The Essence of Inshanti’s Palo Santo essential oil (Bursera graveolens) comes from one family owned distillery in Ecuador, which only distills the heartwood of Palo Santo trees that have died and fallen naturally.
It is fascinating that the heartwood must be at least two years old and be from the red wood to produce the higher quality oil.
Equally as intriguing, the longer the tree has been dead, the more powerful the oil. This holds true for frankincense essential oil as well.
Palo Santo- “Holy Wood” is rare and unique oil from Ecuador.
Every country has unique botanical treasures, the greatest of which become pillars of the culture because of their importance in their society. Palo Santo is a medicinal pillar in Ecuador. Available to you as Palo Santo Essential Oil, it’s healing powers are so numerous that for centuries it has served as a panacea for areas of South America. It is so powerful that Shamans and Saints use the essential oil in sacred rituals and the aroma of Palo Santo stands among the greatest of the world’s fragrant woods. Because of the extraordinary blessings it bestows upon those who have the good fortune use it, plant-medicines such as Palo Santo eventually may reach a divine-like status in the hearts and minds of the people.
I find Palo Santo Essential oil my most interesting essential oil to work with. Because it is in the Frankincense family and shares similar properties, people tend to often interchange the oils.
Palo Santo oil is a sweeter, softer oil to use and it doesn’t come with the skin sensitivity. In my opinion, Pal Santo is like frankincense on steroids! It is a very powerful antioxidant because of its high d-limonene content. Palo Santo oil contains 75-76% d-limonene, you rarely find this in tree oil. Studies show that d-limonene activates white blood cells, anti-tumoral, immuno stimulant, supports the liver, protects against pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.
- Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Rockport, MA Element Books, 1995
- Fisher-Rizzi S. Complete aromatherapy handbook. Sterling Publishing Company, USA, 1990