I have been all over our Instagram story as of late smudging away. I feel like at this point in time most of you know what smudging is but in case you don't I will give you a brief rundown.......
The burning of sage is one of the oldest methods of energy cleansing. Today we mostly associate this act with the Native American culture however, the burning of herbs and resin for cleansing is common practice shared amongst many cultures. "From the rich frankincense of the Church and the Middle Eastern bazaar, to the heady incenses of Asia, to the raw energy of brush burning in many native cultures"—the purification of space through this practice is a global phenomenon and one you can benefit from highly.
With all the negativity swirling about us in the world right now it is super important for us to remove any and all bad vibes and energy from our own personal space. Maybe, you think it is hokie and weird and you don't at all believe in the power of plants to cleanse. If that is you then I respect that and you can just think of smudge sticks as incense. Cleansing aside sage smells amazing and she you make your own smudge sticks you get to add in any other flowers or herbs your little heart desires. So lets get to it..............
Here is How To Make Your Own
- floral sheers
- Lavender (peace of mind and restfulness)
- Mugwort (intuition, banishes negative energy)
- White Sage (joy, wisdom and restores harmony)
- Rosemary (mental acuity and purification)
- Thyme (positivity and courage)
- Pine (serenity and rejuvenation)
- Heather (new beginnings and self-discovery)
- Meadowsweet (love and calmness)
- Agastache (mood-lifting qualities, anti-depressant)
1) Gather your ingredients. I used a variety of fresh varieties of fresh sage, fresh agastache, and dried lavender. I prefer starting with fresh herds and flowers as I find them easier to wrap.
2) Start by trimming your greenery to size, layering your ingredients, and positioning the bases of the largest leaves (or stemmed herbs) at the same level as one another. This makes the binding process a bit easier.
3) Cut a piece of twine (or 100% cotton thread) (about an arms-length). Find the middle of the twine, tie this around the base of your smudge stick and securely tie a knot.
4) Begin to cross the twine back and forth spiraling the twin toward the top. Fold in any stray sprigs, tucking them under the string as you go. Note: Make sure as you wrap you are wrapping very tightly so that it stays bound as the flowers shrink during the drying process.
5) Once you reach the top of the bundle continue wrapping, crisscrossing the twine as you head back down toward the base. Tie the loose end to the original knot at the base of the stick.