Bad Vibes? We’ve Got You Covered!

We’ve all heard of burning sage as a purifier for your home; the practice is half-tradition, half-superstition, and 100% new age. But what if you hate the smell of sage? Or if you’re looking for something that’s a little more unknown, a little more mystical? May we suggest: Palo Santo. Used for years in its native South America as a way to chase away evil spirits (or “bad vibes” as we like to say these days), Palo Santo wood is used in almost exactly the same way as sage.

Simply light the stick and let it catch for a few moments, then gently blow out the flame (there should still be a few embers sparking at the tip). Gently wave the smoke around the area you want to purify and let it settle in the air. You can even say a few words if you’re feeling particularly spiritual, like “I ask that the plant spirit of Palo Santo please infuse this space with blessings.” Make sure to store the Palo Santo stick in a fire-safe container, and hang on to it, because it can be reused many times.

We like Palo Santo for many reasons, not the least of which is the gorgeous smell it produces. It’s from the same family as Frankincense, and smells similar, but more minty and citrusy. Also, because the tree is considered sacred in South America, it’s wood is almost always harvested from branches fallen to the ground, which is the picture of sustainable farming. And if you’re not big on incense or “blessing” rooms but still want to enjoy the smell of this amazing tree, you can now buy it in perfumes or candles! We’re so grateful that Palo Santo, the incredible “holy wood,” has made its way to the Western World!