Purify and protect your home naturally with the magic aroma of Palo Santo
Today I want to share with you several tricks or secrets that I learned from my mother and my grandmother when I was a child. I grew up in a home full of flowers and the use of natural medicine. My grandmother was a true believer in the power of the moon, the stars, and the energies of the person.
I clearly remember that she always said that to have a home full of good vibes you have to constantly clean it up with palo santo, and that to be healthy physically and spiritually, there is no better remedy than natural things, free of chemicals.
As time went by, I grew up with all this ancestral knowledge, and now that I am a mother and wife, I put it into daily practice in my home. Today I want to share some family secrets using aromatherapy.
According to the teachings of my grandmother in our house we should always have essential oils of lavender, Palo Santo Bursera Graveolens, mint, eucalyptus, orange, mandarin and lemon.
She always said that the power of Palo Santo, also known as sacred wood, is a must when talking about purification thanks to its great benefits and healing properties, which are only obtained when this holy tree has died naturally in the forest.
When people asked her why to smoke the house every 1 of each month with palo santo, she answered that it is an ancient tradition in Ecuador where the shamans of the ancient Inca cultures purified their homes with the smoke of the palo santo, thus eliminating the bad energies and purify the air in your home.
How to eliminate bad energies from your home with Palo Santo
Using the palo santo or sacred wood is very easy. For larger areas, simply use the palo santo ground to clean your home as it generates more smoke. For more personal cleaning, portable incense, use the Palo Santo incense sticks. Same great aroma, and healing properties.
As a first step before purifying our home is to make sure that there is no one in our home or room where we are going to smudge with palo santo, although the palo santo has a pleasant aroma, inhaling large amounts of any smoke can be bad for your health.
Then we close the windows so that the smoke can completely invade our home, then in a lime-resistant container we will place a little Palo Santo ground and light it, we leave the container in the middle of the house and proceed to leave, after 40 minutes (this depends on the amount of palo santo you have burned) we will return to our home and open the windows, instantly we will be able to notice how our home feels cleaner and with a better environment.
What to do if you suffer from allergies or flu due to the weather change
I saw this question a lot in forums and on social networks. My children as well as my husband suffer from allergies or nasal congestion due to the change of weather. In Ecuador every time we go from winter to summer I have to be very attentive to my family, so they don’t get congested.
As you know, every first of each month we clean and purify our home with ground palo santo, but we are constantly placing humidifiers with essential oils, I like to use palo santo as it is antibacterial and counteracts symptoms of flu, allergies, stress, and tiredness, the benefits of palo santo are incredible, but I also like to place the essential oil of eucalyptus in areas of the living room and kitchen, and the mint with a little mandarin in the room when receiving visitors.
This tip is extra when you have a cold, or suffer from allergies, stress, or fatigue, put a little essential oil suitable for the body that can be a percentage of 30% mixed with a little neutral oil, and place it on the temples, chest, neck, and back. In my case, I use palo santo essential oil, with a few drops of lavender and almond oil. This helps me relax my body and counteract flu symptoms.
I learned this method on the internet. I had knowledge of natural soaps, but I did not know that there were soaps made from essential oils which make it very interesting and protective at the time of use thanks to its properties and benefits.
In my house I use natural palo santo soaps when I get up and go to sleep and when I get home from the street, this soap hydrates and protects the skin against spots, acne, and psoriasis, it is a natural relaxant and also helps to recharge the body’s energies thanks to its pleasant woody citrus aroma with a slight scent of mint. Being made of essential oil, it has great properties such as limonene, a natural terpene from palo santo that acts as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal agent.
I also use lavender soap, which I usually use when I suffer from insomnia as it helps me to relax and fall asleep quickly.
Within the world of aromatherapy, there are many natural products that are good for your body and your home, it is only a matter of researching and learning how to use them. If you ask me what products to use, I really can’t tell you since I like several, but my favorite is palo santo.
As you read in the article, the uses of Palo Santo are multiple, and also the Benefits of Palo Santo and its properties are incredible. I can recommend that you make sure to use 100% natural products that are made in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
When acquiring a new product, I make sure that the company that sells them has good environmental practices and social responsibility as EcuadorianHands thus helping artisans and planting trees all year round.
Remember before using essential oil to ask a specialist, and if you use it on your skin before applying it you must dilute it with a neutral or vegetable oil, place a small drop on your hand to confirm that you are not allergic. Never use 100% pure essential oil directly to your skin.
Tell us what you think of these little tricks that I shared with you today, and if you know any other tips, share them with us in the comments part. (By: María José P.)