Due to the popularity of an old post I made, I thought it would be good to make an updated, more in-depth post about how to make sage smudging sticks.
Why do we use sage to smudge things? What so we smudge? What kind of sage can we use? Is it difficult?
Below are step by step instructions on how to make your own sage smudging sticks.
You can use any type of sage, although some are VERY strong in odor, especially when they are burned, so be cautious. I love the Russian blue, because the odor is not too heavy and the lightness of the plant lends itself to clearing negative energy waves and inviting a lighter more positive flow into your how, office, room, etc.
You can use sage to clear the challenging (negative, harmful, evil, bad, etc.) energy out of any dwelling, from and place or from objects. We do this because the energy of our life builds up in the places we use every day and the things we use. It is kind of like a therapeutic massage for dwellings and objects.
To smudge something, simply light the end of a sage stick and either walk through the room, house, office, warehouse, barn, garden, etc., waving and blowing the smoke all around. Open up any cabinets, closets, doors or drawers, so that the smoke can waft into every crevice. If you are smudging an object you just hold the object over your burning sage stick. Sage once lit does not catch on “fire”. It smolders. Like incense or an ember. If you are smudging inside, use some type of glass container to catch the ashes as you walk through each area. Some ash may float off of the stick. Unless you are a super clean freak, there is no need to worry about it. If you are, then be sure to take a dust rag with you to spot clean any stray ashes.
Here is my tutorial on making your own sage smudging sticks:
A few last thoughts: sage is sticky. Your hands will get sticky. If you do not want sticky hands, try using gloves, although tying the thread will not be easy. Use hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol to get the sap off when you are finished.
Use a couple of loop ties at the bottom to secure the thread, then cut off the excess. The stick will stay together well without a tight know, it just needs to stay around the stick, mostly until it dries. When you burn it, burn thread and all. The thread helps to keep the ashes together, so they are easier to catch.
Lay them flay to dry or hang the upside down. If laying them flat, turn them once every couple of days until the get good and dry. Otherwise the will mildew. Try to find a place that gets warm during the day. You can dry them in the sun, but it can be harsh drying them too much. I put mine in our tool shed. It gets hot in there on sunny days, and usually only takes about a week to cure them.
If anyone tries this, please let me know how it goes. Enjoy!