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sage vs palo santo

by victoria larkins |

Sage and Palo Santo are both powerful space cleansers. Their power + potency lies in the sacred earth element ignited by the fire element to restore what is natural + dissolve all disharmonious energy. What most don’t know is how + when to use either.

The Latin word for sage, salvia, means to heal. Burning sage has traditionally been associated with increasing wisdom, clarity, and spiritual awareness. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, a natural way of putting people into a more positive mood. On a practical level, scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space. It also shifts stuck energy. It works by neutralizing your energy field, a subtle yet powerful process that sharpens and enhances intuition. It is the Feminine of the two master cleansers for the way it disperses its influence, where palo santo’s smoke is much more contained (masculine) + thus effective for calling in a specific purpose or intention.

Palo Santo holds the power of your intent while simultaneously cleansing. Palo santo is a sacred wood that grows on the coast of South America and has been used by the indigenous shamans of the Andes and the Amazon for centuries. Palo Santo means “holy wood” in Spanish. When it’s burned, the smoke is believed to provide medicinal + therapeutic healing energy. Its calming + relaxing aroma is incredible, standing among the greatest of the world’s fragrant woods. Because of the extraordinary blessings it bestows upon those who have the good fortune to use it, this wood has touched the hearts and minds of countless people.

I always tell my clients to go with the scent you feel most called to in that moment. That says it all. Our bodies have an innate wisdom that connects us to the relevance of each moment. So take in this knowledge, yet also let yourself be free to honor your flow + light up whatever you desire.

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