Palo Santo Wood - Wildcrafted Smudge by Anima Mundi Apothecary
Palo Santo is a magical tree that grows near the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name translates to “Holy Wood - Tree of Life." Palo Santo is traditionally used to purify spaces and move stagnant energy.
Why we love it: This palo santo is 100% ethically harvested from Peru. Anima Mundi works directly with a small native family from the Lambayeque - Chiclayo Región in northern Peru. They ethically harvest from naturally fallen and aged trees (minimum of four years), while replanting in the wild. The family they work with have been stewards of this preserved land for generations, and have been caretaking these trees in a sacred manner for 100+ years. BE AWARE that most palo santo you see in the markets are not ethically harvested from naturally fallen and dead trees, nor directly supporting indigenous families to receive livable wages.
To use: 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 seconds to 1 minute and then blow out. Use anywhere you would like to clear the energy. The smell will also bring peace and clarity to the moment along with good vibes.