Palo Santo Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Bursera Graveolens
Composition of Oil: (+)-Limonene, (+)-Menthofuran, a-Terpineol, Carvone, Germacrene D
Plant Part: Wood
Scent: Woody, Sweet, and Slightly Fruity
Color: Clear - Pale Yellow
Perfumery Note: Middle
Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Suitable Blending Oils: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and other wood oils.
Historical Background of Palo Santo Essential Oil
Palo Santo essential oil is the product of the wood of a wild tree indigenous to Peru, Yucatán Peninsula, and Venezuela. Old civilizations of these regions considered the tree’s wood and essential oil sacred and made them a necessary part of their rituals. The word “Palo Santo” has its roots in Spanish linguistics, which means a “holy stick.”
We obtain the wood of this wild tree and extract Palo Santo essential oil after passing the wood through a steam-distillation process. The oil has a woody, sweet, and a little bit fruity odor, and its color is a clear pale yellowish type.
Ancient Uses of Palo Santo Essential Oil
The uses of Palo Santo essential oil can be traced back to 100 B.C. when religious figures mark the Palo Santo tree and its oil as a rich source of ritual purification. Ordinary people also used the oil in tons of traditional herbal medicines for several ailments. The oil provided many more rejuvenating benefits to its users, from relieving muscular and stomach aches to clear negative energy. Additionally, Palo Santo oil was also used to repel mosquitos and deter ants, flies, and other tiny worms, including fleas, crickets, lice, etc.
Modern Uses of Palo Santo Essential Oil
For decades, Palo Santo essential oil has been used both individually and commercially due to its medicinal and therapeutic properties. The abundance of the oil uses is the result of the unique chemical composition of it, discovered by latest scientific research.
- Limonene – While diffused during yoga or meditation, the oil helps reduce stress and anxiety levels leaving your body and mind in a calm and relaxed condition. The oil is can also be applied to the skin to ease muscular pain. All these positive changes happen to the oil’s users because of the existence of Limonene in it.
- Carvone – Carvone is a component that works well against different insects. High amounts of Carvone in the oil enable it to be an integral part of many commercially available pesticides and insecticides.
Best Blending Partners
Many essential oils go well with Palo Santo essential oil if you want to get some extra edge of the oil properties. These oils include but are not limited to Cedarwood, Rose, Vetiver, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and Lemon Balm essential oils.
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Caution: Beware of excessive use as it may lead to nausea and headaches. For topical use, always dilute the oil with a carrier oil. We do not suggest the internal use of any essential oils. Keep it out of children’s reach. It is not recommended for a pregnant woman without a proper prescription by a specialist.