Palo Santo Stick (Peruvian Holy Wood). Genuine Palo Santo wood incense stick. Our Palo Santo is 100% authentic and natural. It is sustainably harvested from fallen wood and hand hewn the traditional way. From Peru.
Select your size – our S-M sticks are thinner and slightly shorter than our M-L. Being hand hewn, the wood does not split perfectly so measurements vary. Choose between 1 single Palo Santo stick or a bundle of 4 Palo Santo sticks below.
- Some Palo Santo on the market is a cheap wood dosed with a few drops of Palo Santo essential oil. It does not have the same aroma when burned (it will generally smell more woody and smoky instead of the sweet heady scent of pure Palo Santo).
- The aroma on these sticks also tends to fade over time as the oil fades. In contrast, our sticks continue to develop in aroma.
- Also be wary of perfectly cut pieces of wood that have been machine processed. Real Palo Santo is not mass produced.
This powerful tree medicine is used ceremonially for:
- Spiritual purification
- Energy cleansing
In addition, the heady scent can activate the third eye chakra while grounding the root chakra. This brings a deep connection to mother earth and father sky.
It is also said to help with physical healing, easing symptoms of colds, coughs, stress, headaches, anxiety and inflammation.
Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as palo santo (meaning ‘holy wood’), is a sacred wild tree native to South America. It is part of the same family (Burseraceae) as Frankincense and Myrrh. Palo Santo has been used in indigenous rituals and ceremonies for centuries by shamans and medicine people of the land, including the Incas and people of the Andes.
ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE HARVEST OF PALO SANTO HOLY WOOD
The oil in Palo Santo wood takes a very long time to develop! The trees themselves grow for decades.
When a dead branch falls from the tree, it rests on the forest floor for 5 to 8 years while the resin slowly accumulates and matures. Only then can the aged heartwood with its high quality oil be harvested and hand cut into the traditional incense sticks.
Trees that are cut down and harvested alive do not, as a result, develop the rich scent of the resinous sacred oil.
Always ensure that you are purchasing Palo Santo that is 100% authentic and natural, sustainably harvested from fallen wood.
While the tree is currently not endangered (it’s listed as stable and of least concern on IUCN Red List), it could become so without careful management.