A resource of information on Bursera graveolens, the “holy wood” of South America. Used for incense, smudging, essential oil, and thought to purge bad spirits and bring good luck.
Palo Santo is thought to come from the teeming Galapagos, where there are so many species found only there on earth, by way of South American countries like Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina.
The compounds Pinene and Limonene give off the piney, citrusy smell when it burns, and it leaves a pleasant aroma in the air for hours.
It can also be made into a soothing tea by boiling pieces of the wood or extracted oil. The tree itself, bursera graveolens is closely related to another fragrant tree, the frankincense.