Palo Santo, Bursera graveolens
Bursera graveolens or Palo Santo is a tree indigenous to South America in Argetina, Paraguay, Boliva and coastal areas of Ecuador. Palo Santo means “holy wood” in English and belongs in the same family as frankincense and myrrh.
Although it has been used in homeopathic medicine for years, most recently it is the extraction of essential oils that has put this plant in the spotlight. Limonene, a-Terpineol, Menthofuran and Carvone are a few of the oils derived from this plant. Native traditions have shown it to be used toward off “bad energy” or to bring good luck.