Pono Palo Santo

June 24, 2020



Pono: Hawaiian word commonly translated as: righteousness or to consciously respect


I appreciate you wanting to know more about how to be Pono with Palo Santo. I've gathered resources on this page to help expand your awareness on the many facets of this sacred wood.


Let's clear the smoke on the topic of using Palo Santo in your ritual practices.


In the conscious community, the sustainability status of the plant is a common concern when using Palo Santo.


Many argue that Palo Santo is endangered and while that is not a myth, it is a misconception. In researching this topic, I found the following webpage to be extremely helpful in the differentiation between two species known as Palo Santo or holy wood, Bursera graveolens (stable) and Bulnesia sarmientoi (endangered). To be clear, the Palo Santo available from GYPSI is only Bursera graveolens.




Bursera Graveolens is NOT an endangered species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. As of June 22, 2020, IUCN has determined bursera graveolens species is presently "LC/ Least Concern" otherwise known as "stable". Does this mean it will be forever? No! Even though it is stable does not mean we should be using Palo for every ritual every single day. We must continue to hold this plant in a high regard with the awareness of it's popularity.



The Palo Santo GYPSI offers is Peruvian Bursera graveolens sourced from a Peruvian family. 



If you find yourself still unsure whether Palo Santo is the right smudge plant for you, GYPSI offers other bundles including rosemary, juniper, pine, and cypress. These alternatives are perfect for any one wanting to smudge with a plant that is native to Europe and North America.


If you find yourself or your loved ones are too sensitive to the smoke, try one of our aroma mists as a "spray smudge". When used with intention, our mists can be just as effective at clearing energy as our smudge bundles. 



Happy Smudging! 



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