Burning sage, or smudging, involves the burning of dried and bundled sage leaves and letting the aromatic, stimulating smoke waft through the air, purifying and cleansing a living space, an object or yourself.
Palo Santo Sticks
Palo Santo is a sacred tree native to South America. Indigenous Latin American cultures have used its wood in traditional healing and spiritual ceremonies for centuries. A cousin of both frankincense and myrrh, Palo Santo literally means "holy wood," and it's a fitting name given its past. When it burns, the aromatic wood releases lemon, mint, and pine notes—an invigorating, grounding fragrance that is believed to have a number of benefits.
Shamans and healers, often known as Curanderos, traditionally used the energizing and healing properties of Palo Santo to purify air, dispel evil spirits, and cleanse negative energy. The wood has also long been used therapeutically to soothe cold and flu symptoms, depression, emotional pain, and other ailments. It's said that the uplifting aroma of Palo Santo is conducive to meditation and relaxation and that it both enhances creativity and brings good fortune.
What are the benefits of burning the Palo Santo Sticks
✔️It help clear negative energy
The high resin content of Palo Santo wood is believed to have purifying properties when it's burned, hence why it was traditionally used to clear negative energy and purify spaces, people, and objects.
Burning Palo Santo as part of a calming ritual can help promote a shift in energy. The pleasing, grounding aroma of Palo Santo triggers the brain's olfactory system, stimulating the relaxation response and preparing the mind for meditation or creative focus.
✔️It might help ease stress and pain
Palo Santo was traditionally used as a remedy for ailments like the common cold, headaches, and stress. While clinical studies on the wood's medicinal effects are limited, it is rich in both antioxidants and limonene, a terpene that has been extensively researched and has anti-inflammatory benefits.