2 Sage & 20 Palo Santo sticks Holiday Sack
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|How to Use
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 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 black smoke as if 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 moved 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 relight the sticks as many times as needed. When the sticks are dark, burnt looking, they will work just as well and will be just as fragrant if not more.
Palo Santo is a sacred incense used by Andean and Amazonian shamans in Peru. Palo Santo has been used all over South America; the smoke of this wood for cleansing the energy of a person or a place, especially in ceremonies in the jungle. The smell of 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.