Okay, I know it says in my bio that I won’t get woo-woo on you, but, indulge me for a second. This isn’t going to get totally mystical on you per se, but maybe a touch. You will love it.
Meet Palo Santo wood.
Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo is loved for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage (we all have used a smudgestick at some point, admit it. I even used a smudge stick around an ex in past. I swear. Pretty funny to this about it now. Hey, maybe it worked).
It is used to get rid of those negative vibes. I will take whatever I can get to banish those neg vibes out of my space. Palo Santo creates a fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the main uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation (yes, woo- woo AF here). It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
Modern-day Palo Santo is pretty commonly sold as incense or along with other woo-woo type products, think rose quartz (the love crystal), chakra opening things… blah blah. You can bring a stick or two like you would with sage, when moving into a new home, to clear that yucky stale energy, or if you think you have a ghost (LOLZ). The smoke from the stick has a purifying, grounding effect that is said to increase your focus and good fortune, which is why people like to light a stick while meditating. Unlike incense sticks, you can reuse and reuse, the sticks do not burn out after one use. They also look pretty cool, if I do say so myself, in my little dish next to my bed.
I buy mine from one of my favorite stores here in Manhattan, Cap Beauty.
If nothing else, burning Palo Santo smells spectacular, a citrus-y, piney scent.