Uses & benefits of Palo Santo (Holy Wood) essential oil
Benefits of diffusion: The uniquely woody, fruity, balsamic, spicy, citrusy, minty aroma of Palo Santo is is penetrating and heady while being calming, soothing with a stimulating effect on the brain which helps activate the body’s relaxation responses, and increase blood circulation to create a warming effect that urges tranquility and mental and emotional clarity.
Its aroma has an uplifting effect on the emotions to promote inner peace, balance sexual energy quiet mental chatter, inspire focus, and improve creativity which is beneficial when undergoing tasks that require continuous concentration e.g. studying. It is also great for meditation and during prayer as it helps calm the mind, creates a sense of support and acceptance, inspires inner quiet to block out all negative thoughts and energy to create a sense of support and acceptance for enhanced spiritual connection.
It is also a grounding oil with a healing effect on the emotions, to help relieve stress, anxiety, fear, depression, emotional pain, calm panic attacks or dizziness.
The scent of Palo Santo Essential Oil affects the olfactory, limbic, and nervous system, to ease nervous tension, promote relaxation and its sedative effect helps reduce the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality.
Palo Santo is renowned for its purifying and cleansing ability when it enters our personal energy field it purifies it to rid negative thoughts, energies, malevolent spirits, to allow and attract positive energy, luck, happiness and reestablish inner peace and balance.
For an even more powerful energy cleansing add Myrrh and Indian Frankincense or Hyssop and Sandalwood EOs. It is on par with White Sage for its ability to cleansing abilities they can be used interchangeably or together.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals in this oil have a stimulating and optimizing effect on the immune system which help hinder the release of histamines in the body to prevent allergic reactions from seasonal stressors and detoxify the body to prevent toxin build up.
It is a powerful respiratory health aid beneficial in treating colds, coughs, the flu, due to its antiviral, antibacterial properties which help reduce nasal mucus production.
It is also a powerful analgesic that is effective in relieving pain from migraines, stress or tension headaches and also helps soothe digestive issues e.g., nausea, indigestion, bloating, cramping etc. just from inhalation.
The aroma of Palo Santo has an insecticidal effect to repel mosquitoes and other insects, and its sweet, rich scent helps fight external bacteria and viruses and acts as a deodorizer to prevent unpleasant odors.
Other attributed therapeutic benefits of Palo Santo Essential Oil include: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and relaxant, anti-mutagenic and immune-boosting to prevent oxidative stress, anticancer properties, strengthen the immune system, eliminate inflammation, reduce stress levels, treat chronic pain, soothe nerve disorders, heal the skin and ease feelings of depression.
Topical use benefits: Massage into temples and back of the neck to provide relief from migraines, stress, and tension headaches.
Apply to the chest area for its powerful respiratory properties to relieve congestion, treat coughs, colds, asthma and nasal stuffiness to improve breathing.
A powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant to help soothe chronic pain, apply to the stomach to relieve gastrointestinal or abdominal distress and to affected area to relieve pain from injuries, joints, sprains, arthritis, rheumatism etc.
Massage all over the body to help relieve pain, muscle tension or strain, promote relaxation, improve sleep and to support immune system function.
Massage gently into the soles of the feet, preferably at night or while lying down for its detoxification benefits.
Massage into swollen joints and areas of muscular discomfort to help relieve inflammation which causes pain and swelling. It is also beneficial in helping regenerate and build bone strength when dealing with osteoporosis, just massage in regularly.
Skincare benefits: Palo Santo has the highest antioxidant content of all wood essential oils and is an amazing natural anti-aging skincare ingredient in a moisturizer/serum as it helps the skin maintain its natural tightness for smoother, youthful skin. It does this by inhibiting the production of the Elastase enzyme responsible for breaking down Elastin levels in the skin which over time can causes wrinkles, sagging and other signs of premature aging.
It is rejuvenating and has a regenerating effect on the skin by helping to accelerate production of new skin cells to aid the restoration of damaged skin. With consistent use it can help clear blemishes, diminish the appearance of age and acne spots for clearer, healthier, more even complexioned skin.
It also a powerful emollient that provides deep moisturization and hydration to prevent dryness or dehydration, strengthens the skin to improve its quality and health.
Palo Santo EO is great to use when dealing with mild to severe acne, rashes or other skin inflammations and irritations as it helps soothe the skin, relieve pain or discomfort and its antimicrobial, antiseptic, and cleansing activity help rid the skin of impurities, and treat infections.
Hair care benefits: Helps combat inflammation, infections and has a cleansing, calming effect on the scalp.