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Palo Santo Essential Oil

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When thinking of a space that settles your mind and calms your worries, most of us can likely come up with a place. Whether you find rejuvenation while taking a long hot shower or sitting by the campfire on a starry night, we all have those places that rejuvenate us for our busy lives. 

Palo Santo can help us recall our life-giving spaces most effectively through direct inhalation of its peppery and sharp aroma. It ushers in a sense of calm, grounding and sets us up for emotional stability and a connection to the spiritual world. Yoga instructors often diffuse Palo Santo during a class to help inspire clear meditation while helping to promote full body breathing. It also can enhance creativity and help us maintain a steady focus. 

Native to Central and South America, Palo Santo essential is extracted from the aged wood of fallen trees through a steam distillation method. The trees grow up to 30 feet and have grey bark, green leaves and clusters of small flowers. Palo Santo is part of the same family as Frankincense, Myrrh and Elemi.


Botanical Name: Bursera graveolens

Origin: Ecuador

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Wood (aged wood from fallen trees)

Note: Middle - Base

Family: Burseraceae

Blends Well With: Myrrh, and other resins. Bergamot, and other citrus

Aroma: Sharp, dry, peppery, and earthy

Consistency: Thin

Color: Clear

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Palo Santo Oil, Wood, Ecuador batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Bursera graveolens. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Adult Max Dilution: 3.4%

Shelf Life: 1-2 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

MUSCLE MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 10 drops of Palo Santo, 5 drops of Helichrysum, 5 drops of Peppermint and 10 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil and shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover the affected area and massage into the skin.

BATH SALTS: Combine: 1 drop of Palo Santo, 1 drop of Peppermint and 3 drops of Frankincense (Carterii) with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to running bath water for a relaxing soak.

HAPPY THOUGHTS: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Palo Santo, 5 drops of Rosemary and 5 drops of Peppermint. Or add this blend to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

SPORTS/ DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 10 drops of Palo Santo, 5 drops of Black Pepper, 10 drops of Sweet Marjoram and 5 drops of Lavender, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover the problem area and massage into the skin. (2.5% dilution)

RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Palo Santo, 5 drops of Bergamot and 2 drops of Ylang Ylang. Or add 5 drops to your Scent Ball Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

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