Palo Santo (‘ Holy Wood’) is harvested from Busera Graveolens tree 5-8 years after its natural fall. It is found abundantly in the Americas. Related to the Frankincense plant, Palo Santo is used for smudging and setting sacred space. Our Palo Santo is sustainably sourced from plantations, and not from wild stock.
Is palo santo endangered?
Palo santo is not endangered. In December 2019, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the first time released a review of bursera graveolens’s conservation status and declared it “of least concern.” (Please read NYTimes article here for more information)
Whilst many people associate the practice of smudging with Native Americans, many cultures incorporate similar rituals into their spiritual beliefs. No matter what plant, resin or incense is being burnt, performing a smoking or smudging ceremony is recognised as an effective way to clear old, stale, or negative energy from one’s environment. Some people also use this spiritual practice to clear unwanted spirits or psychic imprints from their surroundings.