“Holy Wood”: The History and Benefits of Palo Santo
Uplift your spirit and infuse your home with the sophisticated, earthy scent of the holy wood! Offering a soothing, aromatherapy experience, its sophisticated, earthy aroma is Rahua’s signature scent! Burn one end and allow the resinous smoke to energize and clear the energy of your space. Now available on Rahua.com, our Palo Santo Incense Sticks are sustainably harvested from Ecuadorian forests using traditional methods.
Palo Santo, which translates to “Holy Wood” from Spanish, is a wild tree native to South America, including Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and the Galapagos Islands. Named scientifically as Bursera Graveolens, the tree is around 60 feet tall, with a crown of small leaves and a great number of branches and small fruits! It is part of the citrus tree family, and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. The wood’s benefits are only useful when the tree has died a natural death by its own old age and completes its natural path of decomposition.
Prized by shamans since the Incan era, the Palo Santo sticks are used for its spiritual purifying properties to cleanse of “mala energía” (bad energy). It is said that its uplifting scent helps with meditation and relaxation, enhances creativity, and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
Also known for its healing properties, the holy wood is traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, emotional pain and more. Its fresh smoke keeps away mosquitoes and other flying insects, a prime use for the people in Ecuador and Peru.
We are so excited to bring one of our key ingredients in its original form to the Rahua community! Our box includes seven incense sticks for you to enjoy for a long time, as it takes months to completely burn just one. Light a stick and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds to a minute, and then blow out and let it smoke.
Find Palo Santo oil in our Classic Shampoo and Conditioner, Control Cream, Cream Wax, and in our treatments such as our Elixir, Elixir Daily Hair Drops, Leave-In Treatment, Detox & Renewal Treatment, as well as our Body Care Collection including our Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Amazon Oil.
Learn more about our natural ingredients at our new Ingredients Glossary!