For centuries, Palo Santo has been used by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means "Holy Wood". It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Palo Santo is a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing, to get rid of evil spirits and misfortune, as well as for medicinal purposes.
Use Palo Santo as an alternative to Sage for smudging, cleansing and setting intentions.Ensure you have a heatproof container (for example, an earthenware dish or abalone shell). Light the Palo Santo in the container, let it burn for a few seconds and then extinguish the flames. Smoke will start billowing out from the smudge stick. At this point, you can gently wave the stick around each corner of the room you re looking to cleanse, or around the person or object.Be careful not to inhale the smoke directly, or to leave burning Palo Santo unattended.