Palo Santo is a sacred tree that grows in select parts of South America. Translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means Wood of the Saints or Sacred Wood. It has been used for many centuries by shamans in ritual prayer, ceremonies, and healing. Like its close botanical cousins, Frankincense and Myrrh, it is rich in brain-oxygenating terpenes such as limonene and a-terpineol which give the Palo its uplifting and positive qualities.
Its use can be traced back to the ancient Incan Empire. It has a prevalent place in native ritualistic medicine, preferred by shamans and healers for its metaphysical properties of purification and clearing negativity. South American brother to our North American sage, natives customarily use Palo Santo as smudge sticks to shed "mala energia" or bad energy within their homes or around themselves.