Palo Santo. What? Why? How?

Palo Santo. What is it exactly? How do we use it? Why should we use it? These are questions I’ve been receiving from you every time I share my morning and daily rituals which involve lighting a palo santo. So, I thought it would be best if I shared some info with all of you. Palo Santo came into my life 4 years ago as I walked through La Sagarnaga, a street in La Paz, Bolivia, the city where I took my first breath of life. (Yes, I born there!) This street is full of magic. Literally. Tiny shops offering crystals, incenses, essential oils, ritual offerings, and the famous palo santo. The smell of it was so intense, refreshing and uplifting I felt drawn to get some pieces of this “holy wood”, and research more about it. A few hours later, I realized I had purchased just what I needed in my life, and the first spark that would set my holistic and spiritual journey on fire. The good kind of fire! 🔥✨ In short, palo santo was (and still is) used by shamans, healers, and priests to cleanse the energy and negative vibes roaming around us or in a certain space. The smoke that rises of a lit stick is believed to enter our energy field and clear negativity, low vibrations, and evil spirits. The word literally means “holy wood” in Spanish and the palm-size wood sticks of it come from trees that grows in Central and South America. The intense aroma Palo Santo releases has also been proven to relief allergies, headaches, asthma, and stress. It also helps with reducing emotional stress, raising energetic vibration, boosting the immune system and aiding our creativity. All this in something as pure and natural as wood from a sacred tree! Amazing, isn't it?

How do I use it? 

I burn the tip of the palo santo stick until I see a flame. Then I blow out the flame and walk around my home or office with the stick in my hand and creating circles or shaping infinity signs (like an horizontal 8) in the air while the smoke is being released from the wood stick. I also move it around my body from head to toe, and in circles around anything I want to cleanse. Products, gifts, plants, people, etc. (pst, I carry a palo santo stick in my purse 24/7!)

For headaches, I never take pills or anything toxic. I light on a palo santo wherever I am, or put three drops of eucalyptus oil on the palms of my hands, rub them together and inhale deeply for 5-10 times. This ALWAYS gets rid of the worst headaches and allergies I've had. Naturally :)

Please be careful when burning palo santo at home. Never leave it unsupervised if it's still burning. (just like candles and incenses)

Where to get it?

I get mine from Bolivia and Ecuador (best ones) but you can also get them at WholeFoods or even online, AND on my blog's shop!  For any product you buy, you'll get a palo santo and crystal with your purchase! Also, I'm coming up with some energy kits in the next few weeks which will be sold on my blog's shop too! Stay tuned, and stay magical! Always!





Crystals & Healing. How?

How many of you have discovered the power of crystals already? I posted a photo on my IG stories yesterday showing one of the many ways in which I use my crystals to heal, and immediately received dozens of questions from you guys. Therefore, I've decided to answer them here! Crystals came into my life 7 years ago when my mom and I began designing jewelry while I was still in college, but it wasn't until two years ago that I truly connected with my stones. I have over 20 crystals. Some were gifts from people very dear to me, others I've collected from the trips I embarked on for the blog. Auroville (India), Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), Ubud (Bali), Cusco (Peru), Thailand....Wherever the energy speaks to me, I make sure I get a crystal. The first thing I do with my crystals is clean their energy and activate my intention and connection to them.  Below are some easy steps. And, in case you wonder, my favorite stones are these: 

  • Rose quartz: the heart stone. It opens your heart to acceptance and love. Especially, self-love and forgiveness. I place this one on my heart or third eye when I lay in bed. Usually for 30 minutes. I also have it on my nightstand to calm my dreams.
  • Clear quartz: most powerful stone. It has a colorful world of its own and cleanses all your chakras. It removes negativity and stabilizes your emotions and soul. I wear this one on rings and necklaces.
  • Aquamarine: the stone of the sea. It calms and soothes and inspires you to seek truth and let go. It embodies all things connected to the sea and protects those who travel long distances. Strongest stone for healing throat chakra and cleansing respiratory tracks. 
  • Amethyst: the stone of the artist. A great stone for opening the crown chakra. It helps you find focus and amplifies your creative elements. Whether you are a writer, singer, painter, sculptor, or creator in any way, this is your to-go stone. I carry mine as a ring, or in my purse and take it out every time I need to reconnect. I place it on the palm of my hand during my mediations. 
  • Turquoise: oldest stone in man's history. The stone of protection. It attracts happiness and good fortune, and cleans negative energy from your environment. I use this stone as a ring and wear it 24/7.

They way in which I clean my crystals is by rinsing them with cold water (for about 30 seconds under running cold water) or by putting them in a bowl of water with some lavender and roses for about 10-30 minutes. Then, I burn sage or palo santo and move the palo santo or sage around the crystal in circles repeating my intentions. "I clear this crystal of all negative energy with the help of the four elements of nature". Then, I place it on my left palm, close it tightly, and activate it by saying "I dedicate the healing energy of this crystal for..... (whatever you wish to heal, let go, feel, etc...)". I finish the cleanse by leaving my crystals for a few hours under the sun, or the moon (if it's full moon night). That's it! Simple, beautiful and powerful!