While at Young Living’s Ecuador farm, I had the amazing opportunity to smell and experience Palo Santo oil straight from the trunk of a Palo Santo tree. Young Living doesn’t just have a few Palo Santo trees, they have a forest! In fact this forest is where, in the early days of the Ecuador Farm, Gary, Mary and the boys would meet to read from the Bible and pray about their family, Young Living and the farm. It was so amazing to be able to smell the wood and immediately recognize it as the scent of the oil that I have used so many times to ease the pain in my shoulder.
Did you know that the Palo Santo essential oil is distilled from the wood, not the leaves, of the plant and that in order to produce the perfect quality oil the tree must die and fall over naturally? Now you might be thinking “Just chop down the tree and distill it. Everything would go a lot faster that way, plus wouldn’t the tree have more oils when it is alive anyway?” and this is where you
would be wrong. The Palo Santo trees are protected in Ecuador so they cannot be cut down, but that is perfectly fine with Young Living because when the Palo Santo tree falls over and dies naturally it begins to rapidly produce oils and concentrate them in the trunk in an effort to heal its injury, not realizing that, being up rooted, it is far past recovering. Isn’t it amazing how God creates plants in awesome ways to help us? Also, instead of distilling the trunk as soon as it hits the ground, Young Living must allow the tree to lay there for a minimum of 2 to 4 YEARS in order to produce the highest quality oils! Think of how much patience you would need! So next time you grab your bottle of Palo Santo oil, imagine all the years that went into that bottle, and all the care that was taken in producing it to the highest quality.
Pictures in this article were taken by me in Young Living’s Ecuador farm.