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Palo Santo (Holy Wood) Essential Oil

Bursera graveolens

Complex therapeutic and energetic benefits. Known as  Holy or Saint Wood.

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Essential Facts

Notes & Use

What Stillpoint "Nose"

The wood from the Palo Santo Tree has been used since antiquity by the Incas as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing. It is said to cleanse a space of negative energies. We find the same holds true for the essential oil.
The name Palo Santo means Saint Wood or Holy Wood. The oil is distilled from the fallen dead branches and the remains of standing dead trees. The wood matures over time after the tree has died, developing a chemistry that makes for a very powerful essential oil. What we find to be very interesting is that the same chemistry does not occur in cut branches or the wood of cut trees. So it said that the spirits of the sacred Palo Santo trees are carried in the essential oil and are part of what makes the oil so potent.
We have found that Palo Santo is invaluable in assisting one with meditation and their own spiritual connection. It is very effective when working with the 1st - Root Chakra which deals with survival and living on the planet, the 6th chakra – Brow Chakra which deals with the spiritual gift of vision and how we see ourselves and others an how we see the world, the 7th – Crown Chakra , which deals with our higher information and connection to Divine energy, and the 8th chakra (which sits above the head) and is considered pure soul essence and energy.
We have also used this oil for its energetic protective qualities for our home as well as our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. We find it to be very helpful when dealing with depression and anxiety.
For the physical body we have found this oil to be very effective for colds, flu, sinus infections and especially asthma as well as muscular aches and pain. This is due to its extremely high content of limonene (a monoterpene). We have also had wonderful success combining this oil with frankincense for migraines and headaches in general.
It is a wonderful wound healer both on the energetic and physical realms.

Traditional Use of Palo Santo (Holy Wood)

Palo Santo is traditionally used in South America as an antiseptic and to remove impurities from the skin and body and home. It is used to clear homes of "bad energy" and bring in good fortune.
It is a great oil for skin infections and helpful in cases of acne especially when combined with other skin healing essential oils like Carrot Seed, Helichrysum Italicum, and Manuka.
Palo Santo is used for calming panic attacks and anxiety. It is a mood uplifter and quite helpful with depression especially when combined with other anti depressive oil such as Blood Orange, Frankincense or Neroli.
It is a good repellent for mosquitoes and other insects. Palo Santo has a pleasant aroma which is plus when needing an insect repellent.
It’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities make it a good remedy for headaches and migraines as well alleviating pain from tight muscles and restricted joints.
Palo Santo wood is harvested under government supervision by the natives of the Peruvian jungle . No trees are destroyed in the collection of the wood used by our distiller. The wood is ethically harvested.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Palo Santo (Holy Wood)

  • Expansive yet grounding
  • Connection to higher dimensions
  • Energetic protection 
  • Brings good luck
  • Clearing self and home of negative or shadow energies
  • Supports meditation and invites higher consciousness
  • Calms and quells anxiety… helps quite the mind and invites stillness
Recipes & Blends

Recipes and Blends

Meditative Connective Blend
  • 6 drops Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
  • 2 drops Sandalwood(Santalum spicatum) 
  • 3 drops Jasmine (Jasmine grandifloram) 
  • 2 drop Neroli (Citrus var amara)

Blend above oils undiluted. Can be used in a diffuser. This recipe will yield one or two diffusing sessions. Can also be used in an inhaler or blend in 1 ounce of lotion or your favorite carrier oil.

Migraine Headache Blend
  • 10 drops Palo Santo
  • 10 drops Franckincense
  • 3 drops Peppermint
Blend undiluted together. Place one or two drops on back of neck and on wrists.
Safety Etc.

Safety Information for Palo Santo (Holy Wood)

No known safety concerns associated with this essential oil. May cause skin sensitization if oil is oxidized.  The levels of ether, methofuran, are too small to cause any concern.


Anisman-Reiner, V. Suite 101 Palo Santo Essential Oil. http://www.suite 101.com. May 6, 2008. Accessed February 14, 2011.


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