DIY Sage Smudge Stick
I'm a big believer that bad energy lingers around for a long time. Whether that’s just an argument you had with your wife last night or a bad event that happened in the building 100 years ago, I also feel that it matures and becomes stagnant with time, making it harder to completely clear. I'm not saying that you need to cleanse the house after every dispute with your other half or every bad thought you have, I think my wife would leave me if I followed her around with a smudge stick after each argument! and most of the time the positive energy outweighs the negative and restores the balance. For instance in a healthy relationship you are generally happy the majority of the time, everyone has the odd disagreement and one altercation wouldn’t mean your relationship wasn’t healthy, it’s all about balance.
I tend to cleanse the house or myself whenever I feel a build up of tension, when I need to leave a relationship or friendship, if I need to feel more centred, if we have been through a stressful period in our lives, after a big event, if we have people over to stay which always throws us out of routine or even just with the change of the seasons or the end of a moon cycle! It’s totally up to you and the way you feel! Let your energy guide you, you won’t be wrong.
You can also use the smudge stick to cleanse people and objects, maybe you’ve bought an antique dresser that's been through hundreds of years of homes, best to cleanse it before risking bad energy being brought into the house. I’ll touch on this more another day.
You can use any herb or dried flower to make a smudge stick, they all have their own properties and uses. They all create an increased sense of calmness and the health benefits include optimism, wellbeing, clarity and spiritual growth.
Here’s a few I use frequently and their properties - you can use the on their own, or together.
Rosemary - Protection
Sage - Negative energy clearing
Lavender - Calming and balancing
Rose Petal - Meditation and calming
Lemon Balm - Spiritual cleansing
Peppermint - Healing and protection
Mugwort - To help with bad dreams or lucid dreams
Here is a quick guide to create your own Smudge stick and what you’ll need.
Tools / Materials
Roughly 15 sprigs of fresh herbs
Start by trimming your herbs to the size you want your stick to be. Secure a long piece of twine around the base of your herb bundle and continue wrapping it until you reach the top. You want to make sure to wrap the twine as tightly as you can so that it stays in place when the flowers dry and shrink.
When you reach the end, tie your twine securely and trim the excess. Trim off any herbs that happen to be sticking out of the bundle.
Set your smudge stick aside and allow it to dry for at least 2 weeks. I hang mine in the window as it dries a little faster and stays dry.
When you’re ready to use, light your smudge stick with a lighter or match.
Starting at the Eastern most room of your home, circle around the room clockwise, wafting the smoke around and in each corner as you go.
Continue moving in a clockwise direction through the rest of your home, purifying each room in the same way.
Finally, put out the smoke under running water and set it aside to dry. You can reuse the smudge stick until there is nothing left to burn.
Let me know how you get on and visit me over on my Instagram if you have any questions! Happy Smudging! Brightest Blessings ✨