Palo Santo Incense Sticks
The Sisters of the Valley Palo Santo Holy Wood is common today as a type of incense sourced from a wild mystical (naturally felled) tree native to the lands of Mexico. Much like the Sisters' white sage and holy sage bundles, it is used to clear the energies and calm the home or work-space.
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Palo Santo Holy Stick
Palo Santo is common today as a type of incense, and it comes from the wild Palo Santo wood, known to be a mystical tree, in Spanish, the name means ‘holy wood’.
Due to its special properties, it is used to clear the energies and calm the home or work space.
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.
The Palo Santo tree is part of the citrus family and has a sweet aroma when burned.
The tree's scientific name is ‘Bursera graveolens'. It is wild and native to the lands from Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula from Peru to Venezuela, from the Gran Chaco region.
It is also found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Columbia, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands.
The tree belongs to the same family as frankincense and myrrh. According to Wikipedia, “the use of Palo Santo . . . is traditional in South America, especially in Ecuador”.
According to the local customs, it is used against the ‘mala energía’ (bad energy), which may sometimes refer to clinical disease. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
Peruvians harvest fallen branches and twigs of the B. graveolens tree, a practice that is regulated by the government of Peru, so trees are not cut for wood harvesting.
What the Sisters of The Valley Palo Santo Holy Incense Stick is made of
The Sisters’ Palo Santo holy incense stick is a non-CBD product that’s made of 100% Palo Santo Holy Wood.
How the Sisters of the Palo Santo Holy Sticks are made
We bless and bind the Palo Santo sticks with ribbons in a prayerful environment. We burn the wood sticks before, during, and after moon cycle rituals, as well as when we bless our batches.
How to use the Palo Santo Holy Wood Incense Sticks
Palo Santo may be burned, similar to incense, by lighting shavings of Palo Santo wood.
The charcoal of Palo Santo sticks can also be used for ritual smudging.
Palo Santo can also be simmered in hot water and drank as tea.
How to use the Palo Santo Holy Wood Stick for smudging
Remove ribbon before burning.
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 a half minute or a minute and then blow it out.
Move about the space you wish to energize or clean. The rich smell is believed to bring peace and clarity.
When finished, place the stick in a fireproof 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.