Palo Santo ~ "Holy Wood", an amazing tree.

                                                                    DID YOU KNOW ? – Palo Santo is also known as “Holy Wood” . . .

Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. It is part of the citrus family and has a sweet aromatic notes of Pine, Mint, and a crisp citrus Lemon Fragrance, with a soft fragrance Woody Scent, that mingles brilliantly together making a perfect rich aroma.  The smell will bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings, this tree has become a symbol of love and kindness.  It is known to bring Healing and Good Fortune when burned and is often used in Smudging and CleansingRituals.        

 When lit, the wood produces smoke which is used for Clearing Evil Spirits, Misfortune, or Negativity. It is said that this tradition has been an integral part of life for the Incas and continues to be to this day. Palo Santo is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal Trees plus it has similar properties to Sage and Cedar.

When Palo Santo is alive and growing the Scent is totally devoid in the wood. In a life that usually lasts for around 80 years, it is only when the tree has been dead for 4-10 years does it begin to develop and create its exceptional special properties.  It has a grey bark and can grow to a height of around 5-6 meters. Its leaves are a mid-green and has small white flowers. The bark is stripped, and the wood shaved into very small pieces that can be used as Incense.

                                                                                          ~~*~~ HISTORY  ~~*~~
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its scent and beneficial properties. It is used for Health and Energy, it is also burnt for Purifying and Cleansing to Heal Energy of a Home OR Person, similar to Sage and Cedar.  The Spanish saw the importance of the Tree to the South Americas and gave it the name ‘Palo Santo’ meaning ‘Holy Wood’. They used the properties of Palo Santo wood to make fires before meditation or prayer because they found it Relaxing and helpful to maintain a Healthy Immune System.

This fragrant wood is highly regarded Spiritually amongst Shamans and Healers who have used it in their Sacred Rituals and for Purifying for thousands of years, its heavenly presence is still used today for keeping energies grounded and clear. Palo Santo's benefits reach far and wide and is becoming very popular in Europe.  

                                                                                     ~~*~~ Health & Other Benefits ~~*~~
The Oil can only be extracted from dead trees and fallen branches using “Vapor Distillation” WITHOUT the use of dangerous chemicals or solvents, this insures a high quality product.  This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing and calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it works well for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene (a compound found Naturally in Citric fruit Oils) and Monoterpenes (nontoxic compound found in Natural plant oils).

Burning Palo Santo wood sticks is used for relieving stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression. Its uplifting scent, raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation, it is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic. It is well known that Palo Santo, works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects.

The wonderful scent of Palo Santo can linger overnight leaving a Light, Sweet Aroma, similar to Frankincense, whichever form of product you choose but the burn is dependent upon conditions and ventilation.

Scented and more sell a variety of Palo Santo products and look to Increase the range in the future, because of such positive feedback from our Customers. and our Palo Santo products are purchased from a Company who sources the supply from a family business in Peru, who replant over 30,000 trees a year, making it a 100% Sustainable product from Harvested Naturally Downed Trees.                                                        

                      ~~*~~ HOW TO USE ~ Palo Santo Wood Sticks:  ~~*~~

~ Light the Palo Santo over an open flame.  Take hold of one end of the stick and hold the opposite end to a fire, or candle. Rotate the stick back and forth slowly in the flame. Watch for a glowing ember to form at the end of the stick.                                              

 Palo Santo is a dense wood that doesn’t burn easily, so it may take a few seconds for it to catch.       

 ~ Blow out the flame. Once you’ve successfully lit the wood, let it burn for about 30 seconds, then give it a forceful blow of wind to snuff out the fire engulfing the tip.                               

 It will continue to smoulder until it goes out on its own or you decide to extinguish it.       

~ Fan the stick to keep it lit.  If the ember looks like it’s dying before the wood has begun to emit smoke, a little air will help reignite it. Shake or blow on the stick gently to get it going again. This may only work as a temporary measure, however—even with some assistance, it might need to be relit several times before it has burned out completely.

 Be careful not to blow so hard that you extinguish the flame accidentally.

