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Pacific Coast, Ecuador
Palo Santo, Bursera Graveolens, is an aromatic tree native to the Galapagos Islands and the dry forests of South America. In traveling along the coastline of South America’s Pacific coast from Northern Peru to Ecuador one is captured by the perfume of Palo Santo. If you follow the perfume trail you’ll reach the Machalilla National Park, located in the Province of Manabi, on the coastline of Ecuador, where you will find the biggest concentration of Palo Santo trees in all of South America. As in Peru, the Palo Santo tree in Ecuador is protected by the national government and can only be harvested under strict conditions. Shamans Market supports these sustainable practices through its association with Deltatau Palo Santo Foundation of Manabi. When walking the trails of the Machalilla National Park with the sun at its peak, the brackish air from the ocean fills up with the aroma of the Palo Santo resin and you are filled with a sense of peace and tranquility.
The name Palo Santo means "Holy Wood", and what a fitting name that is. The magic of Palo Santo is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or a tree. You see, in order for the Palo Santo to gain its magical and medicinal properties it must die, but not just any death – only a natural death of a wise old limb or tree. The Palo Santo trees live for 80 to 90 years. After this death the tree must remain in its natural habitat for 4 to 10 years to complete its metamorphosis. Only then do its sacred, medicinal and mystical properties come alive.
Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years in Peru and Ecuador by shamans and healers. Travel today through the Andes Mountains you still find shamans, curanderos, and healers using Palo Santo as part of their ceremonies and healing rituals, evidence that its use more alive than ever in their culture. Increasingly the healing properties of Palo Santo are finding its way into the rest of the world as one of the truly great resins of Mother Earth. It has capacities in both physical and metaphysical realms. Palo Santo has even caught the attention of western scientific researchers for it chemical properties which include limonene and monterpenes that are being studied for their anti cancer effects. It’s truly amazing that this “Holy Wood” can at once, through its healing scent and sacred smoke, provide energetic protection, remove bad energy, uplift the spirit and bring good luck as well as repel mosquitoes and treat a headache.*
For every liter of Palo Santo oil that we purchase, we donate $30 to help replant these endangered trees. For each donation, one hundred and eighty trees are planted!
Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens
Description: Our rare 100% pure Palo Santo Essential oil, Bursera graveolens, is distilled in small quantities from ecologically and sustainably harvested wood gathered in Machalilla Park on Ecuador's Pacific coast.
Of Interest: The tree of Palo Santo is originally from the dry tropical forests on the coast of the South Pacific, Ecuador being the main country where this tree is found. The Palo Santo Oil is only concentrated and deposited in the interior of the tree trunk. It can takes up to 10 years to produce the oil and to get concentrated in their trunk. Only tree branches that fall naturally from the ground are used to make this oil. The average life of the tree of Palo Santo is between 80 and 90 years.
History: The natives in Ecuador have used it mainly to protect themselves from insects (mosquito) and also in ancestral rituals where shamans use this oil to clear bad energy from the bodies. They also used it as essential oil and to perfume their homes.
Properties: In aromatherapy, Palo Santo Essential Oil is considered to be antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It can be used as part of a remedy for bronchial coughs, colds, nasal flues, allergies and asthma. It is said to have excellent absorption properties and can be used in massage therapy to relieve pain and inflammation of the muscles and joints, and regenerates skin conditions, promote skin nutrition, healing and flexibility.
Palo Santo Essential Oil can generate states of calmness and relaxation and is beneficial for meditation, concentration, and for enhancing creativity and learning. In spiritual aromatherapy, it can be used as perfume to release negative energy and to purify and cleanse the spirit.
Relieves stress, sadness, bad mood, headaches, panic and anxiety. How to use: put a few drops of Shamans Market Palo Santo Essential Oil, diluted 3 to 1, on the chest at heart level, on the nose, on the side of the head (temples), on the back of the neck - 3 times a day - and on the soles of the feet at night before bedtime.
Enhances meditation and relaxation. How to use: dilute a few drops of Shamans Market Palo Santo Essential Oil into distilled water and place in an atomizer bottle.
Repels insects. How to use: Apply Shamans Market Palo Santo Essential Oil, diluted 3 to 1, on the exposed skin or dilute a few drops of full strength into distilled water and place in an atomizer bottle.
Treats flu, cold, cough, asthma and allergies. How to use: put a few drops of Shamans Market Palo Santo Essential Oil, diluted 3 to 1, on the chest at heart level, on the nose, on the temples, on the back of the neck - 3 times a day - and on the soles of the feet at night before bedtime.
Treats psoriasis, acne, wounds and sprains. How to use: Apply Shamans Market Palo Santo Essential Oil, diluted 3 to 1, on the affected area so that it enters the skin 3 times a day.
Treats arthritis, neck pain and muscle aches. How to use: Only when there is pain, put a few drops of Palo Santo Essential Oil, diluted 3 to 1,directly on the point of pain massaging the area until the oil is absorbed - 3 times a day - then protect the part with a red bandage, because the red increase your body energy.
Parts Used: Wood from aged fallen trees
Color: Yellow to Light Brown Liquid
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Note Classification: Top
Aroma Description: fine citrus aroma with underlying notes reminiscent of frankincense, its close relative; fresh, intense woody aroma with a slight hint of citrus.
Aroma Strength: Strong
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, sandalwood and other wood oils
Safety Data: Generally non-toxic and non-sensitizing; it can be a skin irritant. Not for internal use. Avoid use if pregnant.