Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America, in Peru and Ecuador. It is closely related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, Palo Santo translates as ‘Holy or Sacred Wood’. It has been used for hundreds of years for it’s cleansing, spiritual, healing and medicinal properties. it is used in shamanic rituals to relieve negative or stuck energy and to raise frequency and uplift space.
The mystical and sacred properties of Palo Santo are created through an alchemical process which begins as soon as the tree or branch dies only by natural causes. It often takes 4-10 years for the complete metamorphosis which produces its aromatic and fragrant scent.
Directions for use:
Palo Santo wood is traditionally used as incense. One end of the wood is lit and allowed to burn to develop a flame. Once wafted out, the wood will smoke as it gently burns down. Repeat as needed.
A Palo Santo tree lives for approximately 80 years and the wood is only used once the tree has been dead for 4-10 years. Our suppliers work with the local and tribal people to ensure the wood is sustainably harvested from fallen limbs or trees that have died naturally and been left for the time needed for its special properties to develop. This Palo Santo was sustainably harvested from a tree that died naturally and a new tree was planted in its place.
Californian White Sage
White Sage, also known as Salvia Apiana, comes from the coastal mountains of California. It is an evergreen perennial native to the Southwestern United States. This Sacred herb has been used for centuries by Native American tribes in rituals of cleansing, healing and removing negative energies.
Directions for use:
Hold the end of the Sage smudge stick at a 45-degree angle over a flame. Once the end is lit, let the Sage burn visibly for approximately 20 seconds. Waft out the flame and allow it to smolder. Repeat as needed. If the Sage is difficult to light, untie the string and unravel it a little bit. Occasionally, the sage bundle can be too tight and needs a little more oxygen to ignite the flame.
Our Californian White Sage has been ethically and sustainably sourced from the Juniper Ridge collective. Everything they make comes from the mountains or the deserts of western USA with preservation of wilderness in mind. All of their aromatics and herbs come from the wild and are always sustainably and responsibly harvested. Plants are not killed for harvest, they prune the larger shrubs and trees and often revisit the same plants in subsequent years. The sages is trimmed at the clusters near the green stem, above the woody section. Harvesting this way means new clusters will appear the following year.