Palo Santo Wood (Bursera graveolens)

Palo Santo Wood (Bursera graveolens)


Palo Santo, or “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree in Central and South America. Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America- to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space.

Traditionally, only the fallen branches and twigs of the tree are harvested, and this practice is regulated by the government of Peru to ensure that the trees do not become overharvested. Unfortunately, as Palo Santo has become more popular, the illegal harvesting and cutting of trees has also greatly increased. Consequently, if you are purchasing wildharvested Palo Santo, it is important to do so from an ethical wildcrafter. The Palo Santo offered by Revel Apothecary comes from a 50 acre farm in Ecuador that contains both naturally occurring and replanted Palo Santo trees.

5 sticks

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