Palo Santo Materia Medica


Palo santo is a member of the Burseraceae family (which also includes elemi, frankincense and myrrh). As the twigs of the tree are reminiscent of incense, the English common name for palo santo is “incense tree.”

Palo santo has as long a history of medicinal use as it does of sacred and ritual use. Its therapeutic actions include: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-cancer, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, cardiac tonic, decongestant, diuretic, febrifuge (reduces fever), sedative, sudorific (stimulates sweating).

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21 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Psoric
Sefirah: Binah
Primary Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and history; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; petrified wood; Air, Water and Earth elements; neurasthenia; Psoric miasm; Binah

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