Wellness | How to make your own sage smudge stick…

The practice of ‘smudging’ has been around for centuries.  Originating in the Americas this ceremony was practised by Indigenous people. It involves the burning of sacred herbs, in some cases for a spiritual cleansing or blessing.

While the particulars of the ceremonies, and the herbs used can vary widely between tribes and nations, many use forms of sage (common sage or white sage) and cedar (Palo Santo) that is local to their region. 

‘Smudging’ rituals are known for their ability to clean energy, restore balance, and banish negativity. For thousands of years, cultures around the world have believed that a person’s energy is like perfume – once you come in contact with someone else’s vibes, good or bad, they tend to linger for a while.

I like to smudge the house after an argument or when the kids bicker. Or if I’ve had bad news or a stressful day.  It’s a chance to banish negativity and welcome peace and clarity.

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the ancient practice, you’ve probably seen smudge sticks – you know, those fat, leafy bundles of sage that pop up on yoga instructors Instagram accounts.  They needn’t be just for those in the wellness industry or a bit of hippy nonsense.  They are a lovely thing to do, and to make.

I’m gonna show you how to make your own…

How to make a sage smudge stick

You will need:

  1. sage & any other herbs or flowers you might like.
  2. cotton string – natural twine.
  3. scissors

First of all you need to gather herbs and flowers which you are going to burn.  The main basis is sage, and luckily for me, I have a sage bush growing in my garden.  Added to your bundle you can use the following:

  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • rose petals
  • thyme
  • cedar
  • pine

anything that is aromatic.

  1. gather your foraged ingredients.  You might want a pure sage bundle or add a few bits of lavender. It’s up to you.
  2. Tie the bundle at the base with a secure knot.
  3. Starting in the centre, wrap the string toward the top of the bundle before returning to the base. Be sure to crisscross tightly, but not to the point where you crush the contents. Cut off any excess string.
  4. Hang the bundle upside down in a cool, dry place for at least a week.
  5. Now it’s time to smudge! Light one end evenly over a heat-safe bowl and let it burn for a few seconds, before putting out the flame. Set an intention and carefully use the smoking sage stick to cleanse your space.