Here are three simple steps to create your own smudge sticks
You’ve probably seen smudge sticks – those fat, leafy bundles of sage and other delightfully scented herbs (like rosemary) that pop up on wellness influencers’ social media accounts. Smudging isn’t just a trend: It’s a terrific way to purify the air around you. Most types of sage have antimicrobial properties, and certain varieties, like white sage, have been shown to repel insects. Not only that, but burning sage is thought to neutralize positive ions found in allergens like pet dander and dust. Plus, smudging leaves your home smelling great.
Here are three simple steps to create your own smudge sticks at home. When smoldering, the bundles give off a pleasant, cleansing aroma.
Gather your ingredients. Traditional smudging sticks are made up of dried sage, but many people like to include other combinations of their favorite dried herbs and flowers, like rosemary, dried rose petals, peppermint and lavender. Make sure everything you select is completely dried.
Create a tight, layered bundle. Try to position the bases of the largest leaves or stumps at the same level as one another so that they can easily be bonded together.
Measure a piece of thin cord, like hemp cord on cotton, four times the length of the cut flowers and branches. Wrap the cord around the bundle, and tie the ends of the cord together at the base of the bundle. Let the bundle sit for 7-10 days before using.
Once you’re ready to use your smudge stick, light up with care. Keep nearby windows open to allow for ventilation, and hold the bundle at a 45-degree angle. Once you light it, let it burn for about 20 seconds before gently blowing out the flame. Fan the smudge stick around and repeat from room to room.
In addition to sage, here are a few other deliciously scented plants to consider including in your smudge sticks:
- Pine needles
- Cedar leaves
- Bay Leaves
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