Is Palo Santo Mentioned in the Bible?
A question I am often asked is if palo santo is mentioned in the bible.
Many people who enjoy burning frankincense and myrrh resin (which were the resins given to baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men in the Holy Bible) often ask me if it is alright for them to burn palo santo wood, or if it is considered heresy of some sort.
Although I am Buddhist, I have read the Bible more then a couple times and I don’t remember a single time where palo santo was mentioned.
From the information I have gathered online, it seems that the reason some Christians don’t condone the use of palo santo is due to it’s traditional use and purpose in South America, where it was sometimes used to dispel “negative energy”, or even keep spirits at bay. Although, it’s worth noting that it was also used for social gatherings due to it’s bright aroma, as well as more practical purposes such as repelling mosquitoes and other insects.
The other side of the argument seems to say that since incense is a common theme in the Holy Bible, as long as you are simply using palo santo for it’s pleasant aroma, then it should be no different then any other incense.
My advice is, if you are a strict Christian, then perhaps you should talk with your local pastor or church and see what they think about it. This way you can be sure that you are doing the right thing in accordance with your local religious chapter.
I would love to hear any opinions on this topic, so please use the comment section below!