Common English Name: Palo santo, “Holy wood.”
Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens.
Plant Family: Burseraceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the wood.
Origin: Mexico, countries in central America and south America.
Plant Description: An ancient, protected tree. Only the wood fallen from the tree naturally is used to produce the essential oil. The tree is considered sacred by local people.
Main Chemical Components: Limonene, menthofurane, and alpha-terpineol.
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, and sandalwood essential oils; carrier oils.
Uses: Calming, soothing, uplifting, meditative.
Fun Fact: Used for centuries by indigenous people as a spiritual remedy.
Cautions for Use: Do not use in pregnancy. Skin sensitivity may occur in some people.