palo santo wood
Palo Santo is a very interesting plant native to South America, that has a long history of use by native peoples for healing and ceremonial purposes. It has a beautiful sweet and woody aroma when burnt. The wood is believed to bring many benefits including healing and spiritual properties.
Palo santo is said to correlate beautifully with the heart, to help open the space and release what no longer serves.
Each piece is approximately 10cm long x 1cm thick and can be used many times over.
The wood can be burnt as incense and is also commonly used as a smudge stick.
It works to cleanse and purify the air. As well as to clear negative and stagnant energy that can become 'stuck' in our homes and our auras.
Start by opening all of your windows then stand at the front door of your home. Have a heatproof bowl or shell to catch any ashes.
Light the end of your palo santo stick with a match or lighter. Then hold it at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down towards the flame. Allow the stick to burn for 30 seconds to a minute and then blow it out. From there you can either place the stick in an incense burner and leave to smoulder, or you can use it for smudging.
Smudge your body first - to cleanse your aura - start by moving the smudge around your head and move down towards your toes.
As you walk around, be mindful of the intentions you'd like to set for each room of the home. For example, in the kitchen 'this room will provide the nourishment my body desires'.
Then walk from room to room, making sure to smudge into cupboards , wardrobes and the corners of each room - where energies can become trapped. Be mindful of the intentions you'd like to set for each room of the home as you walk around smudging.
Allow any ash to collect in your bowl/shell.
Once you've finished, to extinguish your stick, place in a dish of sand. Ensure there are no embers left burning. Then store in a safe, dry place out of the sun.
Be sure to leave the windows open for a couple of hours afterwards to really solidify the cleansing process.