while we were at the farm i also made a few smudge sticks
i have enjoyed smudging for a few years since a friend introduced me to the practice, and started making my own smudge last year. they’re really easy to make, actually, and if you’re lucky enough to go to a friends farm in the country you can probably find all the ingredients you need in the field.
sage, cedar, and lavender
hold several stems of herbs together in one hand, all facing the same direction, woody stems together. wrap the stems together tightly, overlapping a few times to keep it secure, but leaving a longish tail loose (we’ll use this to finish up at the end).
i used half a strand of embroidery thread, but you could use any thin, strong twine. hold the stems loosely but firmly, and use your hand to smooth the leaves down into a tidy bundle.
keep wrapping, wrap, wrap, wrap – doesn’t need to be too tight.
work your way down the bundle, wrapping with string – when you reach the tip, double back and zig-zag up to the top again. then tie the remainder of string to the loose tail you left loose at the beginning.
trim off the scraggly bits, and let it dry in a cool-ish place out of direct sunlight for about a week.
fuller instructions in this text tutorial here if you need more thorough directions.
I think that my homemade smudge sticks smell much nicer than store bought ones – fresh? Much more affordable too.