Palo Santo, Wildcrafted
Pure Therapeutic Palo Santo essential oil, Wildcrafted
Botanical name : Bursera graveolens
Extraction method / Source : Steam Distilled / Central wood of fallen branches
Aroma : Musky, intense woody, citrus undertone
Note : Top, Middle Odor Intensity : 8
Key constituents : Limonene 59 - 62%, alpha-terpineol, menthofuran, carvone (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 3 years or longer, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light. Refrigeration is also recommended due to the high limonene content.
Plant description : Botanical family : Burceraceae Palo Santo is a deciduous tree native to the dry, tropical South American forests. Its average life span is 80 - 90 years. Palo Santo is on the endangered species list in Peru, and is protected by the Peruvian government. It is also unofficially endangered in Ecuador.
Regions of Production : Ecuador, Peru
Growing Practices : Trees indigenous to the area grow in the wild, away from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Large branches which fall naturally from the trees are collected, and essential oil is distilled from the wood.
Properties : Anti-inflammatory, calming, sudorific (Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.)
Uses / Benefits : Massaged at the base of the neck and spine, it promotes relaxation. Helpful in the management of rheumatism and arthritis symptoms. Helps release negative energies. Commonly used for incense and natural perfume making. (Battaglia, 2003)
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, incense
Fragrant influences: Relaxing, purifying.
Safety : Non-toxic, non-sensitizing. May irritate sensitive skin. Avoid during pregnancy. Avoid old or oxidized oil.
Blends well with : Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
History / Fun Facts : Native Ecuadorians have traditionally used Palo Santo as a mosquito repellent and air freshener for their homes.
Literally "holy wood", Palo Santo is routinely used by shamans for clearing bad energies in ancestral rituals and indigenous medicine. Palo Santo is in the same family as Myrrh and Frankincense.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia.
International Fragrance Research Association, http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/standards (January 5, 2016).
Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition, 2014. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, New York, NY.
Young, D. Gary; Chao, Sue; et al. (2007). "Essential Oil of Bursera graveolens (Kunth) Triana et Planch from Ecuador". Journal of Essential Oil Research. 19: 525–526.
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