Smudging gos back hundreds of years to indigenous history across the world, traditional smudging is used in ceremony to cleanse and bless people and places, good intention is set as the smudge sticks are made for spiritual use.
What We Used: Banksia, Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Grass Flower and Eucalyptus leaves for our smudge stick, a natural brown string, a pair of scissors and a pair of secateurs.
Layered or Bunched: Once you have chosen the herbs and flowers you wish to have in your smudge stick (they do not have to be the same as ours, its perfectly fine for you to pick a collection of herbs and flowers that you like) its time to bunch them together, you can place the botanical nicely in a layered way you would like them to burn or just bunch them together, its totally personal and up to you.
What To Use To Tie Your Smudge Stick Together: It is best to use only natural string to tie your smudge stick together, it burns well and has no nasty smells or odour. Lets put this smudge stick together along with your good intentions, first tie the bunch at the bottom then work your way up, wrapping the string around stick, you can tie off the string at the top or work your way back down the smudge stick again for extra hold and tie it off down the bottom, when finishing off the last tie in your string add a loop so you can hang it to dry as you can see at the end of this blog.
What It Looks Like: To the right is our smudge stick ready for hanging and drying, yours should look something like this, it’s an amazing little process you can do all by yourself in no time and the varieties are endless.
Finishing Off: Once finished tie a loop with string and hang upside down in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks and let it dry out, once your smudge stick is dry its ready for smudging.