For centuries cultures around the world have used incense to appease and honor their Gods and Goddesses. It is a practice seen in every religion and in every region of the world.
Native Americans throughout the Americas have long used smudge sticks for purification, honoring the Spirits and inducing psychic visions. A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs that are tied with sinew in the shape of a stick, or braided and tied together. When smudging, an individual would hold the smudge or place it in a bowl and use an eagle's feather to fan the smoke in an area or over a person.
The concepts behind all these ancient cultures and practices are found today in modern society. And not just in the societies descended from these cultures. As the west grew, so did the influx of immigrants bringing with them their many cultural and religious practices.
These aromas can enhance meditations or devotional activities as the fragrance of the incense lingers in the air. In meditation, an individual can pull in the aroma and energy of their chosen mixture and allow it to carry their conscious thoughts to a higher state of awareness. In doing so, the consciousness turns its control over to the subconscious and provides an opportunity for Divine Spirit connection and communication.
For this reason, incense can be a valuable tool for any spiritual practioner. Incense is used to heighten an individual's awareness, focus their thoughts, and bring about calm or healing energies during spiritual work. They are used for giving thanks and honoring spirits. Or they can be used to assist a practioner during meditation to achieve a particular goal.
When used to enhance energy, incense provides assistance to direct one's energy in a specified direction to work on self healing, Divine communication and even altering one's inner perceptions about the self to create a more positive and successful life. Of course incense cannot do this alone. But it can help create or enhance the desired energies. Many agree that lighting an incense starts this process of empowering an individuals thoughts or prayers into the blended herbs.
And many agree that the smoke of the incense carries the prayers or desires up and into the spirit world for manifestation. This is seen in Hebrew, Christian, Pagan and Native American practices. The smoke itself is the instrument or vehicle that carries the desired energy to the Divine Spirit.
Palo Santo - Holy 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.
CEREMONIAL BENEFITS –
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
Palo Santo is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. This Essential Oil is great for Aromatherapy and can also be used during massage work to assist in healing.
Great for calming the immune and nervous systems for faster recovery of illness. In essential oil form, it works well for physical pain and inflammation containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes that are useful for cancer symptoms.
The best part of this magical tree is that it is wild crafted and sustainably harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees back into the area over the last 10 years. The essential oil can only be extracted from dead trees and fallen branches using “Vapor Distillation” without the use of dangerous chemicals or solvents. This insures a high quality product cared for with Love and Respect.
100% Sustainable and Natural
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your stick of Palo Santo. Hold at about a 45 degree angle pointing the tip down toward the flame. Allow it to burn for about 30 secs to 1 minute and then blow out. Move about your workspace, home, car, bathroom or anywhere you would like to clear the energy. The rich smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good feelings . When finished, place the stick in a fire proof bowl of metal, glass or clay. The glow will end on its own unless you blow on the ember which will keep the smoke going. Always use caution and respect when working with fire.