The Palo Santo Reforestation Program

by Andrea Butje on November 6, 2013

Palo Santo treeI’ve had the pleasure of working with Ecuadorian Hands, a company that connects Ecuadorian artisans with the rest of the world through the sales of their crafts.

One of Ecuadorian Hands’ star products is Palo Santo essential oil.

After testing Palo Santo with GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry), we discovered that it contains significant levels of limonene. I like to use limonene-rich oils such as Palo Santo (and the citrus oils) in anti-infectious blends for colds and flu, sinus infections, skin infections, pain and muscle spasms.

In order to extract essential oil from the Palo Santo tree, they use wood that has fallen naturally. While Ecuadorian Hands isn’t deforesting to produce their essential oils, they still feel the need to return the fallen trees, which is why they support the Palo Santo Reforestation Program.

Through their support of this program, a percentage of money generated by the sale of their Palo Santo products goes directly to the project, which six years ago enabled the creation of a greenhouse. Since then, 40,000 trees have been planted.

To learn more about the Palo Santo Reforestation Program, watch the video below, and read more on Ecuadorian Hands’ website.

Palo Santo tree image from Aromatics International.

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Eliane Zimmermann November 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

andrea, do you happen to know whether it’s d or l-limonene? it could also be a very precious antitumoral oil in case it’s d-limonene. this wonderful oil finally helped me when no single oil could soothe a hurting ring finger for weeks.


Andrea Butje November 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

it has d-limonene. :)


Isabelle Gelle November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Very interesting Andrea. Would you know how Palo Santo smell like? I have never used it in perfumery but it could be a nice one to add to the palette unless it smells too medicinal?


Andrea Butje November 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm

The aroma is resinous, warm, intense, woody, strong, sweet….very unique aroma but not medicinal.


Fabrizio November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Eliane, it is d-limonene, learn more>


Sarah Chapman November 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Isabella, The Palo Santo has a sweet smell when burned compared to that of white sage. It also isn’t over-powering or very smoky like sage. Every time I burn it, people comment how much they prefer it. I’m not sure how it would smell as an oil, but I think it would probably be nice and light.


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