Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lavender and Sage Smudge Stick

Yesterday I was working on my small deck garden and noticed how beautiful my sage and lavender were. Then an idea popped in my head. I had never made my own smudge stick before so I stopped pruning my plants, dropped everything and began to make it. :) See how ADD I can be?

Cut as close to the base as possible so you have a long stem...

Cut a little lavender, long sprigs...

Gather them in a bunch...

Get a little twine....

Start wrapping from the base...

Keep wrapping until you reach the top and go back the other direction making sure you bind as many leaves as possible. If there are any sticking out I just trim them.

Get some newspaper...

Wrap it up....

Bind with rubberband, I used some hair ties.

Then let it dry for a few weeks and your smudge stick will be ready for use!


  1. I don't think you are ADD Michelle. If you are then I am right with you. Start something and then to get a brain storm and start another. They look great! Awesome job! Wishing you a terrific week!


  2. This is great! Do you keep the twine on when you burn? I imagine the dried herbs are a bit smaller than the twine-casing and must shrink a bit as they dry in there?

  3. An enchanting unfolding this tutorial be! And I see you had a MakeSmudgeStick "assistant"? (seen basking in a light chink in your image number 4) lol!

    Cellar Door

  4. Love it. I include a sprig of rosemary in mine, too. Funny, there are so many different ways to do it floating around. I wrap mine in newspaper first for a few days and then they're easier to tie. I'm glad you mentioned trimming them. As a new witch (did I just say that?), I was afraid there might be some rule against trimming. lol You know like the one about not blowing out candles. So much to learn. :)

  5. A couple of days ago i made a post on smudge sticks, because a blogfriend asked me to. But i have to admit mine was n't as good. At the end i could n't help but wonder if people could actually understand my description. Yours is way more clear and informative..
    Great smudge stick by the way!

  6. Ooooh! I love it! I have sage and lavender growing profusely at the moment. You've inspired me to make a smudge stick of my own! Thanks! Blessed Be!

  7. These smudge sticks looks awesome! =D

    I'm going to be taking Pharmacology, Chemistry & Lifespan Psychology. Ah nursing pre requisites... lolz...

    As soon as I get a hold of a camera, I'll be sure to post lots of pics! ^-^

    What classes are you going to be taking?

  8. That looks fantastic- I'd love to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  9. This year was the first year I made my own smudge sticks, too! I started using twine to bind them then I found that cotton embroidery floss works even better. The other thing I like about the embroidery floss is you can work with a specific color, too.

    Love your blog, btw!

  10. I made some too! ....and gave them to the neighbors with pesto and fresh cut flowers from my magical garden. ....such an easy yet loving gift! Keep the inspiration coming!!! I love BOTH of your fabulous blogs!