Palo Santo (translates as Holy Wood) has to die naturally in order for its aroma to emerge. Palo Santo then has to mature for at least three years before it can be harvested. It is in this process that this Holy Wood continues to give generously even in death.
I believe this aromatic wood offers a perspective of what true generosity and continuous giving is all about as well as helps tap into our infinite well. Palo Santo can support us through challenging times—when we feel tired, when we feel exhausted and when we feel limited in how much we can continue to do for ourselves and others.
Not only is the aroma cleansing to the mind and spirit, but Palo Santo also clears away low frequency and negative vibrations. The aroma invites us to tap into our capacities of unconditional love in our giving and receiving, just as the tree did and does through its cycle. It supports a clear mind for meditation and supports a healthy immune system.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, Palo Santo Oil will alleviate problems caused by the Vata (Wind) and Kapha (Phlegm) doshas. It also has beneficial uses to alleviate the Pitta (Fire) dosha in certain circumstances.
- By balancing ‘wind,’ Palo Santo will assist in slowing down the overly active mind and will support tranquility and peacefulness.
- By balancing ‘phlegm,’ palo santo helps to lighten tendencies of sluggishness, complacency and melancholy. It’s mood uplifting and supports heightened energy (prana) in the body.
- When ‘fire’ infiltrates the joints and muscles, causing pain and tension, Palo Santo can be a healing gem.
- Perhaps most importantly, Palo Santo is primarily sattvic. Therefore, when used regularly, it purifies the channels of the mind and elevates the spirit.