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Growing up in Tennessee, Fall meant fires in our family wood-burning stove. I loved that earthy, rustic smell of burning wood! We’d gather around the stove as a family on Sunday evenings and play board games, read books and relax. It was really special. Although David and I don’t have a wood-burning stove or fireplace, I’m slowly finding alternate ways to incorporate that warm, cozy aroma nonetheless.

Last Fall, Heylee turned me onto Palo Santo sticks, which I’d never heard of before. Basically, they’re small chips of fragrant wood that can be burned as incense. Vintage ash trays, like Heylee used above, work great as burning surfaces. She recommends MysticCraft Etsy shop as a good source and they describe the history and use of Palo Santo sticks below.


Palo Santo or ‘Holy Wood’ has been used for thousands of years by indigenous people of south america. Palo Santo incense wood has to die of natural causes and lay on the jungle floor for years before it gets it’s signature smell, making it a sustainable product. People have tried cutting live Palo Santo trees and letting it age but it doesn’t get the same smell.

The word Palo Santo meaning holy wood actually represents 3 trees which are all extremely dense and are very good for carving and making things that will last a long time.

The smoke is extremely fragrant and cleansing, it physically cleanses the air by attaching to dust and making it fall to the ground as well as clearing the energy, leaving the space and yourself feeling calm and relaxed.

Palo Santo can be burned to keep bugs out of a space as well as to keep mold from growing in moist environments.

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There are so many other wonderful ways to perfume a home. How do you like to layer aroma into your space?



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  • Reply cindy landham October 13, 2015 at 8:37 am

    OH WOW – i LOVE this idea! Haven’t thought of it since the old incense practices of college. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the smell of wood and leather gloves and earth. You have opened my eyes to new possibilities again Hilary. Thank you!

  • Reply Christina October 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

    How cool!! I’m usually a huge candle lover, but after moving into our smaller apartment, candles tend to overwhelm the space a bit too much. I wonder if these would be a better option!

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