Compared to its cousins Frankincense and Myrrh, Palo Santo flies just under the radar. Interestingly enough, Palo Santo means "holy wood", not to be confused with that entertainment district in California though.
However, its fame goes back hundreds of years as an incense commonly used in spiritual practices, ritualistic medicine, and in cleansing and purifying rituals.
Native to South America, the oil is steam distilled from what remains of a dead Palo Santo tree. Yup, its benefits are unlocked only long after its death. A bit poetic and mysterious, right?
Today, you can rely on it as a natural air freshener and oil massage!
Blends Well With: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and other wood oils
Palo santo (Bursera graveolens) wood oil
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Add 2-4 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water to your diffuser. Some oils may require 4-8 drops to be added.
Add 3-10 drops of essential oil to a personal inhaler to inhale as needed.
Essential oils should always be diluted before applying to the skin. Blend essential oil with coconut oil, almond oil or any other suitable carrier oil for massage.
Essential oils are natural, but they are also concentrated. We recommend following basic safety precautions when using your oils:
Essential oils should not be ingested, unless it is under the guidance of a suitably qualified practitioner.
Do not use oils undiluted on the skin, unless the instructions permit otherwise. Many oils can cause irritation when placed directly on skin, particularly on sensitive areas such as the eyes or mouth. Some oils (particularly those in the citrus family) can cause photosensitivity if used prior to going out in the sun - please check instructions carefully.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using essential oils. As a general guideline, oils should be avoided for the first four months of pregnancy and never used undiluted. Some oils should be avoided during pregnancy: Bay, Basil, Cedar wood, Clary Sage, Comfrey, Cypress, Fennel, Ginger, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage & Thyme.
Children can be particularly affected by essential oils. Some oils should not be used in children under the age of 7, and specific dilution ratios are recommended depending on the essential oil and the age of the child. We recommend consulting an appropriate practitioner prior to using oils on children.