Palo Santo Smudge Sticks
The Witches Sage

Palo Santo Smudge Sticks

Regular price $6.25

Palo Santo means "holy wood" and has been used as a deeply aromatic incense by the Incas and people of the Andes for centuries. Its purpose is to purify and cleanse, and to get rid of evil spirits and influences. Bag contains 6 sticks, which is approximately 1.3 ounces. Each stick is about 4 inches long and half an inch wide. Source country: Peru. Sustainably harvested from fallen trees, with a new tree planted for each one harvested.

Palo Santo, literally meaning “holy wood” in Spanish, is a tree that is widely distributed throughout Central and South America. Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America- to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. Palo Santo is different than many of the other smudging materials as it is fragrant in its raw form and does not necessarily need to be lit, though it usually is when being used for ceremonial purposes. Palo Santo is often used by Amazonian shamans in sacred plant spirit ceremonies; the rising smoke of the lit sticks is believed to enter the energy field of ritual participants to clear misfortune, negative thoughts and to chase away evil spirits. Its use reportedly dates back to the Inca era.

The Palo Santo tree belongs to the Burseraceae family which also includes Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal.

Traditionally, only the fallen branches and twigs of the tree are harvested, and this practice is regulated by the government of Peru to ensure that the trees do not become overharvested. Unfortunately, as Palo Santo has become more popular, the illegal harvesting and cutting of trees has also greatly increased. Consequently, if you are purchasing wildharvested Palo Santo, it is important to do so from an ethical wildcrafter. The Palo Santo offered by Mountain Rose Herbs comes from a 50 acre farm in Ecuador that contains both naturally occurring and replanted Palo Santo. They have replanted over 5000 Palo Santo trees on the land so far to ensure adequate supply for the future.

It is believed that a tree or fallen branches must lie dead for 4-10 years before the medicinal and mystical properties of the wood begin to come alive. It is also believed that the branches of the Palo Santo that are felled by lightning have the highest concentration of medicinal and mystical properties.

The Witches Sage and its owner, can not guarantee the outcome of any ritual or spell with the use of our products. The products are only intended for use as aids in spiritual and ritual work. The Witches Sage and its owner are not responsible for any harm, damages, and loses resulting from the use of products from my shop. Purchasing my product signifies your acceptance of this statement and releases me from all liability.

Do not leave incense, candles and/or charcoal disks burning unattended.

Always keep candles in a safe place away from flammable objects, children, and pets. Use a fire safe dish or plate to set candles on.

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