~ Waft the smoke around the room. Wave the stick through the air in all directions to release the pungent smoke.  As it continues to burn, it will fill the room with a mild and pleasant aroma. Guide the wood over any areas you want to purify, including corners, corridors, and inside closets.  Avoid bringing the Palo Santo too close to your hair, clothing, or body while you’re holding it.  Have an ashtray or similar receptacle on hand to catch the ash that falls from the burnt wood.

~ Extinguish the stick in a metal bowl or glass/ceramic bowl with sand.  When you’re ready to put out the Palo Santo, grind the lit tip into a fireproof receptacle that won’t melt or leave behind any unsightly marks. A thin layer of Sand or Ashes will help snuff the wood faster. Check to make sure the stick has stopped burning before you walk away and leave it unattended.

Many Palo Santo users recommend metal containers NOT glass and ceramic, which have been known to crack or shatter when exposed to intense heat. Since it burns so slowly, a single stick of Palo Santo can give you up to half an hour of use, depending on its size and thickness.

Incense sticks & cones ~ Should be light this form of Palo Santo in the same way as any other Incense Stick.
Aroma Oil ~ Use of Palo Santo Oil in the same way as other similar Aroma Oils.                    

                        ~~*~~ Different Uses for Palo Santo ~~*~~

Ward off bugs. ~~  Palo Santo is an exceptional Natural Insect Repellent—in fact, that was one of its original uses. The next time you’re having a backyard barbecue or entertaining guests on the patio, leave a stick or two of the wood smouldering nearby. You’ll be able to enjoy your engagement without the constant buzzing and biting, or even sprinkle a few wood chips of Palo Santo onto a BBQ when the coal is not hot enough to cook but it’s a shame to see it die. . The sharp fragrance of Palo Santo is very effective for keeping persistent pests like flies, gnats, and mosquitoes at bay. Try burning Palo Santo in your porch or foyer to drive out bugs that have already found their way inside.

Cleanse the atmosphere in your home. ~~ Many enthusiasts believe that Palo Santo contains Powerful Spiritual Properties that can clear away negative energies. To restore balance in your home, carry a burning stick from room to room, letting the smoke spread to the ceiling. Focus on sending peaceful, loving vibrations radiating outward with the smoke.  To dispel stubborn lingering energies, combine a stick of Palo Santo with a bundle of dried sage which is another potent item that’s commonly employed in cleansing rituals.

Purify your aura.  ~~ Just as Palo Santo can be used to Banish Negative Influences from your personal space, it can also work wonders on your mood. Guide the stick slowly up and down the length of your body several times, letting the smoke hover a few inches away from you. Imagine your anxiety, fear, and anger dissipating with each pass. When you’re done, allow the wood to burn out on its own.  If you wish, you can recite a prayer of healing or wisdom while smudging.  Remember to keep the Palo Santo a safe distance from you at all times.

Treat the symptoms of a minor illness. ~~  Another possible application for Palo Santo is as a safe, all-natural home remedy. The essences of the smoke act similarly to compounds like Camphor and Menthol which have the ability to reduce the severity of nausea, sinus congestion, and headaches.  Avoid breathing the burning wood too deeply, or it could irritate your nose, throat, and lungs. It’s the fragrance you want, not the smoke.  Palo Santo and other holistic remedies should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a qualified physician. If you’re really sick, see a doctor. 

TIPS ~ Before buying, check to make sure the Palo Santo you’re looking at is authentic. At Scented and more, we Only Sell genuine products. ~ Look for Palo Santo Oils and sprays, as well. These substances can be put into a diffuser or rubbed directly onto the body for more immediate results.                             

WARNINGS                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Never attempt to consume or smoke Palo Santo wood.

~ Palo Santo may cause an allergy-like reaction in some users. If you have sensitive airways, you may want to consider a gentler item for therapeutic and purification purposes. 

 ~ Avoid using water to extinguish a stick. This can make it hard to relight later.

~ Always use a or fireproof container to collect ash and extinguishing products.  

~ Keep ALL products away from children or pets.