Bursera graveolens (palo santo)
50 gram houtblok
IntroductionBursera graveolens, known in Spanish as Palo Santo (holy wood) is a wild tree native to parts of South America. Palo Santo is burned in ceremonies by Shamans and Medicine people for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage. It has been popularized and cherished by many because of its heavenly presence in Ayahuasca circles. It creates a pleasant, fresh smelling smoke with hints of mint and citrus that work well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to Source. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its Magic.
How to use Palo santoPalo santo may be burned, similar to incense, by lighting shavings of palo santo wood. In Peru, a shaman or medicine man, reportedly lights palo santo sticks and the rising smoke will enter the 'energy field' of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thought prints, and 'evil spirits'.
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo. Hold at about a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame. Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute and then blow out. The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings. When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay. The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going. Always use caution and respect when working with fire.
WarningPalo santo is used as incense only. It is not suitable for human consumption.
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