Palo Santo (Holy Wood)

Palo Santo - AroMed's Bursera graviolens is ethically wild-harvested and the fallen "dead" branches are steam distilled in Equador. A special oil indeed,the aroma is strong, warm with citrus undertones. Some think it has a slight resemblance to frankincense.


  • Very calming to the nervous system and effective against anxiety and stress.
  • Traditionally used for joint pain, headaches and for allergy symptoms.
  • Palo santo is often used when addressing respiratory issues for cold, flu, asthma and bronchitis.
  • It is a spiritual oil, often used in meditation and ceremonies. Used to "clear a space" energetically, much like sage. Add 12 drops in 2 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle to create a room mist.

Emotional Support - Palo Santo can encourage quiet strength, centering, introspection, protection, resolution, stability and inspiration.

Blends well with- balsam fir, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, grapefruit, lemon, lavender, mandarin, myrrh

Notes of interest- Ethical considerations are an absolute must when purchasing palo santo. Our palo santo is from a small family run distiller, committed to ecologically and sustainably harvesting practices. "Dead", naturally downed wood is gathered, and distilled in small quantities.

Modes of Application- massage, compress, bath, salve, direct inhalation, diffuser, steam inhalation

Safety data- Palo Santo should not be used for prolonged periods of time as it has potential to tax the liver. When blending, a good guideline is 5-10 drops per 1 ounce of carrier maximum. Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.


Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.

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