These special Palo Santo Cones are produced from the bark of sustainably harvested Palo Santo trees, helping reduce any waste from the Palo Santo industry. They are handmade, 100% natural with no chemicals, synthetic aromas or charcoal added. They come snugly packed in a reusable black tin.
About Palo Santo
Palo Santo only comes from trees that die and fall in a natural way. They are then dried for 3-5 years and compressed, secreting its oil and acquiring its medicinal and aromatic properties. Palo Santo sticks are often used for ritual burning, the darker colour bark of these branches and trees is often discarded but my new incense cones use this previous by-product, reducing waste and giving a richer scent than normal Palo Santo sticks.
Palo Santo is a sacred wood that has healing properties and is native to the coast of South America. In Spanish, Palo Santo means “holy wood” or wood of the saints. It is a strong medicine that has been popularised for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear. The aroma from Palo Santo is just incredible, very fresh with hints of mint and citrus, proving to be one of the most fragrant woods. It confers extraordinary blessings to those who use it. Burn Palo Santo for healing or cleaning and as natural incense.
Is Palo Santo Endangered?
The Palo Santo you buy from House of Formlab is all from the Bursera Graveolens tree. This tree is not endangered. Bursera Graveolens – is not filed on CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
Palo Santo is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of botanicals such as Bursera Graveolens, Bulnesia Sarmientoi (also known as Verawood) and Guaiacum (often abbreviated to Guaiac) which is where much of the confusion has begun. Only Bulnesia Sarmientoi (Verawood) and Guaiacum (Guaiac) are listed as an endangered species. Bursera Graveolens is not listed as an endangered species.
Palo Santo smudging sticks from the Bursera Graveolens tree are not cut from living trees. This is a prohibited practice as the species is considered sacred. The holy wood is harvested only if it has fallen naturally. The fallen wood then needs 3 to 5 years of drying to produce the right conditions for the oils to be released and for it to burn and smoke correctly. These trees are still considered vulnerable and a lot is being done to support the many small communities which rely on the industry.
Our Palo Santo Incense Cone supplier practices sustainable harvesting and only collects fallen wood from the Bursera Graveolens (not endangered) variety.
At House of Formlab, we always try to source our products in an ethically minded way. We only choose high-quality products and work with trusted and reputable suppliers.
With love and crystal infused blessings,