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What is Palo Santo?

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We had heard of the Palo Santo before starting the Unik by Nature adventure, but never tried it ... We wonder how we missed this little wonder of Nature? ... It has become the favorite natural incense of the whole family, kids and parents quickly adopted this sacred stick and the sweet smoke it gives off when it lit. 

But where does Palo Santo come from? 

Palo Santo is a sacred wood that comes from the magic tree Palo Santo, native to the coast of South America. Its name literally means sacred staff or holy staff. In the South American region of Gran Chaco, only fallen branches are harvested from the Palo Santo tree, making a product harvested in a sustainable and responsible way. Since ancient times, the dead parts of this sacred wood have been used as a spiritual remedy for purifying and cleansing ceremonies, believing that the spirits of Palo Santo are flying in the air. 

The origin of the use of Palo Santo is very old; it was used by Incas shamans in religious and spiritual rituals, as a tool to attract luck and ward off any sign of negativity, and as a means of obtaining better spiritual communication with their gods. 

Its essence was used to treat skin and muscle problems; the wood soot was used to treat external wounds, and bark decoctions were used to treat stomach problems. 

How do we use it?

The smoke from the stick of Palo Santo diffuses a unique and useful fragrance. To do this, just light your Palo Santo stick at its end using a lighter or a candle flame (we recommend the latter method) and let it burn for 30 seconds until you get some red embers. Then, gently blow on the flame so that your stick begins to diffuse the purifying white smoke. Put it in a bowl so that the smoke continues to spread around you or discover more space by moving around in different rooms. Palo Santo diffuses a captivating, sweet and woody fragrance and can also be used as a mosquito repellent during summer evenings.



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