palo santo

Smoke Cleansing With Wood

Smoke Cleansing. For most of us, Our first thought, Or go to would be white sage And While sage is great to use, It is to often relied on as the cure all and the only option. There are so many other herbs, and barks around us to use for their cleansing smoke that they are easy to overlook.  

My favorite wood to use is Palo Santo (Holy Wood from Peru) But not everyone has access to that. And for this reason, I present to you all, (SOME) common Woods, And their magical correspondences.

Also note that the fallen leaves from these trees can also be used to smoke cleanse. Grind them up, And burn on charcoal. 

  • Birch-  Purification, Blessing, Protection, Expel negative Spirits
  • Cedar- Cleanses negative atmospheres
  •  Holly Purity, strength, Protection

  • Hawthorn- marriage, love and protection.
  • Juniper- Protection, and clears negativity 

  • Oak- healing, strength, money
  • Pine-  Purification, health, fortune, fertility, and prosperity

  • Willow-  Healing, protection, enchantments

What is palo santo?

Palo santo (literally meaning “holy wood”) comes from a tree native to South America. Like white sage, this is commonly used for cleansing and purification purposes. You simply light the end of it and waft the smoke around the area, person, or object you wish to cleanse.

People use palo santo rather than sage in smoke cleansing for a variety of reasons. One such reason is that white sage is an endangered plant; some prefer not to use white sage bought from a store because of this (although you can always grow your own). Some people find the aroma of palo santo to be more appealing than the smell of white sage; palo santo has a sweet odor with hints of mint, citrus, and pine. An added side benefit is that the smoke has the tendency to repel mosquitoes and other bugs.

Palo santo keeps energy grounded and opens us up for a deeper connection to the earth. In addition, it is said to enhance creativity and bring good fortune. It has healing benefits as well; it can relieve the symptoms of a common cold, inflammation, asthma, stress, anxiety, depression, emotional pain, and more. It can be simmered and made into a tea, and an essential oil is also available.

An energy healer in my area that I have been to a number of times uses palo santo for smoke cleansing at the end of each session. She wafts the smoke around her patient to cleanse and ground their energy and form a protective bubble around them to prevent taking on further negativity from their surroundings. I have found the aroma and feeling it imparts to be quite soothing. She also uses it in combination with white sage for cleansing an area – be it a shop, a home, or a room – in much the same way.

If you’ve never tried palo santo before and can find it, I absolutely recommend giving it a try!

Palo Santo ‘Holy Wood' is a mystical South American tree related to Frankincense and Murr.

Ceremonial  Palo Santo is burned in ceremonies by Shamans and Medicine people for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage. Cherished in Ayahuasca circles, it creates a pleasant, fresh smelling smoke with hints of mint and citrus that work well in keeping away mosquitos and other flying insects. Its uplifting scent raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to source. Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.

Healing  Traditionally used for relieving common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and even emotional pain. The oil can be used during massage work to seal intentions while calling in Spirit allies for support and protection. Ingestion  Palo Santo can be simmered in hot water to be drank as tea, great for calming the immune and nervous systems for quick recovery from illness. As essential oil, it is great for physical pain and inflammation. Containing high levels of D-Limonene and Monotropenes, it is useful for cancer symptoms.