Smudging is the sacred art of burning dried herbs to purify, protect and heal homes, people, and ritual space. Common herbs used in smudging are sage, juniper, lavender, cedar and sweet grass.
For my first go at making my own smudge sticks I chose juniper, mullein, lavender, sage brush, and roses ( all found around our yard and garden).
Mullein grows plentiful on our land but is thought to be a weed by many in the area. In actuality it has healing properties and was used in ancient practices for respiratory health / cleansing of the lungs. When dried the herb can be made into a tea, burned in a smudge, or smoked.
Juniper helps to rid a space of negative energy and create a protective space for healing and prayer. Its pleasant piney scent can help to revive a tired body and spirit.
Lavender promoted peace and calming and is a useful herb in meditation and divination.
Rose petals add a colorful touch to any smudge. Roses traditionally are used for attracting love and promoting peace.
Sage is one of the most common herbs used in smudging. It is said to drive out negative thoughts and feelings. Sage smudges burn slow and have a long lasting earthy aroma.
All you need to make your own smudge sticks are your choice of herbs, scissors, and some sort of natural, burnable string for wrapping. Make sure to pack the smudge full of plenty of herbs and wrap them as tight as you can because they will shrink as they continue to dry.
And, if you don't have the means to make them yourself you can always find them in the shop!
Happy Smudging. XO