Smudge sticks… incense from herbs 🌿
Smudge stick (according to Wikipedia):
A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs, often bound with string and usually rather small. The herbs are later burned as part of a ceremony or ritual.
(I plan on burning mine while meditating and praying, studying for my ASL classes and cleaning the house. I would like to light candles to set the mood and to give off good scents but I don’t trust what’s in candles… I think using organic plants is a much better option!)
I’ve been wanting to make smudge sticks all summer but I was intimidated.
What if I did it wrong and wasted a bunch of herbs?
I was also overwhelmed with the choices.
Which plant should I use? How many? Should I combine them? What if it smells bad together? What if it smells great together but I did it wrong and wasted the plants?
You get the picture… I was overthinking the process and procrastinating!
Since Josh was off yesterday, I asked him to help me… so he Googled it and walked me through the process 😍 it was quite romantic 😘
My first smudge stick ever made… mint! (Because we have an over abundance and it smells amazing!!)
Making smudge sticks is so easy!! I need to say I haven’t burned one yet so… that will be another experience!
I’ll show you how to make one (or more) but we have to wait about 7 days for them to dry out. So in a week I’ll post about burning a smudge stick because I’m quite curious how it’ll work.
Now go cut some herbs!
- Some common garden varieties… Mint, Sage, Basil, lemon grass, Rosemary, Oregano, Catmint, Lavender…
I’m going to demonstrate making a smudge stick with Rosemary and catmint.
I’m choosing Rosemary because it improves memory! I plan to burn this while I’m practicing my ASL!
I’m choosing to pair it with catmint because I have lots of it, it smells sweet, and it has calming qualities!
1. Cut some stems off your plant.
(Tiger 🐱 discovered the catmint immediately!)
4. Wrap the twine up and down the bundle… ending with another knot.
5. Let it dry for 7 days before lighting it!
…post to be continued next week when we light it!! 🔥