Smudge sticks can be used for any ritual or just general house cleansing
Native American tribes used smudge sticks, there fires where always built with a
combination of herbs and flowers, also the smoke signals were made with white sage,
this herb produces a lot of smoke.
I have given you an alphabetical list of the herbs and flowers you can use also the
meanings, which is helpful when you want to make a special one.
I have grown many of these herbs and flowers myself over the years, the different
fragrant smells from them, also are stunning having them around the house in pots
or in the garden. I pick many of them now off the mountains, only taking as much
as I need and never digging the full plant up. Leave it in its own environment. You
benefit from them in every way then, it also keeps your costs down.
You will also need natural twine or cottons in different colours, the colours help
define which rituals you have made them for, try to keep everything as natural as
you can. other materials give off toxins that can be really harmful.
You will also need a selection of herbs and plants that are appropriate
Collect a selection cut them neatly, I usually do this when it has been a dry day
when the sun starts to go down, they are usually quite dry then, (full moon can be
more beneficial to) only take as much as you need and thank them afterwards, I usually
tidy them up then give them some special tea’s ( my own rotted down vegetables which
I strain off and then water down, the rest I don’t need then goes into the compost
bin) always giving them my thanks and blessings.
Lay them flat on newspaper, when assembling them start at the bottom secure tightly
with twine or cotton then wrap the twine or cotton around the herbs or plants making
sure plenty of the leaves show through, while trying to encase them securely.
Always working from the bottom to the top and securing again at the top end
Trim them when finished, don’t worry too much how messy they may look at this time
everything will shrink as they dry then you can tidy them up.
Lay them on fresh paper and wrap tightly this helps them to dry quickly store in
a cool dry place, changing the paper every day. If you don’t do this they will take
longer to dry and then they will start to rot and smell fusty do this for about seven
to 10 days.
Your smudge sticks should now be dry trim off any wayward leaves etc
Always light your smudge stick with a candle, it’s easier this way as the smudge
stick takes awhile to ignite fully once alight
place in a fire proof bowl. Once it starts burning gently blow the flame out it will
then start to smoulder gently fan the smoke around yourself this will bring positive
energy replacing all your negative thoughts with good ones
Never leave them unattended
Always blow out the flame leaving it to smoulder like an incense stick
Never inhale the smoke
Always dispose of the stick in an environmentally friendly way
I usually run it under the tap and then put into the compost bin
Happy smudging and love and light
This helpful guide will help you gather the right plants for the right occasion.
Agrimony – helps to see thing as they truly are , and for psychic shielding
Aloe – strong willpower and inner energy
Angelica –burn died leaves for protection and healing
Anise – keeps away nightmares
Apple- for love beauty friendship youth and innocence