You don’t have to be a master DIY expert to pull off making your own smudge sticks (instructions below). It’s so simple that my 6 year old made some with me as we sat outside together in anticipation for the full moon last month. We made ours using bundles of fresh white sage and rosemary from our garden, and added rose petals from mothers day (nothing goes to waste here). A few smudge sticks also included dried bay leafs too. You can use whatever you prefer, each ingredient has is own magick and wisdom to share. Trust your intuition and have some fun with it.
- Gather your ingredients (fresh or dried). You will also need twine or 100% cotton string.
- I set intentions with each ingredient that I touch. As I layer herbs and other ingredients, I also layer love, intention, and my personal magick into each bundle. As each ingredient is layered and bundled up with purpose, try to keep all the stems lined up at the bottom as you bundle them together. Taking the time to do this now makes binding them with string much easier, and they look much prettier in my option.
- Tie the stems together at the bottom and leave approximately 3-3 1/2 times the length of your bundle with the long end you will spiral up towards the top of the bundle. As you do so, fold in any sprigs and add any loose rose petals or loose dried herbs (such as bay leaf) under the string as you go. Once you get to the top, spiral your way back down the bundle by crisscrossing the string as you go down towards the base (stems end).
- Tie the loose end to the original knot at the base of the smudge stick. Note: Do not trim the excess string if you plan on hanging them to dry.
- Make any last intentions for your bundles. If you have been attuned in Reiki, you may also like to charge them with Reiki symbols too. On nights of the full moon, I leave the bundles under the moonlit sky. Do whatever resonates with you, you cannot mess up.
- Hang the bundles to dry. Not everyone hangs their bundles, but I prefer to hang them. I seems to give the best results, and I love having them hanging from my kitchen window. Dry approximately 3 weeks.
- Light the smudge stick to clear your sacred space & enjoy your own magick at work.
Share your smudge stick photos with me. I’d love to see what you create with the spirit of your own magick.
Jen “KatFyre” Piceno