palo santo

i feel in love with the smell of palo santo wood

i have used it for some time now to clear my house and during meditation
i was doing a little research about where the wood comes from (south america is the answer) and found this beautiful description. it totally captures why i love nature and alchemy

The name Palo Santo means "Holy Wood", and what a fitting name that is. The magic of Palo Santo is in the alchemical process that happens after the death of a limb or a tree. You see, in order for the Palo Santo to gain its magical and medicinal properties it must die, but not just any death – only a natural death of a wise old limb or tree. The Palo Santo trees live for 80 to 90 years. After this death the tree must remain in its natural habitat for 4 to 10 years to complete its metamorphosis. Only then do its sacred, medicinal and mystical properties come alive.

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