lighting a Palo Santo incense or Palo Santo stick will give you the benefit of serving as a natural insect repellent. The scent of Palo Santo is disliked by mosquitos, flies and other insects, making it an effective and eco-friendly alternative to chemical-based repellents.