Scent is one of the most primal and powerful of all the senses. Its the sense that is most closely linked with memory and emotion as well as playing major role in the control of behaviour and mood. Its intimate and sensual nature is fascinating; scent has long been linked to sexual attraction and desire which in part is due to particular scents triggering arousal responses in the brain.
Healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels, smoke cleansing:
- enhances awareness and mindful connection
- produces negative ions which are linked with positively improving mood
- increases energy through regulation of serotonin
- improves sleep
- the negative ions released are also believed to cleanse the air of impurities and bacteria
The Bursera graveolens variety of Palo Santo has a warm, sensual, woody base with uplifting citrus notes and is believed to calm the body’s immune and nervous systems, quiet the mind and enhance creativity.
My Palo Santo sticks are the Bursera graveolens variety which is a non-endangered species. The Palo Santo is responsibly harvested from fallen lumber which has been aged for 4 years by a small independent supplier who supports reforestation and sustainable livelihood programmes.
To cleanse with smoke, light the Palo Santo with a match or a lit candle, holding the base of your Palo Santo place the top end over the flame at a 45 degree angle. Allow to burn for 30 seconds to a minute, gently blow out the flame (being mindful of any embers) and allow the smoke to permeate the space or yourself by moving the stick in circular motions around you or your environment.