Palo Santo is a natural Incense and originates from South America. In Spanish, it means "Holy Wood" or "Sacred Wood" and is traditionally used by the Incas for cleansing homes of negative spirits and later used in folk medicines for a whole range of medical ailments.
It is known to be from the same botanical family as Frankincense and the wood creates a pleasant, fresh calming smell smoke as it is burnt.
Its a natural alternative to burning incense sticks, it is works well to keep away mosquitoes and other flying objects.
Some Incredible claims (although not medically or scientifically proven) Include
1. Spiritual purifying and energy cleansing.
For centuries the indigenous people of the Andes have been using palo santo for spiritual purification and energy cleansing. When the wood is burned it’s believed to clear negative energy and restore tranquility and calm.
2. Inspiring creativity and bringing love and good fortune.
Burn palo santo sticks for ritual smudging that will welcome creativity, love, and good fortune. The wood can help brighten energy and promote feelings of positivity. The scent is also shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
3. Bringing a deeper connection to meditation.
If meditation is the yin, palo santo is the yang. The uplifting scent is the perfect partner for your meditation practice. Raise your vibration, and discover peace and groundedness as you sink into a deeper connection to the Earth and your inner consciousness.
4. Physical healing.
In South America, Palo santo is used to treat a wide variety of physical ailments including colds, flu, anxiety, depression, asthma, bronchitis, headaches, and emotional trauma.
5. Energetic protection and the removal of negativity.
When used for smudging or burning, palo santo can eliminate negative energy, creating a calmer, more tranquil space. Set an intention about what you want to clear out of your space, then move from corner to corner, removing any bad energy, uplifting your spirit, and filling your home with good fortune.
My own view is that it has a great aroma and is a great alternative to burning incense or oils.