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How To Tell If Your Palo Santo Is Real

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How To Tell If Your Palo Santo Is Real

Smudging practices have been used for centuries for their cleansing properties to infuse spaces with positive energy. One of the preferred woods for smudging is Palo Santo, also well known as the “Holy Wood,” which has become a household name over the years.


The Palo Santo fragrance is unique and has been considered sacred since ancient times in Peru and Ecuador. This wood with a mystical scent has quietly woven its way into spiritual practices all over the world. Because of the current world market trend, the demand for authentic Palo Santo smudge sticks has increased exponentially. Unfortunately, the situation has simultaneously expanded the growth of inauthentic or unethically harvested Palo Santo.


So How Do You Know If Your Palo Santo Is Real?


The Scent of the Smoke is Unique

If you have ever experienced genuine and high-quality Palo Santo wood, I think you will agree that its musky, sweet smoke is simply like no other. Palo Santo has a distinct, almost sacred, aroma that other woods cannot replicate. After experiencing the scent of authentic Palo Santo, you have already set a standard for your next smudging experience!



What Color is the Wood

One of the main indicators of whether the Palo Santo wood is authentic, or not, is the color which immediately gives away the quality of the wood. Authentic Palo Santo has soft orange streaks layered along the amber-colored grain of the wood. But pay close attention as unscrupulous sellers often submerge regular wood in oils to replicate the color and scent of Palo Santo.


Unfortunately, this practice has become rampant due to Palo Santos rising popularity. The only way to avoid this is to be vigilant, try a sample, or ask to see certification of where the wood was harvested. Buying from reputable stores and sellers also lessens the chances of getting fake Palo Santo smudge sticks. Read more…

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