Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Distillation Date: Apr 2015
Shelf Life: 4 years
Plant Part: Wood
Perfume Note: Middle
Aroma: Sweet, woody, balsamic, citrusy, nuance of spiceBlends well with: Ambrette, Amyris, Balsam of Peru, Buddha Wood, Cedarwood Himalayan, Frankincense carteri, Frankincense serrata, Guaiacwood, Myrrh, Orange Sweet, Sandalwood, Siam Wood, Spikenard Co2, Tangerine, Vetiver
Palo Santo, also called Holy Wood or Saint Wood, is from the botanical family Burseraceae making it a relative of Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi and other incense aroma producing trees. The difference between Palo Santo, Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi and others in the Burseraceae family is the essential oil of Palo Santo comes from wood opposed to resin.
The Palo Santo tree has a life span of about 40 years and then dies off. For premium quality aroma-therapeutic essential oil the naturally fallen wood remains 10 years additional to cure before being steam distilled. Only wild harvested trees that have fallen naturally are used for making this essential oil. The artisan distiller is actively involved in replanting Palo Santa trees and is a member of the Ecuadorian Palo Santo Reforestation Program.
There is confusion and erroneous information found on the internet stating Guaiacwood is Palo Santo. This is baffling because there is no genetic relationship. Guaiacwood
comes from a completely different botanical family, Zygophyllaceae, genus Bulnesia, species B. sarmientoi with a different aromatic profile. Giaiacwood and Palo Santo blend well together but do not smell the same. When shopping for Palo Santo or Guaiacwood be sure to check the botanical nomenclature to make sure you are not misled.
The artisan distiller of this amazing oil states uses by Ecuadorians include emotional well-being particularly anxiety, depression, fatigue, fear, grief, happiness, self-doubt, loneliness, panic attacks. This is a highly regarded essential oil for spiritual connecting.
The calming and grounding properties of Palo Santo essential oil make it ideal for enhancing meditation, chanting or to make spiritual connections, particularly when blended with Frankincense, Myrrh or Sandalwood.
Of major therapeutic interest are published studies of Bursera graveolens (Palo Santo) that suggest evidence of cancer inhibitory activities; “Bursera oil inhibited the growth of MCF-7 breast tumor cells as well as amastigotes of L. amazonensis. These results demonstrate that the essential oil from B. graveolens is a promissory antiproliferative product.”
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. This is clearly an essential oil to watch as more studies are concluded and we are able to learn more about specific therapeutic anti-cancer conduct.
Batch specific GC/MS report of our Palo Santo essential oil is available. Select option during checkout to include it with your order.
Aromatherapy use: acne, allergies, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, anti-depressant, anti-viral, arthritis, asthma, colds, coughs, decongestant, flu, headache, insect repellent, meditation and spiritual enhancement, migraine, muscular strains, panic attacks, rheumatism, sedative, stress, wounds
General use: Oil diffusers, potpourri, massage oil, natural perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils, wraps, masks and creams, aromatherapy soap and candle premium quality scenting
Contraindications: None known.