Palo Santo is considered a sacred tree that grows in Central and South America. Wood from this tree is used in these areas much like Sage is used in North America.
It's believed that smudging with Palo Santo sticks can can help improve your mood, relieve stress and even improve your quality of sleep. it helps bring positivity to your person and your home while creating an uplifting atmosphere around you. While Sage is great for removing negativity, Palo Santo helps replace it with positive vibes.
To use Palo Santo Smudge Sticks, you simply light the end of the stick and blow it out quickly to create a smoldering smoke. This smoke can then be directed around your body and into the space you wish to cleanse by simply waving your hand in front of it or directing it with a feather.
Always make sure the lit stick has some sort of bowl or dish under it while lit to catch any falling ashes or embers. Abalone shells are great for this but any vessel will do.
Before you begin to cleanse your space, set your mind to your intention. Personally, I smudge my house once a week and my property once a month. My intention with Palo Santo is to invite in Joy, Peace, and Love.
I feel it's also best to open windows when you smudge to allow any negative energy to leave your home and to ensure you aren't breathing in the smoke directly. You can use a mantra if you'd like. It doesn't need to be said out loud if you aren't comfortable. I've used the same one for years that speaks to me, "Joy, Love, and Peace, surround me and my space."
When you're done with your smudging ritual, make sure the stick is fully extinguished. You can then save the rest of the stick for next time.
Remember that smudging is sacred and should always be treated with respect and positive intentions.
Additionally, it's important to know where your Palo Santo Sticks come from. This tree is in danger due to over harvesting which has caused the government of Peru to place restrictions on it, allowing only harvesting to come from fallen, dead trees. It was important to me to find a supplier I could trust in this regard and believe me, I did my research, so you don't have to.
My Palo Santo Sticks come in packs of 6.
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