The biggest sticks of handpicked palo santo available in Asia!
Palo Santo literally means 'holy wood' or 'holy stick' in Spanish. It is also known as The Wood of the Saints. This sacred tree only grows in a few parts of South America.
Our palo santo is hand picked and comes direct from Peru. These large pieces are extra resinous meaning the essential oils are more concentrated. The trees are wild grown, but as part of the plan of the Peruvian Forest Management, plantations are made and these trees are maintained in the desert, which is very very expensive.
As it is a species that is listed as 'VUNERABLE', there is a strict supervision of it by the Ministry of Agriculture through the National Forest Service and Wild Fauna (SERFOR) so that only dead branches and trunks are harvested and the plantations are made and maintained to ensure the continued life of the tree.
Small farmers, after the approval from the Ministry of Agriculture and/or the Regional Government of the Forest Management Plan, go through the distribution area of palo santo collecting the branches and trunks of the dry and dead trees, they also travel along the banks of streams and irrigation reservoirs where palo santo accumulates after the rainy season.
When the tree falls, it is a natural death. Only pieces that have been in the soil for 4-10 years are collected. A large part of the sapwood (soft and light part of the wood) is removed. If it is collected fresh, the wood is very soft and the palo santo rots and does not produce any scent.