Oil Summary: Palo Santo oil is derived from the Bursera Graveolens tree, known as “Palo Santo” in Spanish. This tree is native to the Gran Chaco region of South America and was used by the Incas to heal or rid negative energies. The essential oil is distilled from the heartwood of the tree and can only be harvested from heartwood that is at least two years of age, but can take longer than 10 years for the best quality oil. Palo Santo is known as an endangered species, especially in Peru, where the government enforces strict harvesting practices. Only branches and trees that die or fall naturally may be harvested for use. This is to ensure that none of the trees are cut down for wood harvesting. Palo Santo essential oil is thin and generally a middle note in perfumery. Again, aromatically, Palo Santo is known to help relieve negative energy and increase feelings of calm and peacefulness. Palo Santo essential oil is an excellent addition to your body care products, personal perfume, and workspace. Its aroma is sweet and uplifting, and using it can help you recover from pain, inflammation, and respiratory ailments. However, Palo Santo’s aroma is relatively potent. If you intend to diffuse it, ensure your room is well ventilated.
Botanical Name: Bursera Graveolens
Plant Origin: Ecuador
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Heartwood
Odor and Color: Yellow to light brown with a strong aroma that is fresh, woody with a hint of citrus.
Contraindication: Palo Santo essential oil is safe to use topically. However, always dilute it with a carrier oil to avoid skin irritation. A patch test is recommended, especially if you are using the oil for the first time. In case of any irritation, wash off the oil with cold water and stop using it immediately. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using Palo Santo essential oil. Palo Santo is known to cause uterine contractions, which may lead to a miscarriage. Palo Santo is a concentrated essential oil. Always keep your bottle out of your children’s reach as it can irritate their sensitive skin. Finally, Palo Santo contains Limonene, which is considered harmful to pets. Avoid using this oil around your dog.