Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree that is widely distributed throughout Central and South America.
Palo Santo is used to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.
The Palo Santo tree belongs to the Burseraceae family which also includes Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal.
Traditionally, only the fallen branches and twigs of the tree are harvested, and this practice is regulated by the government of Peru to ensure the trees do not become over-harvested.
It is believed that a tree or fallen branches must lie dead for 4-10 years before the medicinal and mystical properties of the wood begin to come alive.
It is also believed that the branches of the Palo Santo that are felled by lightning have the highest concentration of medicinal and mystical properties.