By Ximena V. Parraga
By Ximena V. Parraga
After a long conversation to decipher the ideas of “Hector”, a refreshing character and transformants ideas. ”Hector”, with eleven years researching, says the Palo Santo ”Bursera graveolens” has different uses: from rituals for good luck to cure diseases.
Shampoo, moisturizing and exfoliating soaps, candles and incense and essential oils are derived from the Palo Santo ”Bursera graveolens” creations, seeking a state of harmony, peace and good energy on humans.
Other researcher’s aspirations is to create a perfume called the Aroma of Ecuador, this initiative aims to present the country with a fragrance that has been here forever,combining the past, present and future.
By Ximena Vera Parraga
Incense 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.
The Palosanto (Bursera Graveolens) is a tree from the Ecuadorian dry forestes which was used by Chamans to cure many diseases; this is the reason why the Spanish that settled here call the tree “Santo”.
If we think of the body like a house where we live, we can take into consideration the ancient rituals based on Palo Santo as the ancient peoples lacked knowledge of illnesses which to them were all products of bad energy.
Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) is an aromatic wood; Its smoke is used as a repellent to keep off mosquitoes, ants and other insects. It also cleans and help to remove the bad energy from the home, keep away evil spirits, induces meditation and spiritual search. The scent of Palo Santo is extremely soothing and transmits a powerful energy.
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About two weeks ago something kind of unusual happened in our offices. It was Friday morning and we received the visit of 2 very interesting people from Canada, Dave and Sharon. It was kind of unusual since we are not used to receiving visits from customers as all our sales were made by internet (until that day). As I explained to this couple, we are the internet’s sales engine of small artisans of Ecuador, and our main goal is to share experiences and let people of the world to know about the beauties of our country. Quite a challenge!
I’ve got to be frank, I was quite curious to know how they had found us. Then, the imminent question: How did you learn about us? Sharon, who is very eloquent and passionated with her explanations, answered me that she looked over the internet something like the following sentence: “Natural remedies for mosquitoes bites in Manta, Ecuador”, all of a sudden EcuadorianHands.com appeared… wow! This was very cool. Even cooler was the fact they cared enough to come over to our offices and get what they were looking for.
Sharon told me they were here in Manta for vacations, enjoying our city but the mosquitoes were giving them a very hard time. She had so many many mosquitoes bites all over her skin (we are now in winter season, which is our hot and rainy season. Mosquitoes bug if you don’t take precautions). I’ve never seen a skin so attacked before in my life. I was surprised, and I had to asked why she didn’t get a regular repellent at the drug store. She said that she wanted natural products only. Very smart thinking! » Read more: Don’t know what you’ve got… Canadian friends in Manta and their experience with PaloSanto products
The pace of modern life, pressures in the workplace and all the demands of life in a continually changing world, make this an age of “stress”. Stress, now considered a normal part of life, can be a positive experience creating excitement, increased energy, clarity of thought and creativity.
Manifestations of stress
Physical – muscle tension, back ache, headaches, exhaustion, ulcers, heart attacks and more
Psychological – Depression, anxiety, panic.
Behavioral – Poor concentration, lethargy, self abuse, aggression.
Emotional – lack of confidence, fear, frustration, loss of interest, hysteria
How Aromatherapy can help?
Aromatherapy can help with stress management by a direct link to the limbic and autonomic system. The hypothalamus is the major control center of the autonomic nervous system. It controls the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions which activate the “fight or flight” adrenaline production. As we inhale the essential oils, there is a direct link to the limbic system of the brain via the olfactory nerve. This triggers the secretion of neurotransmitters such as seratonin or encephalins which relax or uplift the spirits.
Essential oils are the backbone of aromatherapy. Essential oils provide the aromatherapy of the aromatherapy. These [essential oils] are liquids stored in various places in plants, that can be removed from the plant using steam distillation, cold pressing, chemicals, or fat-absorption. These can be stored in the peel of a fruit (which is where citrus fruits hide theirs), in the petals of a flower (like the fair rose), in the bark of a tree (the magnificent evergreens, for example), or its leaves (as the eucalyptus does), in the sap of a plant (the strong myrrh bush does this), or, in some rare cases, outside the plant.
Meditation sessions are fantastic to help you manage and balance your day-to-day life. One of the important elements you can include as part of your meditation session is incense and for a beginner this really is an important tool and can make the difference between a successful meditation session and an unsuccessful meditation session.
Aromatherapy is used as a therapeutic method of promoting a state of well-being and can also be used to improve certain health issues.
Next, you’ll want to consider the type of incense. Obviously, this will be related to what you use it for. Stick incense is very popular and can be put to a variety of uses. The same can be said for incense cones.
There are many manufacturers in many different countries that make incense. For the most part, choosing incense based on this factor is a matter of personal choice.
The final aspect of choosing the perfect incense is the burner or incense holder. For the most part, the type of incense you purchase will dictate the style of burner. There are special bowl shaped burners for smudge bundles, ceramic and wooden incense holders for stick incense and cones. There are different types of hanging burners for resin and powder, and plate style burners for cones as well. Choices within each type of burner are, again, based on personal preference or decorative needs.