Although Palo Santo, from South America, was and continues to be used in spiritual ceremonies and rituals, don’t feel that you have to save it for a special occasion! This essential oil is loved by those who meditate, do yoga and by artists because it’s said to diminish negativity. You will feel calm, creative and focused when Palo Santo is near you.
Palo Santo, also known as “Holy Wood,” truly gives it’s all as the oil is collected from only old dead wood that has died a natural death. Some of the wood is used to create incense to ward off tiny outdoor nuisances. Some of the wood is cut into small pieces for cleansing and ceremonies. But some of the wood is used to create this calming essential oil that smells slightly of licorice and citrus. After several years of lying on the forest floor decomposing, the essential oil forms and the wood gives a high yield through steam distillation.
This essential oil does indeed seem to be an “old soul” because it has all the answers. It can be helpful for bumps, wounds, muscle, and joint discomfort and of course emotional distress and uneasiness. It also addresses seasonal threats as well. Due to its superior absorption ability, it’s wonderful in a massage blend to help with soreness. When diluting it would go along with some carrier oils that also absorb well such as Almond, Grapeseed, or Sunflower.
Palo Santo is rich in limonene, which is supportive to the immune system. It also helps with discomfort and swelling. Enjoy this relative of Frankincense and Myrrh in a relaxing bath salt or in a meditation blend.
Here is a blend for reflecting, yoga or quiet time;
Meditative Forest Master Blend
12 drops Palo Santo
10 drops Cedarwood
4 drops Cardamom
4 drops Copaiba
3 drops Vetiver
Combine these essential oils .
Or, add 4-8 drops to a diffuser,
Topically, dilute to 3% with a carrier oil for specific discomfort or dilute to 1% for an all over body massage.