Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as palo santo ("holy wood") is a tree that inhabits the coast of Ecuador. The tree belongs to the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh. It is widely used in folk medicine. Palosanto is rich in terpenes such as limonene and α-terpineol.
The use of Palosanto (or Palo Santo) from Bursera Graveolens is reported to be traditional in South America, especially in Ecuador. According to the local customs, it is used against the "mala energia" (bad energy) ("Palo Santo para limpiar tu casa de la mala energia, Palo Santo para la buena suerte" or "Palo Santo to clean your house of bad energy, Palo Santo for good luck").
- PaloSanto Essential Oils.-
• Botanical Name: Bursera Graveolens
• Family: Bursereace
• Part used: Wood
• collection: From June to January
• warnings: None
• Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
• Color: Clear - Pale Yellow
• Consistency: Thin
• Perfumery Note: Middle
• Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
• Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, citrusy and slightly minty
Essential oils made without harming the Palo Santo tree. We only process wood that has been found to have died naturaly in the forest. Tree grows for about 40 years and then dies. Then, it has to lay down for about 10 more years before we can process it.
Palo Santo grows wildy in the forest. However, we are replanting trees, that we will not get to process. This is our contribution to the future generations to come.
The Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is an aromatic tree of the dry forest of Ecuador, which was used by shamans to cure many diseases, and for this reason the Spanish called it "Santo".
Properties of Monoterpene D-Limonene in Cancer Prevention.- The characteristic aroma of Palo Santo comes from its natural monoterpenes. The properties of the solvent monoterpenes were used to chemically dissolve gallstones, the monoterpenes are also the focus of much research in the area of cancer prevention. Cancer prevention, inhibition and regression are the greatest powers of D-limonene (DL) that was shown to be chemopreventive against tumors: breast, liver, lungs, skin (UV-induced) and quemioterapeutica against the tumors: breast and pancreas.
Palo Santo by their shape and natural components has enormous potential in preventing cancer without any contraindication.
Flu, allergies, asthma, migraine and bad mood: Apply a few drops on the chest at heart level, nose, sides of the head (temple) and the neck.
Dizziness: Apply a few drops on the chest at heart level.
Panic, stress and laboral anxiety: Apply a few drops on the chest at heart level, nose and the neck.
Massages: Reactive blood circulation and recharge the energy level.
Arthritis, arthrosis, neck pain and muscle aches: only when there is pain, apply 3 times a day a few drops directly on the point of pain and massage until oil is absorbed. Protect the affected area with a red bandage because this color increases the body energy flow.