Palo santo sticks are made from branches that have been respectfully harvested from the sacred and beautifully fragrant Palo Santo tree, or Bursera graveolens, which belongs to the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh. This tree grows naturally throughout Central and South America, and it has been worshipped there as a sacred plant for millennia, for its purifying and healing powers. It is widely used in the region in ceremonies and rituals to promote healing and purification, to clear bad energies and to bring good fortune. It is also used in traditional herbal medicine for a range of purposes, from easing pain and inflammation to addressing infections in different systems of the body. There is also a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating the antimicrobial, anti-tumour and anti-mosquito properties of the essential oil contained in the bark.
Our palo santo sticks are sustainably harvested from Palo santo trees in Ecuador. They are collected in projects implemented by local communities to preserve their traditional livelihoods and protect the Amazon rainforest.