Palo Santo Essential Oil is an exciting ingredient to be used at Rocky. It is drenched in rich history and story. Made from distilled wood of the Palo Santo tree, it is made ethically in Ecuador in small batches.
Palo Santo, also known as Bursera graveolens, is native to Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula and South America. It's name means "holy wood" and "sacred tree", and it is truly considered this. As a distance relative of both Frankincense and Myrrh, it is a powerful essential oil. Both Palo Santo and Frankincense are part of a group of "spiritual oils" that have specific and unique properties.
Palo Santo is one of the most fragrant woods in the world, combining sweet notes similar to pine, lemon and mint. For centuries it has been known as therapeutic wood and has been used for its calming, settling and grounding qualities.
Though it is considered endangered, Palo Santo Essential Oil is only made from wood and branches that has naturally fallen on the ground. The wood is then aged slightly, and this makes the unique chemistry and properties of the essential oil. Interestingly wood that is cut or cut branches.
When the oil is distilled some of the molecules and important characteristics are resurrected. These include limonene, and alpha-terpineol - which is found in tea tree (we love tea tree). This oil also has menthofuran which is found mostly in peppermint oils. These molecules all come together to create an essential oil that lives up to its name.