Have you ever been driving along a familiar road and then nearly passed your destination because you were on autopilot? We’re all guilty of zoning out at times, especially during monotonous activities like running errands, cleaning, or listening to someone drone on about the weather. But if you’re constantly defaulting to autopilot mode, who’s driving your life? When the days blend together and you feel like a passenger watching life pass you by, it’s time to change course.

Enter Palo Santo essential oil, your mindfulness guru, here to show you how to stay present and connect with your surroundings, so you can quit rushing through the day. This exotic essential oil comes from the Bursera graveolens tree native to South America, known in Spanish as Palo Santo, which means “holy wood” or “sacred tree.” With Palo Santo essential oil and some simple tips, you’ll be back in the driver’s seat of life in no time!

Get creative

Creative pursuits are a great way to engage the brain and body. You might think that creativity is something you have to be born with or that only artists have, but these are both myths. Anyone can become a creative person with a little practice! Try these activities to fuel your imagination and challenge your mind:

  • Stimulate your senses. Rub one drop of Palo Santo plus one drop of carrier oil between your palms for an inspiring scent as you work on your craft.
  • Take up a new hobby. Bullet journaling, soap making, and even rock climbing could be the creative outlet you need.
  • Be curious. Ask questions, read books, and learn as much as you can from those around you.
bottle of palo santo essential oil

Embrace your inner yogi

A pillar of yoga is focusing on your breath to push through difficult moments. When you practice mindful breathing, you train your brain to concentrate and be more aware of the here and now. Yoga also gets your body moving, which is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Use these tips to get even more out of your practice:

  • Add an EO to your flow. Before your practice, apply a few drops of Palo Santo onto your yoga mat for a grounding and calming aroma.
  • Tell sore muscles, “knot today.” Blend Palo Santo with V-6™ for an uplifting post-workout massage.
  • Let it go. As you release tension from your muscles, allow any negative thoughts to dissipate as well.

Turn to related essential oils

Palo Santo is a cousin of Frankincense and Myrrh, two other favorite picks for when you need to get your head out of the clouds. These EOs boast many of the same benefits and uses of Palo Santo essential oil. For instance, they each have woodsy and uplifting aromas. Learn how to use one, two, or all three to get grounded:

  • Find your Zen. Diffuse Palo Santo with Frankincense or Myrrh while you take a moment to sit quietly and reflect.
  • Clear your mind. Smell Frankincense straight from the bottle and let its warm, comforting scent relax you.
  • Boost your shower thoughts. Coax out your best ideas by diffusing Myrrh oil whi