The spirit of Palo Santo (“Holy Wood” in Spanish), oh how I LOVE this plant spirit! Palo Santo has an incredible uplifting, yet calming, sweet and sensual scent, raising your vibration and bringing you into your body; intoxicating really.
He's both grounding and expansive, a beautiful connection between the Root and Heart Chakras. The spirit, both medicinal and therapeutic, works to cleanse and purify negative energies, while simultaneously attracting positive energy; this process increases our ability to concentrate and enhances meditation.
Physically, Palo Santo can relieve symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, inflammation and emotional trauma. Other uses include: setting and sealing intentions, cleansing crystals & jewelry and acting as a mosquito repellent.
FUN FACTS: There are both male and female Palo Santo trees and they grow in groups - one male and eight females. The lone male outlives the females by a long shot! The females tend to live 40-50 years while the male can live up to 200 years. Their wood has distinct characteristics: wood from the female is yellow, solid and heavy, whereas that of the male is white, hollow, fragile and light. CLEARING & CLEANSING PRAYER*Light your Palo Santo stick, letting it burn for about 30 seconds before blowing it out. Once the flame is out, continue to blow on the embers to keep it lit.
Start the clearing by calling in the spirit of Palo Santo and asking that he/she commune with you in clearing away any negative energies that you’ve taken on or are carrying from the day prior or the am (if you woke up feeling off). *Cleanse yourself first, all while speaking to the plant and asking for it to make room for new positive energy and blessings. Then cleanse the rest of your space. *At the end, when you feel you’re finished, thank the plant spirit for its medicine