These palo santo chips are perfect for placing on a piece of charcoal and for use in incense mixes. One ounce (about 36 pieces)
*I heave heard some concern about the sustainable collection of this wood. In fact, this tree lives about 60 years and the scent does not develop strongly in the wood until it has been dead for several years. My suppliers in Ecuador have explained to me that there is an abundance of naturally fallen deadwood that they collect and that there is not at this time a shortage for them. In addition, this company plants thousands of these trees every year to ensure that there will be a continuous supply in the future.
They have also explained that the biggest threat to the Bursera graveolens 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.
The stronger the wood is scented, the more likely it has been resting for a longer period of time. If you ever purchase Palo Santo that does not have that beautiful sweet resin developed inside it, you may have wood that has not aged long enough. This may indicate that it was taken from a live tree as well.