Palo Santo, a fragrant wood with many uses, has been a source of concern for some people who worry about its potential to be endangered. However, the species of tree that Palo Santo comes from, Bursera graveolens, is not endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is not listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
At Craftmoor, we ensure that our Palo Santo is responsibly sourced and sustainable. Our Palo Santo is imported legally and with all the necessary certifications, including a phytosanitary certificate, to ensure that it is sourced correctly and without any damage to the ecosystem. We want our customers to know that Palo Santo is a sustainable resource that can be enjoyed without any ethical concerns.
One interesting aspect of Palo Santo is that each piece can vary in aroma. This is because the scent comes from the tree's resin, which is stored in different parts of the tree and in varying amounts. The aroma can also vary depending on the age of the wood and how it was harvested and cured.
The fragrant and uplifting aroma of Palo Santo is one of its most common uses. Burning it as incense or a smudge stick releases a pleasant and calming scent that can help relieve stress and anxiety. Many people use it during meditation, yoga, or other spiritual practices to enhance their experience and create a calming atmosphere.
Palo Santo is also believed to have medicinal properties. It contains limonene and α-terpineol, which are known for their anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. These compounds can help relieve pain and inflammation, and they are often used to treat colds, flu, and other respiratory ailments.
Another use of Palo Santo is as a natural insect repellent. Its essential oils contain high levels of terpenes, which are known to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests. You can use Palo Santo by burning it or applying its oil to your skin to keep insects at bay.
Palo Santo is also used in cultural and spiritual practices. In South America, it is often burned during shamanic ceremonies, as it is believed to purify and cleanse the space and the people present. It is also used for protection and to ward off negative energies.
In conclusion, Palo Santo, specifically Bursera graveolens, is not an endangered species, and we at Craftmoor ensure that our Palo Santo is responsibly sourced and sustainable. Our customers can enjoy the fragrant and uplifting aroma of Palo Santo without any ethical concerns, while appreciating the natural variation in its scent. Whether you use Palo Santo for aromatherapy, insect repellent, or cultural and spiritual practices, you can trust that it is a resource that is carefully managed and harvested for sustainable use.