We are aware of current concerns in social media about the future of the Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens tree.
Unfortunately, the number of #FakeNews or news issued without a true knowledge of the facts, are increasing exponentially in social networks.
In this article we will clear up doubts about the future of this sacred wood of sweet, woody, citrus and a slight mint aroma, which contains natural medicinal properties that makes your body good.
The Palo Santo is commonly known as a native species of the dry-tropical forests of Ecuador. The inhabitants of the surrounding communities live from the trade of Palo Santo. This means that if they do not find clients for it, they will cut it down to use the land for corn, livestock, developments, etc. (For example, La Refineria del Pacifico, where around 1000 hectares of trees, including Palo Santo, were cut down for the development of this "white elephant" which is abandoned.)
So contrary to what is currently being portrayed in social media, the real threat to this wood is precisely the lack of use, the little value we give to it. It is when this happens that this tree is going to be really in danger!
The vision of EcuadorianHands (CEO Fabrizio Vera) is the sustainable use of this resource Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens. We focus on what we can control. For us this is an educational project, to involve the communities and to teach them not to cut the tree. A cut tree has no value, since it does not contain the medicinal properties of the Palo Santo, nor does it have aroma.
VERY IMPORTANT: We process only naturally dead branches and trunks, without cutting down any living trees, damaging the surrounding area or making new paths. There is not harvesting of palosanto, but recollecting (pick up) of naturally dead palosanto.
Have you considered that the Palo Santo we are using now is 50+ years old? Do you like its aroma and medicinal properties Can you imagine what the dry-tropical forest was like at that time? Now, can you imagine how would it be withing 30+ years? How the aroma and medicinal properties of Palo Santo would be?
It is for this reason that our work is integral: To restore several areas of the Dry-Tropical Forest of Manabi, returning to nature the resources provided, achieve the preservation of the aroma and the medicinal benefits of this sacred wood.
Annually and for 5 consecutive years we have been reforesting Palo Santo trees in our pilot project of 50 hectares. Moreover, for over 10 years we have been reforesting and donating plants to several institutions.
We have also involved then national government of Ecuador. We are currently waiting for them to declare this 50-hectare area as a "protective forest", to prevent logging, invasions and damages.
We will plant 4000 Palo Santo trees more and other native species in December 2019
This pilot forest will be open to universities and communities to learn the experience, and mirror it in other areas of the dry-tropical forest of Manabi.
We are doing our part to contribute to the care of the environment and the preservation of this sacred wood, Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens.
Here are 2 tips so that you also contribute to the care of Palo Santo and enjoy it for a long time:
Buy only from companies that have a program of sustainable management, ethical, friendly to the environment, with programs of reforestation. (If we or you do NOT buy cut-wood, NOBODY is going to cut it!)
Not only use palosanto incense sticks, but Palo Santo Essential Oil and/or its derivative products (soaps, cosmetics, etc.). This way you know that the product came from trees that died naturally. You not only prevent cutting the Palo Santo, but you give your body the holistic medicinal properties (without the smoke when smudging), which are naturally found in this sacred wood. (Read How do I cleanse my soul from negativity?)
It is a fact that we must protect our home called EARTH. It is in our hands to use their resources responsibly, and achieve sustainability for future generations. With love!