Palo Santo is known as “holy wood’ and is derived from very specific trees in Peru. Monks will allow the trees to grow to their full age of 80-90 years at which point they await the tree to fall and preserve the trunk for another 2-5 years allowing the essential oils to infuse into the hard wood.
The burning of Palo Santo has been used to purify energies, in ceremony and rituals to protect from negative energies, bring clarity + healing to our spiritual body, and make way for us to connect with our higher purpose in meditation.
How to Smudge
Prepare a fire resistant dish, shell, or vessel with sand to hold your smudge stick/sage or to extinguish it once you have completed your clearing. Light your smudge at one end until it is full in flame and then gently wave or blow the flame out resulting in a smudging smoke.
To cleanse the energies of a space open a door and a window to allow the energies to flow freely as you clear that, which no longer serves your higher purpose. Prepare your smudge and vessel as described above. Begin the clearing from the door of the space you wish to clear and the move around the room along the wall until you have completed a full pass of the space. Once you have completed the round you can place your smudge stick in fire resistant vessel to smolder at the center of the room and begin your meditation practice or be sure to fully extinguish the sage smudge if you plan to leave the space.
To cleanse a person, you will prepare sage smudge and vessel as above. Begin the smudging from the feet of yourself or another on the front side of the body and concluding on the back pane of yourself or friend. Don’t forget to clear the space above making way for your higher purpose!
This listing is for one piece of Palo Santo measuring approximately 4 inches in length