Typically the first thing out of people's mouths when they enter the Merc is, "wow, it smells so great in here!" It's true. More often than not, that intoxicating aroma comes from burning Palo Santo. The dense wood is a tropical tree grown in Ecuador, in the same family (Burseraceae) as frankincense and myrrh, unsurprisingly.
This incredibly smart wood only produces its aromatic aroma once it dies of natural causes, thus it is not currently cultivated. All wood is harvested in the wild Amazonian rain forest. Dating back to the time of the Incans, the heartwood is trimmed into thin slices of wood and burned from one end. Smudging ceremonies, where people are 'smoked,' removes bad energy and cleanses spirits, promoting good fortune.
Natural essential oils in Palo Santo contain rich resins composed mostly of limonene with many other fragrant compounds. Naturally anti-bacterial, the essential oil is truly cleansing. Studies have shown that exposure to these oils have inhibited growth of cancerous cells. It has additionally been shown to dissolve cholesterol and reduce the recurrence of heart burn and gall stones.
We're honored to announce the launch of our first signature candle, the Ceremony Woodfire. Made of 100% pure essential oils in a combination of healing Palo Santo, Fir, Patchouli, and Cedarwood.