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Burning sage is an ancient practise, born thousands of years ago from Inigenous American tribes as a means of cleansing negative/stagnant energy in either a person, place or group. It’s such a powerful force that it’s no surprise this shamanic practice lives on to this day with millions regularly burning sage to cleanse their home, family, mind, body and soul.
I love burning sage or olive leaves in my home, not only is the smell just *inhale* Mmmmm, but I can feel the powerful energy at work leaving me practically bouncing afterwards.
Smudge sticks are easily available online, but often they’re quite costly. I’d like to share a method I’ve used to make my own smudge sticks, far more exciting (and cheaper!) than simply buying them, as I’m able to add my own ingredients to enhance both the smell and cleansing quality.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Dried Herbs – Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose Petals, are good starting points but you can play around with some of your favourite plants or herbs. (You can use fresh too, but store them in a cool dry place for a few days – up to a week – until dried out.)
- 100% Cotton Thread (or twine)
- Smudge Bowl (This is only if you aren’t using thread and want to burn herbs directly in the bowl)
How To Do It: (The Smudge Stick Method)
Lay out your dried (or fresh) herbs on a clean flat surface.
Gather your herbs together, piece by piece forming something similar to a cigar shape. Make it about 5 inches or so, ensuring you’ll be able to hold it without burning your fingers. You should end up with a few different layers of your ingredients (if you’re using more than just sage.)
Using the cotton thread or twine, begin to wrap the herbs from the bottom going upward, ensuring you wrap tightly enough so nothing falls out. However, you don’t need to cover the bundle in the thread.
If using fresh ingredients, leave the stick(s) in a cool, dry place for 5-7 days until they dry out. If your herbs are already dry then go ahead and burn it up! Using a candle, light the end of your stick and wave the smoke around your body, into all corners of the room, asking for cleansing and protection from negative energy. Thank the herbs as they burn to maximise the effect of their cleansing power.
Burning Herbs In A Smudge Bowl:
This method is a bit simpler than making smudge sticks, however, just as effective. Inside a fire-safe bowl (preferably a smudge bowl), Place your dried herbs (like the ones listed above) inside a smudge bowl, and using a candle, allow them to catch light. Wave the smoke around your body, into all corners of the room, asking for cleansing and protection from stagnant, negative energy. Thank the herbs as they burn to maximise the effect of their cleansing power.
Happy Cleansing! Peace & Love.