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Palo Santo Oil

Palo Santo Essential Oil ProfilePalo Santo is a revered tree native to South America. It is considered a cousin to Frankincense Oil because both share similar constituents (primarily Limonene), slightly similar aromas and because both have similar applications.

Palo Santo Essential Oil is gaining more widespread use within holistic aromatherapy, but not a whole lot is documented yet about its use.

Strips of Palo Santo
Palo Santo Wood Pieces

Loosely translated, Palo Santo means Holy Wood. Palo Santo has been used for hundreds of years by native shamans for spiritual applications. For those that integrate essential oils within meditation, prayer or other spiritual applications, Palo Santo is an oil to pay close attention to. I personally find the oil to be particularly grounding and calming, and I see it as an important oil for use within Chakra applications. I am repeatedly reading that use of the oil or burning of the wood can help clear a space of negativity.

The aroma of Palo Santo is uniquely sweet and woody. Palo Santo Essential Oil reminds me of an intoxicating combination of frankincense, atlas cedar, sweetgrass, lemon and a subtle hint of mint.

Emotionally, Palo Santo Oil is grounding and elicits a sense of peacefulness and calm. I can see the possibility for Palo Santo Oil to be helpful for anxiety, emotional trauma and depression.

Palo Santo Oil
Palo Santo Oil

Botanical Name: Bursera Graveolens

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Wood

Color: Clear - Pale Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, citrusy and slightly minty.

Palo Santo Oil Uses: Highly regarded for spiritual applications, uses within vibrational work and clearing negativity. Insect repellent. Possible use for coughs, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments.

Major Constituents:
Germacrene D
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[D.G. Young, S. Chao, H. Casabianca, et al. Essential Oil of Bursera graveolens (Kunth) Triana et Planch from Ecuador. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 19, 2007), 525-526. Web site: Aromatics International. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 379.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Palo Santo Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 379.]

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