About Our Ethically Sourced Palo Santo

About Our Ethically Sourced Palo Santo

By Helen Yin

About Our Ethically Sourced Palo Santo

Although Palo Santo is not an endangered tree (as determined by IUCN), it's critical that it is harvested in a sustainable manner because its habitat – tropical dry forest – is threatened.

"Experts like those at the IUCN say that more demand combined with responsible cultivation and harvesting could be good for the species and its habitat. Land that might be razed to raise cattle would have higher economic value if farmers can plant palo santo and sell it for a good price. Buy it from small business, not a huge corporate retailer." (Article)

Here's a video on how Palo Santo is used

The Palo Santo sticks that we took months to source are cut from naturally fallen/dead trees and produced in strict accordance with governmental regulations. Regulations surround the collection, processing, and distribution. Additionally, the company we source from is committed to supporting reforestation efforts and ensuring ethical supply chains. They have planted 50,000 palo santo seedlings to date, adhere to MAGAP (Ecuador) and SERFOR (Peru), as well as have independently-conducted 3rd party audits to ensure there's transparency and accountability in sustainable harvesting and humane labor practices (paying living wages and not exploiting local labor).

These palo santo sticks were twice the cost of the next option specifically because of the company's sustainability mission and commitment.

I can't honestly say that I know the farmers who harvested these Palo Santo sticks, so if this is important to you then here's a brand we like: Anima Mundi.

Closed Practice of Smudging (The Four Sacred Medicine: Sage, Sweet Grass, Tobacco, and Cedar)

It's important to be mindful that the process of smudging (burning of substances like sage during sacred events) is a closed practice to the indigenous community.

Here's a video to learn more.


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