Updated: Apr 20
Current oil on repeat: PALO SANTO
Palo Santo is a bit of a controversial thing as the demand for it in the new age space has lead to plundering, environmental damage and disregard.
However, it's currently listed as stable not endangered and I do believe that when correctly and ethically sourced from a supplier who can attest to how it was collected, it can be an invaluable tool for for supporting our mind and body.
This wood was used by South American shamans to remove negativity, attract abundance and elevate spiritual connection and there's a reason for that.
It contains chemical compounds and antimicrobial properties which calm the nervous system, relieve discomfort and, help the body release happy hormones (dopamine and serotonin) and the body's natural pain relief (endorphins and enkephalins).
How cool is that?!
*** To avoid ritual or ceremonial ties, you would want to ensure that the wood you're using has not been collected and blessed in this day and age by shamans. This in addition to not burning it in a ritualistic or ceremonial manner may allow it to be utilised in a God given manner. And note, this is something I am still investigating as a new Christian so I welcome any feedback with respect to this - April, 2023.
I tend to use my Palo Santo essential oil or wood whenever my anxiety flares up, when I'm feeling down or disconnected and, more so during the Inner Spring and Inner Autumn of my menstrual cycle (days 6-11 and days 19-28+ respectively).
The floaty feels of Inner Spring can make you feel unanchored and, the critic of Inner Autumn can make you feel ungrounded - Palo Santo is a great external tool to overcome this. This is separate and alongside many other external or internal tools that we can use to do the same.
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