Desrosiers International


Product Description

Latin Name: Bursera graveolens
Part of Plant: Wood (aged wood from fallen trees)
Country of Origin: Ecuador
Method of Production: Steam Distillation

Bursera graveolens, also known as Holy Wood and commonly known as Palo Santo, is a small aromatic tree native to South America that is a member of the Burseraceae botanical family. The wood of the tree has been traditionally popular as incense for spiritual and religious uses. The essential oil is distilled from the heartwood of trees that have naturally fallen and have been lying dead for at least two years.

Palo Santo essential oil has a woody aroma that blends well with other wood and resin oils. Try diffusing alone or with oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, or Patchouli to create a relaxing environment for meditation. Consider blending with Lavender and Mandarin for a calming after bath body oil. Also, try blending with oils like Roman Chamomile, Copaiba, and Marjoram and properly dilute in a lotion or carrier oil for a soothing massage after a long workout.

Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.
  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil. Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.
  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.
  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling.

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.
  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).

Dermal Max: 3.4%
Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided. Should be stored in a cool, dark place, preferably a refrigerator. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center. Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention. Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.


This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy

Rhind, J. P. (2020). Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Handbook for Aromatic Therapy, Third Edition. Singing Dragon

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