Hello coven mates!
So something I see come up on other forums and websites a lot is the big debate about using palo santo. A lot of people like to use this wood for smoke cleansing, and there lately have been a lot of people spreading the misinformation that you should not use any palo santo because the tree it comes from is endangered.
This is half true, and half false!
The term "palo santo" is not the name of any one tree. The word means "Holy Wood", and is used to refer to several different species of trees. Bulnesia Sarmientoi , also known as Verawood, and Guaiacum , which is a family of several shrubs and trees, are both endangered species of plants that categorized as "palo santo". All of the endangered species of trees mentioned produce a dark or red wood. All of these species are CITES woods which require permit to sell and obtain.
Another tree, most widely harvested and sold as "palo santo wood", is the species Bursera Graveolens , which is not endangered, nor is it a CITES species. This tree is sustainibly harvested and dried for spiritual uses. It is not related to any of the endangered species noted above, and can be recognized by its sweet, piney fragrance and light, yellow wood, sometimes with small streaks of darker color as it ages.
I hope this information spreads! B. Graveolens wood has amazing properties for cleansing areas and restoring good energies, and I would hate for folk to miss out on using such a wonderful tool because of misinformation. <3
Anyways, I wish all who read this happiness and prosperity, have a wonderful day!