Description: Palo Santo essential oil is derived from the Bursera Graveolens tree, known as “Palo Santo” in Spanish. This tree is native to the Gran Chaco region of South America and was used by the Incas to heal or rid negative energies. The essential oil is distilled from the heartwood of the tree and can only be harvested from heartwood that is at least two years of age, but can take longer than 10 years for the best quality oil. Palo Santo is known as an endangered species, especially in Peru, where the government enforces strict harvesting practices. Only branches and trees that die or fall naturally may be harvested for use. This is to ensure that none of the trees are cut down for wood harvesting. The essential oil is thin and generally a middle note in perfumery. Aromatically, Palo Santo is known to help relieve negative energy and increase feelings of calm and peacefulness.
Botanical Name : Bursera Graveolens
Plant Part: Tree wood
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation – Heartwood (Aged)
Country of Origin : Ecuador
Odor and appearance : Yellow to light brown with a strong aroma that is fresh, woody with a hint of citrus.
Main Constituents: Limonene, α-Terpineol, Menthofuran, Carvone, Germacrene D, Linalool, β-Caryophyllene, Myrcene
Common Uses: Palo Santo essential oil has been used traditionally for its aromatic and spiritual properties. It’s important to note that while many people find Palo Santo oil beneficial, its uses and benefits are not supported by extensive scientific research. Here are some common traditional uses and potential benefits associated with Palo Santo essential oil:
- Aromatherapy: Palo Santo essential oil is often used in aromatherapy for its calming and grounding aroma. Inhaling the scent of Palo Santo oil is believed to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and create a peaceful atmosphere.
- Spiritual and Energetic Cleansing: Palo Santo has been used in spiritual and energy practices to clear negative energies and purify the environment. Burning Palo Santo wood or using the essential oil in a diffuser is thought to cleanse and protect spaces.
- Meditation: The calming and soothing aroma of Palo Santo oil can enhance meditation practices by promoting a sense of tranquility and focus.
- Emotional Support: Some people use Palo Santo essential oil to help with emotional balance and upliftment. Its aroma is believed to have mood-enhancing properties.
- Respiratory Support: Palo Santo oil is sometimes used for respiratory issues. Inhaling its aroma might offer relief from congestion and promote clearer breathing.
- Pain Relief: Some traditional practices use Palo Santo oil for its potential analgesic (pain-relieving) properties when applied topically in a diluted form. However, there is limited scientific evidence to support this claim.
- Skin Care: Diluted Palo Santo essential oil might be used topically for minor skin issues due to its potential anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
- Insect Repellent: The aroma of Palo Santo is believed to repel insects, making it useful for creating a natural insect repellent.
Note: It is typically considered a “middle note.”
Blend Well With: Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Rosemary, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Bergamot, Orange.
Contraindications: It is considered safe to use. Just like many other essential oils, it is wise to use this oil after dilution with a carrier oil, as it can be sensitive and irritating to the skin. Before you use on your skin, it is advisable that you conduct a patch test before making it a routine.
Do not use internally, unless directed by a physician. For pregnant women and nursing mothers, it is safe to consult first with your physician before using oil. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*
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