Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens) is considered a very Holy wood and is native to South America with most oil production happening in Ecuador. The Bursera graveolens tree has a short trunk, long branches and superficial roots. Palo Santo Essential Oil is a sacred and aromatic oil obtained by steam/hydro distillation of the dead wood from a tree, root or branch, specifically wood that has been dormant on the forest floor for a minimum of 10-20 years. The wood is gathered and prepared for distillation by stripping down and bringing the wood to a powdered form. This oil has been used for millennia by indigenous people to remove negativity and obstacles. It has anti-depressant and anti-microbial benefits as well as supporting people struggling with anxiety and fear. It invites helping spirits, encouraging us to accept, allow and surrender. Palo Santo invites us to do deep shadow work. It works between the worlds, allowing us to go to deeper places of wounding within ourselves to heal, while feeling supported, protected and grounded. It is an oil which has the ability to hold dichotomy, bringing light out of darkness. "Palo Santo is a tree for healers, holding the opposites of the dark decay, to life giving light, from the pain of the wound to the joy of healing" - Cathy Skipper.
Palo Santo is one of the essential oils in Otorongo, a Synergy from my Mountain Line, created in honour of Andean Shamanism, Medicine Wheel and Mesa work. We study and embody each of the 4 archetypes, Serpent, Jaguar, Hummingbird and Eagle. Otorongo is a Quechua word for Puma/Jaguar and she protects us in our work. She walks the rainbow bridge between worlds, having no enemies in this lifetime or the next. She tracks "hucha" the dark, dense energy that stalks us. She helps us face our deepest fears and transmutes them to unconditional love. Palo Santo and Otorongo are sweetly aligned. Both Palo Santo and Otorongo move between worlds helping us to face our deepest fears. Essential oils and plant medicine can so richly support us on our journey. Not only to encourage us to continue to shed layers of fear that are holding us back or even beliefs that are no longer serving our true selves, but also to protect and nurture us, perhaps allowing us to go deeper, because we feel held and strengthened by their presence. The invitation is there to shed our outmoded selves and face our fears, allowing us to step into our power and see ourselves in our highest healed state, visioning our sweetest and most divine destiny, which is truly our birthright.
The wound is the place where the light enters you. - Rumi.