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Make Your Own Multi-Herb Smudge Sticks


| 1/28/2020 10:34:00 AM


using a smudge stick 

Be sure to place a heat-proof vessel under your smudge stick to catch ashes. 

Smudge sticks, those little bundles of herbs wrapped in twine, emit an earthy, aromatic scent and help purify the space you inhabit. Smudging is an ancient tradition used by many cultures throughout the world.

Whether you smudge to honor those traditions or simply to establish your own ritual, there are good reasons for smudging. As a ritual, smudging can aid relaxation, relieve stress and anxiety, dispel negative emotions, enhance spirituality or meditation. And reports of some scientific studies indicate sage, the primary ingredient in smudge sticks, is a disinfectant that can clear a space of 94 percent of airborne bacteria. White sage (also known as California or bee sage) is the variety most often used in smudge sticks, but common garden sage has its own benefits and can easily be substituted. It's easy to make your own.

How to Make a Smudge Stick

1. When there is no dew, gather stems of any combination of these herbals from the yard and garden: sage (of course), lavender, yarrow, pine or other evergreen needles, rosemary, mint, basil, lemon balm, or other herbs of your choice which are readily available.



2. Lay the stems in a single layer on a clean surface and allow them to dry a bit — maybe a couple of days. You don’t want them to be crunchy, but mold will form if the plant material contains too much moisture.





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