This was my first experience using smudge sticks. I’ve always related them to cleansing a haunted home…you know, the movies with the paranormal expert walking through some terrified family’s house, with a smudge stick in one hand and a cross in the other…but they’re a natural way to scent a home, so why not?
In Spanish, Palo Santo means “holy wood”. The sticks are fallen branches from the Palo Santo tree; the sticks that I purchased (from Mountain Rose Herbs) are from Ecuador.
Palo Santo smudge stick use dates back to the Incans and are currently used by Amazonian shamans to clear negative thoughts and misfortune.
The scent is light, warm, woodsy, earthy, and delicious.
How to Burn Palo Santo Smudge Sticks
Light a smudge stick, wait for a few seconds, and blow out the flame. Only the smoke and embers will remain…just like with incense. Fan the stick lightly to keep the stick smoldering (I slowly walked around my apartment, going through each room). Unlike with incense, you have to babysit the stick by continuously fanning it, in order to keep the burn going. You can extinguish the stick in water.