Smudging is an activity that everyone can enjoy, as long as you remain respectful and open minded about the history of Peruvian native people. Luna Sundara aims to foster an inclusive environment for all and elevate Latin American culture and products.
These long-lasting Palo Santo sticks make perfect smudging tools. Smudging is a ritual through which we cleanse the energy of a physical space, object or person. Sustainably harvested in Peru. Luna Sundara only works with suppliers who utilize ethical, fair trade and sustainable practices.
- Always sustainably harvested from Peruvian reserves.
- Supporting the social and economic welfare of local communities.
- Sustainable and reusable packaging to reduce single use waste.
- This item contains 100 grams of various size palo santo sticks.
- The number of sticks varies since this item is sold by weight.
- SERFOR (National Forest Service and Wildlife) certified
- What is Palo Santo?
Bursera graveolens, known in Spanish as Palo Santo, is a wild tree native to coastal South America. Belonging to the same family as copal, myrrh and frankincense, Palo Santo literally translates to “Holy Wood”. It was once renowned among Incan cultures and is now traditionally used by present-day shamans and healers for its purification attributes. When burned, the smoke is believed to provide medicinal and therapeutic healing energies, giving you a more profound connection to your being.
- How do you use and/or burn Palo Santo?
Use a lighter to ignite your Palo Santo stick, allowing it to burn for approximately one minute. Waft the smoke around the desired area or anywhere else you desire clear energy. From there, you may place the stick in an incense burner and leave to smoulder. When burned, the smoke is believed to provide medicinal and therapeutic healing energies, giving you a more profound connection to your being.
Once finished, deposit the used stick in a bowl of metal, glass or clay, where it will eventually burn out. Please remember to exercise caution when working with fire.
- What is smudging?
Smudging is a ritual through which we cleanse the energy of a physical space, object or person. Begin with a clear and simple intention. Once you have your intention firmly in mind, light the Palo Santo stick as per the instructions above. Walk around the area, fanning the smoke and focusing on clearing away negative energy as the Palo Santo stick burns down.
- Where do Luna Sundara products come from?
All Luna products are sustainably sourced and harvested from local communities in Peru and Ecuador. We are continually working to expand our practice, and hope to one day work with artisanal communities throughout all of South America.
- How does Luna Sundara harvest Palo Santo wood?
All our Palo Santo products are wildcrafted and sustainably harvested. Because Palo Santo wood can only be harvested after it has naturally fallen and left to dry for some time, we extract the wood from Ecuadorian reserves. At Luna Sundara, we responsibly collect our Palo Santo in a way that promotes the sustainability and reforestation of the tree itself. This ultimately respects the sanctity of the wood and allows for its continued growth. We exclusively utilize these botanicals as a means of supporting the social and economic welfare of local communities, ensuring the highest quality products possible and creating meaningful relationships with those around us.
- What kinds of artisans does Luna Sundara work with?
At Luna Sundara, we believe in the importance of empowering artisans to change their local communities for the better, creating a positive chain reaction that grows to impact the whole world.
Co-founder Sandra Manay’s Peruvian background is key to establishing authentic relationships with Luna’s suppliers and farmers. By prioritizing the personal connection with these artisans, Luna is privileged to aid in the betterment of lives and uplift local communities throughout South America.
All of our suppliers utilize ethical, fair trade and sustainable practices.
- Is my Palo Santo sprayed with essential oils?
Distilling Palo Santo is a very lengthy and expensive process; it takes a very long time and skills to distill just one liter. We wouldn't spray essential oils on a stick because it wouldn't be profitable and it wouldn't make sense. The oil that you see on your stick comes from a natural process — there's oil and resin inside a stick naturally.