Plant Origin: Ecuador
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from the sawdust of the dead bark, wood, and branches
Historical Data: Palo Santo comes from the same botanical family as Frankincense, although it is found in South America. Like Frankincense, Palo Santo is known as a spiritual oil, with a deep-rooted tradition in which it was used by the Incas to purify and cleanse the air of negative energies and for good luck. Its Spanish name reflects how highly this oil was regarded: palo santo means "holy or sacred wood."
Applications: Dilute 1 part essential oil with 1 part V-6 or carrier oil; apply 2-4 drops on location, apply on chakras and/or Vita Flex points; inhale directly.
Try diffusing after a rough day to help create a positive atmosphere. It can also be used for massage after physical activity. To use Palo Santo, simply diffuse it around your home; apply it topically to your feet and along your shoulders; or incorporate it into your spiritual study habits.
Cautions: If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Should not be used on children under 18 months old.
Refer to the Essential Oils Desk or Pocket Reference for more information.