This Palo Santo powder is perfect for placing on a piece of charcoal and for use in incense mixes.
Palo Santo (Holy Stick) is a natural wood used for centuries by the Incas and the indigenous people of the Andes as a spiritually cleansing incense. It is also used in the Catholic churches in Ecuador, and its sweet and spicy scent has gained admirers in many other countries. This powdered wood is sustainably collected from deadfall of the native trees in Ecuador.
The scent of Palo Santo has sweet citrus-like overtones and a powerfully uplifting essence that will make you want to bathe in the smoke.
*The Bursera graveolens tree lives about 60 years and the scent does not develop strongly in the wood until it has been dead for several years. Our suppliers in Ecuador have explained to us that there is an abundance of naturally fallen deadwood that they collect and that there is not at this time a shortage of it. In addition, this company plants thousands of these trees every year to ensure that there will be a sustainable supply in the future.
They have also explained that the biggest threat to this tree is the clearing of forested areas to use for cattle and agriculture, similar to the recent fires that destroyed much of the Amazon rainforest. In this case, collecting the deadfall wood gives the locals the incentive to keep the areas forested and to make a living selling this material instead of clearcutting or burning it all down. (This may not be the case with all suppliers and it is important to always know about how natural materials, especially woods, are harvested.) There is also a rumor that this tree is endangered and the truth is that it only grows in Ecuador and parts of Peru, so it never had a high population to begin with, but it is not endangered. There are many trees referred to as Palo Santo (Holy Wood) and it is an entirely different species that is on the endangered list.