The length of time that palo santo lasts can vary depending on the size of the smudge stick, how it is being used and the quality of the wood. Generally, palo santo can burn for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more, depending on the size of the stick and the burning conditions.
When using palo santo for smudging or cleansing purposes, a small piece can be lit and allowed to burn for a few seconds before blowing out the flame. The stick will then smolder and release its fragrant smoke, which can be used to cleanse the air or create a calming atmosphere.
A single stick of palo santo can be used for multiple smudging sessions, as the wood will continue to release its fragrance and cleansing properties over time.
If using palo santo as incense, a larger piece can be lit and placed in a holder designed for burning incense. The stick will burn slowly and release its fragrance for up to an hour or more, depending on its size and the temperature which it is being heated at.
Quality of the Wood
It is important to note that the quality of the palo santo can also affect how long it lasts. Lower quality palo santo may burn more quickly and release less fragrance, while higher quality wood will burn more slowly and release a stronger aroma.
When storing palo santo, it is best to keep it in a dry and cool place to help preserve its fragrance and quality. Properly stored palo santo can last for several years or even longer, making it a great investment for those who enjoy its unique properties.