There are a lot of people in the world who have no idea what smudging is. Maybe even some of the devotees of weekly yoga don't know exactly why the yoga studio smells the way it does (I mean besides the smell of sweat and feet =)
I didn't know much about smudging myself until recently. As usual, when I decided to learn about it, I jumped right in with a total smudging DIY for my first experience. I loved it so much that I decided to make another smudge stick and share with you the simple instructions so you can make one too!
I could write a blog post all about burning sage in your home, why to do it, and how it helps remove negative energy. In fact, I almost did, but then I found the perfect explanation had already been written in this post by Where Juniper Grows. If you are serious about clearing out the bad energy of 2016 and starting fresh, you really MUST read that article.
But let me just take time here for a basic definition...
Smudging = Purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs.
Below are just a few herbs that are traditionally used, along with their attributed healing effects.
- sage (white sage, garden sage, etc) — negative energy clearing
- pine needles — cleansing + purification
- rosemary — protection
- lavender — calming
- rose petals — meditation + calming + attracts love
- peppermint — healing + protection
(I found this list of herbs at frugallysustainable.com)
I made my first smudge stick with fresh Sage and Rosemary I got in a potted herb garden from Trader Joes. This time around, I just purchased a couple of packages of herbs from the produce department. One pack each is plenty to make a small smudge stick. Buy 2 or 3 packs of each if you want a really substantial one.
Now, without further ado, here are 5 super simple steps to making your own Smudge Stick.....
1-2 packs of Rosemary
1-2 packs of Sage
1 Spool of sewing thread
1. Lay out the Sage on a work surface. Lay the Rosemary on top.
2. Find some sewing thread and lay one strand down the whole length of the herbs.
3. Now wrap the thread all the way back up the bunch of herbs and back down again. (In this way you are wrapping around your original thread strand, so it's trapped and won't wiggle loose) *Note: wrap REALLY tightly, because the herbs shrink as they dry.
4. Tie off the end of the string and cut from the spool of thread.
5. Hang your Smudge Stick to dry for 1 week.
That's it! Wasn't that easy?! Now just a few tips on the smudging process...
*Open a door or window so the smoke and negative energy have somewhere to go.
*When you light the stick, let it burn for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and then snuff out the flame if it doesn't go out on its own.
*Traditionally you would use an abalone shell or a smudging vessel like this one from Sublime Pottery, but I just used a ceramic plate large enough to catch any falling bits of ash or herb.
*You can use a feather or a piece of paper to waive the smoke throughout the room. Get into all the nooks and crannies!
*Speak or think specific, uplifting thoughts as you go, setting an intention to make the space clear of negativity and open for all the wonderful, positive energy to flow in.
(Remember, you can find all the basics in this article)
Don't be afraid to experiment with your choice of herbs. I think Rose Petals, Lavender, and Sage would be divine for Valentines Day!
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Blessings to you all!