With each new month, I like to freshen things by cleansing out my house. I declutter anything that’s built up, change up the accent colors: pillows, linens, dishtowels, some artwork, new fruit + vegetables to line the bowls, and most importantly, Palo Santo. Also known as "holy wood," Palo Santo wood sticks have been used for centuries by indigenous Amazonians hoping to ward off evil spirits. As we recently discovered, they also lend a more practical service by freshening up your house with the slightly sweet smell they emit when lit. Unlike traditional incense sticks, the little logs burn slowly allowing them to be used many times. The soothing scent is also harnessed for homeopathy, helping with colds, asthma, arthritis and other ailments*.