Premium Quality Incense Sticks
Directly imported from Manabí- Ecuador, South America.
4.3 Inches / 10.16 cm. long by 0.4 Inches / 1cm. thickness approximately each stick.
How to Use Palo Santo:
-Hold the stick tilting down over a flame for about 30 seconds to a minute; you can use a lighter, match or even a candle. The more resin, the longer you’ll need to let it burn to ignite it properly as the resins burn off. Highly resinous sticks may drip, what may appear as an oil, from the wood as you light it. This does not mean it is dipped in oil; these are the natural resins inherent in the wood itself.
-Gently blow out the flame by either slightly moving the stick side to side or blowing on it carefully. When you first light the wood, it may burn with a black smoke as it is on fire. Once you blow it out, you will see the white “cleansing and fragrant” smoke. When lit on fire, it heats the oils inside the wood and releases them and burns off.
-The stick can then be placed on a holder or dish or move around the area you wish to cleanse and allow the smoke to drift. Palo Santo sticks are not meant to be lit for a long period of time; if needed, you may relit the sticks as many times as needed. When the sticks are dark, burnt looking, they will work just as good and will be just as fragrant, if not more.
Common uses of Palo Santo:
The Shamans in Ecuador and all over South America use the smoke of this wood for cleansing the energy of a person or a place, especially in ceremonies in the jungle. The smell of the Palo Santo puts you in a good meditative state. Drinking the tea of this wood is good for stimulating the immune system and fighting inflammation. Burning dried wood from the “mystical” palo santo tree and collecting its concentrated oils have been widely used in folk medicines and by shamans (“medicine men”) for centuries because of the tree’s perceived spiritual applications.
The wood from palo santo trees is also commonly burnt as incense and used to make a natural mosquito repellent (like citronella oil) because it possesses aromatic resins and volatile oils. Burned similarly to other incense, by lighting shavings of palo santo wood, the smell keeps bugs and spiritual “bad energy” away, according to mystics.
Palo Santo Benefits Immunity and Lowers Inflammation
Today, palo santo trees are widely grown and collected so their wood can be used to produce bottled essential oil using steam distillation. Aside from its mental health applications, palo santo offers promising benefits when it comes to raising immunity and fighting illness.
As a rich supply of antioxidants and phytochemicals called terpenes, including limonene and α-terpineol, concentrated palo santo oil is effective for fighting free radical damage(also called oxidative stress), relieving stomach aches, fighting stress, reducing pains due to arthritis and healing many other conditions. Particularly, it’s been gaining attention for being a natural cancer treatment for inflammatory diseases.
An analysis of steam-distilled palo santo oil (using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) showed that the major active constituents include: limonene (89.33 percent), α-terpineol (11 percent), menthofuran (6.6 percent) and carvone (2 percent). Other beneficial compounds in smaller quantities include germacrene D, muurolene and pulegone.
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