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Creating a smudge stick

By Becky , Apr 3 2017 02:33PM

Modern and Ancient tribes and cultures of Europe, India, Asia, Africa, people in the northern and Southern Hemispheres use and have used the bundling and burning of plants as an innately human artistic, spiritual, and healing expression. They are so important for creating and clearing space. If you are drawn to creating your own is a wonderfully rewarding ritual in itself

Things You'll Need

Cotton String in any colour you are drawn to use

Garden clippers

White Sage and other herbs & flowers you wish to include (do research, some plants shouldn't be burnt)

Cut off pieces of the plants in lengths about a hand long. For more leafy plants, you can make the pieces shorter, but you may want to use a longer piece for a plant that has fewer leaves.

Cut a length of string about five feet long. Put several branches together so that the cut ends are all together, and the leafy ends are all together.

Take 4-6 sprigs and place them together, smoothing the leaves to lay down toward the stem. Take three feet (one outstretched arms length) of thread.

Find the middle of the thread, wrap a few times around the bottoms of the stems.

Wind the string tightly around the stems of the bundle, leaving two inches of loose string where you began.

Wrap the remaining length of string around the base of the branches several times to secure it. Then, gradually, work your way along the length of branches until you reach the leafy end. Return the string back up to the stems, creating a bit of a criss-cross pattern. You'll want to wind the string tightly enough that nothing gets loose, but not so tight that it cuts off pieces of the plants.

When you get back to the stems, tie the remainder of the string to the 2" loose piece you left at the beginning. Trim off any excess pieces so that the ends of your smudge stick are even.

Place the bundle outside or hang it up for drying. Depending on what type of herb you used, and how humid your weather is, it may take a couple of days or as much as a week to dry out. When your sticks are dry, you can burn them in ritual for smudging by lighting one end.

How to smudge- -

Light the end of your wand. After it is ignited for about 10-15 seconds, blow out the flame and direct the smoke around your body and/or the area you wish to "purify". Some prefer putting the smoking wand in a fireproof container such as an Abalone bowl or a Clay bowl and directing the smoke with your hand or a smudge feather.

Or alternativly buy one of our seasonal white sage smudge stickers HERE

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