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Palo Santo Gift Bundles

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matches and palo santo bundles in holiday gift wrapped boxes

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2018

Introduction

New to palo santo? Centuries old, this wood is derived from a wild tree native to Mexico and the coast of South America. Its Spanish name Bursera graveolens translates to mean "holy wood," and may even have spiritual superpowers: When burned, the sticks smell like lemons and pine, and are said to promote creativity, clear negative energy, and invite good luck.

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of DIY gifts and leftover wrapping paper ideas. This is just one of many natural ways to make your home smell like Christmas.

materials

  • Palo santo sticks (Pictured: World Seed Supply Bursera graveolens palo santo wood pieces, $25 for 1 lb. (about 65), worldseedsupply.com.)

  • Box of matches (Pictured: UCO long-burn matches, $3 for 50, rei.com.)

  • Small dish (Pictured: CB2 Cuatro small platter, $2.50, cb2.com.)

  • Wrapping paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

steps

  1. Cover a box of long kitchen matches in wrapping paper (cut to fit box, and secured with a glue stick for a refined effect).

  2. Set it on a tray with a bundle of palo santo incense sticks.

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