Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. Related to Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copal, it is part of the citrus family carrying notes of pine, mint and lemon.
Palo Santo is wild crafted, sustained, and harvested by a family that has planted over 30,000 trees in the area over the last 10 years. We use the wood of the tree much like sage (to cleans the energy – see below) and from the dead trees or fallen branches, a unique essential oil is made.
Like sage and cedar, palo santo is strong medicine. The smoke cleans, or grounds, the air. This pleasant fresh smelling smoke works well to keep flying insects away – mosquitoes especially, while it raises your vibration and allows for a deeper connection to Source. Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open.
Healing: Palo Santo is used to relieve the common cold, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflamtion and emotional pain.
To light your stick: Use a candle, match or lighter . Hold the stick at a 45 degree angle pointing the tip into the flame. Allow the stick to burn for 30 to 60 seconds, then blow the flame out. Move the smoke with a feather or your hand. When finished, place the stick in a fire safe bowl and allow the glow to end on its own.
It’s been awhile since I last wrote anything for the blog. Since the beginning of April I have been traveling. I’ve been to Germany; California; Grants Pass, Florence and Newport, OR. And I have one more short tripstill to go.
Each trip has been different and unique with their own lessons and fun times. That said, all that coming and going is a bit disquieting and tiring and it’s hard to stick to any kind of routine.
During the trip to Florence, I was with a great group of women. We stopped at Sweet Creek Falls to try the practice of Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing. It is simply just being in the forest. You take your time, walk slowly, breathe, open all your senses and experience being in nature.
Sweet Creek Falls was perfect for this. There weren’t many other people there, the hike is easy and there are 11 waterfalls to see if you hike the whole trail, about 3 miles round trip. We took our time, stopped when we felt like it, took pictures, looked at plants and birds, relaxed and enjoyed being out in the forest.
Just that short amount of time spent out in nature and really being present has made such a difference in my attitude, my overall peace of mind and my sense of joy. I still have lots to do, but I feel more at peace, unhurried and at ease.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend you try Shinrin-Yoku and soak in the essence of the forest.