Palo Santo (Holy Wood)
Its name literally means Holy Wood, and it is just that. When burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power. Traditionally, it is burned by Incas, indigenous people of the Andes, Shamans and Medicine people for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing. B. graveolens tree lives for 40 to 90 years; after death the wood matures 4 to 10 more years before it ‘falls’. Only then is it consecrated as ‘sacred wood’. From Peru.