How To Smudge + DIY Smudge Sticks

Now might be a good time to grab your herbs and matches! The world is changing everyday and if you’re like me it’s always good to rid the negatives and let in the positives. Read on to see how you can easily make your own sticks!

What Is Smudging?

Smudging a way to energetically cleanse a space to invite positive energy. 

The tradition dates back to The First Nations & The Native Americans; also known as the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing. Native American traditions used sage during ceremonies to ward off evil spirits. 

Each time we move, I have a smudging ritual to cleanse our home and begin anew. Throughout the year I typically smudge when I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and emotionally drained. 

This could be to blame on ions. Positive ions are harmful. They are the main culprits when we feel sluggish, tired, tense, and just bad. Almost everything in our modern setting gives off positive ions – from your beloved phone and computer screen to fluorescent lighting, and heating.

Negative ions, on the contrary, help us recharge, improve our well-being, and reduce stress. They can be found in a natural environment: mountains, parks, gardens.

Some believe that smudging helps turn positive ions into the negative ones, alleviating depression, and boosting our energy.

Studies have shown smudging helps to clear air of bacteria such as mold, dust and other germs. Additionally, it can help ease issues such as anxiety, insomnia and depression as burning medicinal herbs is said to release negative ions that can boost your mood.

There is no right or wrong way to smudge your home, you can create your own smudging ritual and it can be as simple or spiritual as you’d like. 

For me I like to tap into my spiritual side. I begin be lighting the end of the stick blowing out the flame, starting from left to right going around each window clockwise repeating the prayer : 

As I walk through the house I carry my abalone shell under the stick. When I’m finished I open all the windows to let go of the negative energy. Keeping windows shit will only trap negative energy and stale toxins. Let the outside breeze fill your home with clean, positive energy. ‘

How to make your own smudge stick:

Collect your things:

Herbs

Twine

Cutting tool 

Dried flowers optional 

Some traditional smudging herbs are:

  • Lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Cedar
  • Myrrh
  • Palo Santo
  • Sweetgrass
  • Juniper
  • Yarrow
  • Lemon balm
  • White sage 

But feel free to add:

  • Rosebud
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Spruce
  • Bay leaves

Remember this your stick, so add herbs that you feel right for you! 

Step 1: 

Gather your ingredients; I used sage, rosemary, lavender, oregano and some wild flowers we picked while we out on walk a few days prior. 

Step 2:

Layer your ingredients, positioning the bases of the thickest bundle leaves first adding in the lighter looser herbs last. This makes the binding process a bit easier.

Step 3

Cut a piece of twine that is 4 times the length of your bundle. Make a simple loose knot on one end of the string, tighten it around the stems, and bind the bundle together. This should leave one side of the string approximately 3 times the length of your bundle.

Step 4

Take the long end of the string and begin to wrap the bundle tightly. There is no wrong way to this. Just wrap it and then going down crisscross the twine. Tie any loose ends together at the bottom. 

Step 5 (optional)

Depending if your herbs were already dried out or not. Some of mine were but I went ahead and let these hang out in the sun for a few days so they would be completely dry ready for burning. 

How to smudge:

There is no right or wrong way to smudge your home, you can create your own smudging ritual and it can be as simple or spiritual as you’d like. 

For me I like to tap into my spiritual side. I begin by lighting the end of the stick blowing out the flame, starting from left to right going around each window and doorframe. I do this clockwise, repeating the prayer : 

As I walk through the house I carry my abalone shell under the stick. When I’m I set the lit stick in the abalone shell and let it burn out naturally. After I’m completely done I open all the windows to let go of the negative energy. Keeping windows closed will only trap negative energy and stale toxins. Let the outside breeze fill your home with clean, positive energy. 

Let me know how you smudge in the comments! 

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