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Are you using Incense and Essential Oils from natural resources in danger of extinction

When a specie of nature reaches a great popularity and demands in its use, some would say it is likely that it will reach a point of becoming an unsustainable resource. There are many found in this state today. For many of us this is a cause for high concern. It is impressive to realize this is happening at an accelerated pace, causing irreversible environmental damage.

In recent months I have cross over several blogs and social networks speaking frequently about this matter, listing some tree species in which the palo santo tree is found. I’ve tried to learn about their sources, and found them not quite accurate. Therefore I decided to dig up more into this matter and found out what is really happening to the bursera graveolens.

First let’s start talking about what this sacred wood is. Palo santo or Bursera Graveolens is a tree that normally grows in the dry-tropical forests of countries like Ecuador. Several communities of this country live from the trade of this sacred tree, traditionally used in spiritual practices by burning it to clean spaces of bad energies. Its properties and benefits make it a medicinal and curative resource, ONLY when using wood that has died naturally after 30-40 years. Cut trees are useless.

I could not find official information of palo santo being in danger of extintion, instead I came across with this post “Is palo santo really endangered?” from a company named EcuadorianHands. I must say it really caught my attention as they have very well documented with photos, videos, information (it is even located in the google map) all the process regarding their reforestation program aiming to restore the dry-tropical forest where palo santo lives. They focus their attention to educating the people of the communities to not cut the trees as well as to help with the reforestation. They have been reforesting for 5 years now and they have involved ecuadorian government to protect and mirror this project.

On their website they mention the following: “So contrary to what is currently being portrayed in social media, the real threat to this wood is precisely the lack of use, the little value we give to it. It is when this happens that this tree is going to be really in danger!” I understand of the communities that make their living from this trade do not find outlets for their products, the trees will will end up being cut down anyway, to use the land for other means that generate economic resources, such as cattleing, traditional agriculture.etc.

I am not sure palo santo is really endangered but as far a companies start using and managing natural resource in a sustainable way, I believe there is hope to build a better world for future generations!