19.6.12

Smudge Sticks DIY


Smudge Sticks are a Native American tradition of burning bundles of dried herbs to encourage spiritual cleansing and clearing negative energy. 
They are ideal for creating balance especially after an argument, bad news, bad day etc. 
I used to buy these bundles at Whole Foods until I smartened up and realized how easy they are to make at home.  


I use lavender, rosemary and sage as they grow in my garden and have specific purposes in my cleanse. 

The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to 'wash off' the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Lavender, This native of Europe is often used for invitation of the spirits. The name may be derived from the Latin lavare (to wash) or livendula (meaning bluish). In ancient times lavender was an important herb used in mummification. Rosemary brings about mental clarity and calmness by allowing you to ’let go’ of any negative thoughts/programs you have been holding on to.
(source)

 Using a natural string wrap them around the base tucking the leaves in, I used sage on the outside as it had the widest leaves.  
Let them hang dry for about a week- more if you live in a high humidity area.  
I didn't get a good photo of them burning but just set the end on fire and wave it around or blow gently on the embers.  I use one smudge for about four cleanses.  I walk around the house, getting each room and corner, with stop off in the bathrooms and kitchen to shake off ashes.  Usually just walking around briskly will produce enough smoke, I try not to blow on it directly unless I'm over a sink so as to avoid ash damage or staining.  Feel free to meditate on your cleanse or declare your intentions. 
I'm also pretty obsessed with Incense  
Do you use smudge sticks or incense? 

11 comments:

Angela said...

I will admit that I have never actually heard the term "smudge stick" but I think this is a brilliant idea!

Nicole Marie said...

Pretty interesting.. never heard of this.

Krystal said...

does it create balance? i could use some of that :)

Lady Grey said...

Fun! I really should try this sometime. They turned out beautifully.

tulpen said...

I think I have those herbs in our garden. I'd like to try this but would have to skip the sage. It makes me nauseous (bad experience on Dead tour... shudder)

Mama Gone Green said...

I made smudge sticks once to clean out some bad vibes in our house. I should do it more since I can make thenm form our garden!

Punctuation Mark said...

I seriously need to get some of these going... Need a serious cleanse! Have a nice one!

cpcable said...

This is the perfect thing to do with my extra CSA rosemary. Thanks for the inspiration!

drollgirl said...

i think i could use this! there is nothing like the fresh smell of herbs.

i need some kind of herb for my ears. my ears are driving me nuts and i do not want to go to the doctor for pills. hoping to find a natural remedy to ease these aching ears. i think i must have sensitive ears or something. who woulda thought.

nunu said...

yes, we're a big fan of smudging new spaces. this is cool that you made them yourself. i look forward to living somewhere long enough to grow things!

Dani G said...

I've always used she for cleansing new spaces!

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