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See our latest blog post on Palo Santo - Sustainability & sacredness or read below:
Cosmic Bazaar is dedicated to only offering products that are 100% sustainable and Earth friendly. We believe that no animal, plant or land should be harmed or disrespected in any way. Our products must be energetically balanced from inception till it is sold. Unfortunately we can no longer sell Palo Santo without going against this core mission and our personal beliefs & intuition.
Palo Santo is a very sacred wood, used by shamans in South America (specifically in Peru & Ecuador) for thousands of years. Recently, partially due to the rising consciousness in the world, this holy wood as become extremely popular, and a massive amount of people are demanding it for it's sacred cleansing and therapeutic properties. We must consider the ecological impact when thousands of people around the world are burning and using this holy wood every day.
As you may know, Palo Santo is traditionally only harvested from trees that have died naturally, often after growing for over 50+ years, and have then rested on the forest floor for an additional 4-10 years. The wood is then harvested consciously and the tree is blessed and thanked with very pure and loving intentions. This sacred shamanic teaching allows for the Palo Santo tree's energy to be passed on in a harmonious and sacred way. On a physical level, this teaching also makes sense since the revered aromatic and therapeutic qualities are only fully developed when this process is followed; it also ensures the sustainably of the tree. Unfortunately many are no longer following this ancient wisdom, the sacredness of the tree is being violated.
Due to the massive global demand for Palo Santo based products (including now soaps, shampoos, salves, tinctures, perfumes, etc) - economics, capitalism and greed has kicked in. Palo Santo, even in South Africa, has become extremely popular in the past few years. With this global trend, more and more trees are required to meet the demand, and the once abundant population of Palo Santo trees is now rapidly diminishing. Those who sell the wood for immediate economic gain will harvest from dead and living trees alike, with no regard for a resting period. This has led to severe deforestation of Palo Santo. It creates a real threat that someday there will be no more Palo Santo trees left for future generations to enjoy.
According to one source: Palo Santo is currently endangered and under government protection in Ecuador. It is illegal to cut down or damage live trees. Work is ongoing to try to preserve the remaining Palo Santo trees and grow new trees. Each fallen tree is replaced with a new seedling and logging is strictly forbidden. (No mention of whether the protections are effective or not.)
Another source says: Palo Santo harvesting used to be strictly controlled by law in Peru. Only trees that had fallen naturally were allowed to be harvested. With its increased popularity in recent years, the Peruvian government has been unable to enforce its policies to prevent over-harvesting
Similarly, other sacred plants and herbs such as white sage, Ayahuasca and even certain medical mushrooms also under risk of endangerment. We must consciously think about each and every product we buy. Especially with the global rising consciousness, trends can quickly swoop and turn into mass unconscious consumption. Nature can only grow so fast, and at the rate we are consuming many of these sacred plants, dangerous alternatives and deforestation can happen.
We are in the process of finding alternative smudging and cleansing herbs, specifically indigenous and abundant in South Africa, that we can offer you instead. Also remember though, when it comes to smudging, the real magic and power is behind your intentions and rituals you do.
We hope you understand why we're making this move. And we encourage you to do your own research and think about the journey the Palo Santo stick you have as had to get into your possession.
Lots of love and blessings,
The Cosmic Clan
What is Palo Santo?
Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon.
The smoke is extremely fragrant and purifying, it physically cleanses the air by attaching to dust particles and making them fall out of suspension, as well as energetically cleansing an area, leaving the space and yourself feeling calm and relaxed. Studies also suggest that the anti bacterial properties of the aromatic compounds go to work when you smudge your space, lowering airborne bacteria counts.
Palo Santo is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage and Cedar. It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. It provides an uplifting scent that raises your vibration in preparation for meditation and allows for a deeper connection to the Source of all creation. It is also said that Palo Santo enhances creativity and brings good fortune to those who are open to its magic.
Palo Santo has been used for thousands of years by indigenous people of Central and South America. Palo Santo incense wood has to die of natural causes and lay on the jungle floor for years before it gets it's signature smell, making it a sustainable product. People have tried cutting live Palo Santo trees and letting it age but the wood does not acquire its signature smell.