The Healing Benefits of Palo Santo Wood and Essential Oil

Healing Palo Santo Purifies the Room
The healing smoke of Palo Santo is proven to combat pathogens and create a healthier environment.
If you're seeking a natural way to enhance your well-being, consider Palo Santo. This mystical tree from South America has been used by indigenous communities for centuries due to its healing properties. Known as "holy wood" in Spanish, Palo Santo offers numerous benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, boosting immunity, and repelling mosquitoes.

Palo Santo contains high levels of limonene, a compound also found in citrus fruits, known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. When burned, Palo Santo releases limonene into the air, creating a calming and uplifting scent that helps clear negative energy and improve your mood. Whether for meditation, aromatherapy, or freshening up your home, Palo Santo is a powerful tool for achieving balance and harmony in your life.

History and Cultural Significance of Palo Santo

Palo Santo has a rich history and cultural significance in South America. Indigenous communities have been using this sacred wood for centuries in spiritual rituals and ceremonies. The tree is considered sacred and is believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. In Ecuador, Palo Santo is often used in traditional healing practices, such as energy cleansing and spiritual purification. The wood is also used to make musical instruments, such as flutes and drums, which are played during rituals and ceremonies. The use of Palo Santo has been passed down through generations, and its importance in the culture continues to thrive today.

Palo Santo Medicinal Uses:

  • Immune Support and Detoxifier: Palo santo supports the immune system and helps regulate inflammation caused by diet, pollution, stress, and illness.
  • Limonene Benefits: The primary component, limonene, has well-documented anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation: Inhaled through the olfactory system, it triggers relaxation responses, reducing anxiety and insomnia.
  • Emotional Support: Palo santo oil, like frankincense, is grounding and centering, providing natural anxiety relief.
  • Fights Infections: Palo santo combats infections and viruses, helping to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

  • Improves Circulation: It boosts blood circulation and energy levels, aiding in quicker recovery from dizziness, congestion, and nausea.

  • Pain Reduction: Alleviate migraines and stress-related headaches by lowering inflammation and improving blood flow. Alleviate pain from arthritis, injuries, chronic neck or back pain, and sore muscles.

  • Allergy Relief: Helps lower inflammation and the body’s histamine response, benefiting those with seasonal allergies, digestive issues, and asthma.

Burning a Palo Santo stick
When Palo Santo sticks are burned, they create a fragrant smoke believed to purify spaces, promote relaxation, and enhance spiritual practices.

How Can I Use Palo Santo?

Aromatherapy and Relaxation:

  • Smudge with palo santo wood to improve home energy and clear the space.
  • Dilute oil with carrier oils like coconut or jojoba and apply to head, neck, chest, or spine to aid relaxation and sleep.
  • Combine with lavender, bergamot, or frankincense oil for enhanced relaxation benefits.

Home Cleaning and Purification:

  • Use palo santo wood chip incense or essential oil to reduce odors, microbes, and viruses.
  • Purify air and surfaces by diffusing the oil or incorporating it into household cleaning routines.

Allergy Relief and Respiratory Support:

  • Take as a dietary supplement for allergy relief (with therapeutic-grade oil).
  • Inhale directly from the bottle several times daily to support respiratory health.

Physical Pain Relief:

  • Apply drops mixed with carrier oil directly to the affected area three times daily.
  • Massage into skin or use in a bath with palo santo and Epsom salts for muscle and joint pain relief.

Headache and Stress Relief:

  • Use a diffuser with diluted oil for instant headache relief.
  • Rub a mixture of palo santo and coconut oil onto temples and neck to alleviate stress and tension.
Sustainable Palo Santo Essential Oil Incense
Palo Santo Essential Oil
Sustainable Palo Santo Wood Incense
Palo Santo Wood Sticks

There are several ways to incorporate Palo Santo into your wellness routine. The most common method is by burning the Palo Santo wood sticks. To do this, simply light one end of the Palo Santo stick and let it burn for a few seconds before blowing out the flame. The wood will continue to smolder, releasing its fragrant smoke. You can then move the stick around your space, allowing the smoke to cleanse and purify the air. As you do this, take deep breaths and focus on the aroma, allowing it to calm your mind and uplift your spirit. You can also use Palo Santo during meditation by holding a smoldering stick close to your body and taking deep breaths. This can help create a sense of grounding and enhance your meditation experience.

Healing Palo Santo Stick Purifies the Room
Take the healing smoke of Palo Santo with you for easy purification of your car and hotel rooms.
A essential Oil Diffuser which can be used for Palo Santo oil.
A essential Oil Diffuser which can be used for Palo Santo oil.

Safety Precautions

While Palo Santo is generally safe to use, it's always a good idea to exercise caution. When burning Palo Santo, make sure to do so in a well-ventilated area and keep a close eye on the smoldering stick to prevent any accidents. If you have respiratory conditions or sensitivities, it's best to avoid inhaling the smoke directly. Instead, you can enjoy the scent by placing the Palo Santo in a heated metal dish or by using an essential oil diffuser. As with any new product, it's always recommended to do a patch test before applying Palo Santo topically to ensure that you don't have any adverse reactions.

Where to Buy Palo Santo

Many natural health stores and spiritual shops carry Palo Santo sticks or essential oil. You can also find Palo Santo products online, through websites that specialize in natural and holistic remedies.

At Shamanic Supply, we offer high-quality Palo Santo products to enhance your spiritual and wellness practices. Our meticulously crafted Palo Santo oil provides pure, calming properties for moments of tranquility and stress relief. When applied with a carrier oil, it creates a soothing experience for both body and hair, leaving a delightful, lasting fragrance. We are committed to providing exceptional products that meet your needs and expectations. Responsibly sourced, our Palo Santo supports the preservation of trees and the well-being of local communities.


This Palo Santo oil is very pure and helps me feel calm. I mix it with a carrier oil and apply it to my body and hair; the smell of this excellent essential oil lasts a whole day. I will repurchase it! 

Melissa Mauselle

This Palo Santo essential oil is the finest I've ever had the pleasure of using. You will not find a better quality Palo Santo oil on the market. I highly recommend purchasing!

Luke Wilczak

Palo Santo Sustainability and Ethical Considerations

As the popularity of Palo Santo continues to grow, it's important to address sustainability and ethical considerations. Palo Santo trees are protected in many South American countries, and their harvest is strictly regulated. However, illegal logging and overharvesting still pose a threat to the tree's survival. To ensure the sustainability of Palo Santo, it's crucial to support companies that prioritize ethical sourcing and sustainable practices. Look for products that are certified by organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Rainforest Alliance, as these certifications guarantee that the Palo Santo has been harvested in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner.

Sustainable Palo Santo Source
Our source is verified as sustainable and ethical in the harvesting of their Palo Santo.

Conclusion: Incorporating Palo Santo into Your Wellness Routine

Incorporating Palo Santo into your wellness routine can have a profound impact on your overall well-being. Whether you choose to burn Palo Santo for its calming and purifying effects or use it topically for skincare, the healing properties of this sacred wood are undeniable. Palo Santo's rich history and cultural significance make it a powerful tool for achieving balance and harmony in your life. By choosing sustainable and ethically sourced Palo Santo, you can not only improve your own well-being but also contribute to the preservation of this sacred tree and the communities that rely on it. So why not give Palo Santo a try? Discover the healing powers of this mystical wood and experience the transformative effects it can have on your mind, body, and spirit.