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Palo Santo

Palo santo (Bursera graveolens) is a tree that’s native to Peru, Ecuador, and other South American countries. It grows in dry tropical forests and produces very fragrant resin. In Spanish, palo santo means “holy wood.”

For thousands of years, the wood, resin, and oil have been used for medicinal purposes. It’s mainly used to treat pain and stress. It’s also said to clear negative energy and is great to repel mosquitos, reduces pain such as arthritis, headaches and throat pain and easing stress. The wood can be burned as incense, which is what we sell.


Although palo santo has become very popular, the tree isn’t endangered. It’s listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. This means the palo santo population is stable and not endangered.


In Peru, Palo Santo has to be certified as Phytosanitary before it can be exported. This verifies that the agricultural products (Palo Santo) have been inspected and are pest and disease free and pose no threat to the natural environment that it is entering. We also only use wood from fallen branches that ensures no harm to the tree itself.