PALO SANTO ..WHY IS SACRED? By Alisha Ortiz / Feb.2018
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Palo Santo (Sacred Wood, Holy Wood) uses and healing powers are so numerous that it has been part of the South American culture for centuries. Its smoke is so powerful that it has become a staple in sacred rituals, becoming an essential energy tool for Shamans and The Catholic Church. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon so its aroma is just incredible, very fresh, proving to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world.
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power.
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Palo Santo like any plant if is cultivated and harvested sustainable and with love becomes a special one. Many people were talking about that the best Palo Santo is the one that is wild harvested from fallen branches. Two years ago, I was visiting my dad's country of birth, Peru. One Saturday afternoon my Abuelita (Grand Mother) told me more about Palo Santo while smudging me, it was such an experience, a great moment of connection, a fusion of an unique aroma, smoke and the word "sagrado" coming from her, which my dad translated as "sacred", what she told me: That the more important part of the process of using this sacred wood is the intention, that during the smudging she decided to put all her love for me, asking the creator only good in whatever path I decide to walk later on in my life, she told me that she believes that this wood is sacred because is the connection between humans and the Great Creator, because it goes through a spiritual process during its life, when the tree reaches 40 years it makes noises during the nights, even when is not windy or rainy, so the person in charge that in most of the cases is the community healer who is legitimately spiritual understands the calling and communicates with the tree and decides to do a spiritual ceremony and a sacred dance around it before cutting down it. Also the ceremony involves the planting of two trees. It will take around 6 years for the wood to dry and cure. During this time the community healer will be in continuous communication with the tree. Amazing, isn't.
Is our 12 years old Andess Blogger, she loves travelling, specially those spiritual places like Kuelap, Daintree Rainforest and Machu Picchu. Half Turkish, Half Peruvian and Born in Australia, always is looking for better ways to understand people.
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