Palo Santo 10 Years Aged Apx 4in

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Palo Santo, meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree growing throughout Central and South America. Palo Santo is used in South America in the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America- to clear negative energy and to cleanse the space. Palo Santo is different than other smudging materials as it is fragrant in its raw form and does not need to be lit. Although it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is often used by shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies. The smoke that emits from a lit stick is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear their aura and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.

Traditionally, only the fallen branches and twigs of the tree are harvested, and this practice is regulated by the government of Peru to ensure that the trees do not become overharvested. Unfortunately, as Palo Santo has become more popular, the illegal harvesting and cutting of trees has also greatly increased. Consequently, if you are purchasing wild harvested Palo Santo, it is important to do so from an ethical source.

All Palo Santo from Ragnar’s Rocks come from a farm in Peru where naturally occurring Palo Santo trees grow. Ragnar has been visiting the farm for many years and has developed a close relationship with the farmers in this region and is one of the only traders allowed on the land.

A tree or fallen branches must lie dead for 4-10 years before the medicinal and mystical properties of the wood come alive. It is also believed that the branches of the Palo Santo that are felled by lightning have the highest concentration of these medicinal and mystical properties.

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