this is my favourite go-to herb for space clearing!! palo santo (Bursera graveolens)
In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It belongs to the same family as frankincense and myrrh and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo santo dates back to the Inca era. It is a mystical tree that grows in South American rainforests of Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru. the spiritual healers in ecuador say it is used against the "mala energía" (bad energy)..........."Palo Santo para limpiar tu casa de la mala energia, Palo Santo para la buena suerte" translating to "Palo Santo to clean your house of bad energy, Palo Santo for good luck". In Peru, a shaman, lights palo santo sticks and says the rising smoke will enter the "energy field" to "clear misfortune, negative thought prints, and 'evil spirits'".
I love the smell of palo santo!! its has a heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear while its uplifting and refreshing scent raises your vibration and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation...perfect for meditation. It has been used throughout history for calming the immune and nervous systems, relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. In Essential Oil form, it is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing.
similar to Sage and Cedar, palo Santo are ancient tools for clearing space and releasing negative energy. The most obvious difference between palo santo and sage is the smell. Many people find the smell of sage really strong and a little overwhelming. palo santo provides an aromatic, sweet smell and can also be used to ward off mosquitos and other insects. The wood can be snuffed and relit, whereas, once sage begins to burn, it will often continue to burn completely. It is said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
The best part of this magical tree is that it is wild crafted and sustainably harvested. Peruvians collect fallen branches and twigs of the Palo Santo tree, a practice that is regulated by the government of Peru, so trees are not cut for wood harvesting.This insures a high quality product cared for with Love and Respect. 100% Sustainable and Natural
using palo santo wood for space clearing follows the exact same steps as using sage. 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 about 30 secs to 1 minute and then gently blow out the flame, allowing it to smoulder.
Guidance of smoke can be achieved through using a feather smudge wand or just using your hands. Move the smoke to different areas of the room including corners, inside closets and under furniture.
in each direction of the compass is important. Also, be sure to allow the wood to produce enough smoke to fill the air. Though palo santo wood and sage are the same in regards to meaning behind smudges and ability of use in this situation, there are some perks to palo santo wood that sage does not share.
It is important to ensure you have a fire-proof container for resting the palo santo as well as extinguishing the flame once your smudging practice is complete. Many cultures who use palo santo or sage for smudging choose to use an abalone shell, which symbolizes the presence of water, thereby balancing the remaining elements of air, fire and earth. By the same element system,
Always use caution and respect when working with fire and herbs.