Palo santo ("Holy Wood”), is a wild tree native from the Yucatán Peninsula to Peru and Venezuela. According to the local customs, it is used against the bad energy in your home. Palo santo is common today as a type ofincense, which gives off an aroma reminiscent of baked apples or burnt sugar.
Palo santo may be burned, similar to incense, by lighting shavings of palo santo wood as seen in this store. In Peru, ashaman, ormedicine man, reportedly lights palo santo sticks to "clear misfortune, negative thoughtprints and evil spirits.