Palo Santo Oil or “Holy Wood” is rare and unique oil from Ecuador. It is highly regarded in the spiritual realm by the Shamans. And the indigenous people have used it for thousands of years for its powerful healing properties.
The essential oil is distilled from the heartwood of the Palo Santo tree. It is fascinating that the heartwood must be at least two years old and be from the red wood to produce the higher quality oil. I have also read that the longer the tree has been dead, the more powerful the oil. This also holds true for frankincense essential oil.
I can honestly say that this is one of the most interesting essential oils to work with. Because it is in the Frankincense family and shares similar properties, people tend to interchange them quite a bit.
However, I find that Palo Santo oil is a sweeter and softer oil to use, and doesn’t come with the skin sensitivity. I personally connect with this oil easier and better than Frankincense on a physical and spiritual level.
Palo Santo oil is a very powerful antioxidant because of its high d-limonene content. Palo Santo oil contains 75-76% d-limonene which is almost unheard of in tree oil. White Fir is known also to contain high levels, but it doesn’t come close to this.
What is D-Limonene?
Animal studies show that d-limonene protects against pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers. D-limonene is contained in the peels of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange and lemon. But it is also a constituent in many of the essential oils that are distilled from trees.
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Please read below for more information on Palo Santo Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
What is the Genus Species? Bursera graveolens
Why is this information important? There are several species of Palo Santo that are grown in different parts of South and Central America. The muricata and graveolens species have documented healing properties but it can be confusing.
The graveolens species also have powerful healing properties and it is the one that I am most familiar with. But as I mentioned in the introduction it needs to be collected and distilled correctly to obtain any therapeutic value.
In Ecuador it is against the law to remove or cut down Palo Santo trees as they are protected. Additionally, even taking the dead trees has limitations and must be permitted through the government.
So, there are very few companies that are permitted to even touch the trees, more or less produce the essential oil.
Why am I telling you this?
I am telling you this because I am suspicious of 99% of the companies selling Bursera graveolens oil or Palo Santo Oil on the internet today.
Most companies are selling it under the generic name Holy Wood or other common names such as Brazilian paw paw (muricata species). So unless we know what the genus species is and where it comes from we really have know idea if it is the real thing or not!
Where is the name derived from? The name in Spanish means “Holy or Sacred Wood”.
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Dead heartwood
What is the ORAC Value? I’m sure that Palo Santo hasn’t been tested considering that most people don’t even know that it exists! Anyway, I couldn’t find this information anywhere so if you do, please let me know!
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Incas used Palo Santo during spiritual ceremonies and rituals to cleanse and purify negative energies and vibrations?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-infectious, anti-tumoral, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulant and sedative.
What are the Documented Benefits and Uses of Palo Santo? Cancer, infection, rheumatism, immune stimulant, muscle pain, nervous conditions, viruses, inflammation, and supports the nervous system.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is physically grounding and calming. Has a sweet, balsamic and earthy aroma with incense-like overtones.
What is the Spiritual Influence? This oil will ground and release negative emotions such as anger, fear and obliteration. Diffuse it in your home and work space to cleanse and protect as you would with sage or red cedar. Use it during meditation to connect with spirit and stay focused.
By the way, any of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Spruce, Cedarwood, Frankincense, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
What Chakra is Affected? Opens the third eye and crown chakras.
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No (But for me, I can’t leave home without it).
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes.
I use this as a substitute for Frankincense and have used it to treat growths on my dog, my horses and my self. Many people I know have used it for fleas and swear that ticks literally die on the spot! Again, use it as you would Frankincense and see which works better for you and your animals.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine oils in particular that are not therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results.
There is not a lot of information on Palo Santo if you go researching aromatherapy books or the internet, but please do not let this stop you from using it. I have used it for four years undiluted with no problems. It is advised to use it at a 50:50 dilution, but I choose to use it NEAT (undiluted).
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the wood must become sawdust to produce the oil?
Did you know it takes 9 kg of sawdust to produce 500 ml of Palo Santo essential oil?
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