How to grow a smudge stick……

kerin rose, jewelry, smudge garden, smudge stick

kerin rose, jewelry, smudge garden, smudge stick

I haven’t been traveling this summer so I decided to gift myself with a shamanic painting class being given by the incomparable Pixie Campbell. I am both excited and anxious ( just a tad!) because I have not painted in eons and it feels like stepping into a place of beginners mind. Not so bad, I guess..but  this seemed like a perfect time to share this with you, as she has talking this week about making sacred space for your creativity, and smudging this week….

This little corner of my sister garden is what I like to call the spirit corner. Some of these plants are not supposed to grow well here, but I am fortunate to have super green thumbs!  This year I planted : rosemary (Queen Victoria variety) for clarity,catnip (Lemon variety) for happiness,artemisia  (Yomogi) purifies negative energies,lavender ( Blue River) for healing and wisdom, and sage ( White variety), which is considered the most powerful type for energetic clearing….its used to wash away the outside world and help with making space for spirit.  There are other plants suitable for smudging…some folks use cedars,sweetgrass, juniper and may even include different resins,such as frankincense and myrrh. I recommend you do your research before including some of these, as not all plant life is so healthy to inhale and you also want to be sure that what you are using supports your energetic ‘goals’. I am not an expert on this, I tend to use what I have been taught. Let me also say that  I have grown ALL of these inside in pots at different points in my life, when I have not had access to the great outdoors, and I have known folks to use other sage types (say the ‘kitchen types’) to positive result too!…So truly, don’t let your geography hold you back from the joy of creating your own personal smudge blends!

kerin rose, white sage, jewelry

Before cutting whatever sprigs I plan to use, I say a little prayer of gratitude. Do whatever feels right to you….I just find its important to acknowledge the gift….

kerin rose, smudge stick

Choose 2 colours of embroidery floss…I will often change mine up after peeking at a colour symbolism site or two, to try to be intentional around my smudge…cut your floss about 6-7 times longer than the length of your fronds when you lay them out…

kerin rose, smudge stick

Gather the herbs tightly, (I generally place rosemary, or something with a strong stem in the center and any other herbs there, with  sage at the outermost, but if its all sage, no worries!) . Start at the bottom and wrap the floss 3-4 times round the stems and tie a knot, making sure you leave a 3-4″ tail 

kerin rose, smudge stick,jewelry

Wrap your way up the bundle, tightening, pulling and adjusting till you reach the top

kerin rose, smudge stick, jewelry

Now reverse direction and work your way down…when you get back to the bottom, wrap 3-4 more times and knot the end to the tail you left when you began…

kerin rose, smudge stick, jewelry

Some folks trim off any little bits that are poking out…I prefer to leave them…really, your choice. Place your  smudge sticks in a brown paper bag and let sit in a sunny dry place for about a month…I like to put them ( actually I do this to dry ALL of my herbs) in the back of my car and let the sun do its work while I drive around….big plus, my car smells incredible! When they are ready, be sure you have a flame proof bowl or shell to rest your stick in after use….a simple and beautiful ritual to connect you to the energy of the universe….xo K

kerin rose, smudge stick, jewelry

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  1. YOU. so artistic!
    i’m “surrounded” by so many artists in my cyberspaces….and yet, i can hardly find time to be creative and artistic myself.
    so. OK. that’s it. i’m going to DO IT this weekend, be creative and artistic. if nothing else, i’m going to make smudge sticks.

    [hello to henry hudson.]


  2. I love the gift you have given yourself. You have a magnificent garden and very even straight toes. Very beautiful.

    I love smudge sticks, just looking at them is healing.


  3. Foxy!…send me a pic of your stick! ( he he!)….I mean it, I wanna see!….really it takes less than 10minutes to do this, yes, you can can!…
    Mrs. Little Jeans….you are so funny!..yes, I would, if I say so myself, mention that my toes are one of my ‘cuter parts’….you are right, smudge is incredibly healing….I used to smudge my classroom, but the principal thought I might be up to something else, so I stopped…perhaps its time to start again! 🙂

    love to you both!

  4. A very interesting post. I’ve used smudge sticks before, but never thought about making one myself. Step-by-step it looks simple enough to do. I’ll have to try this out one day. First I must do a bit of planting. I have the rosemary, so it’s a start. I love the idea of drying the herbs in your car, ingenious.

    Found you via postcards from paradise

  5. dear kerin rose,

    welcome to postcards from paradise, yousr comes straight from the garden imbued with your heart. you have inspired me to make a bounty of smudge sticks! lavender, rosemary and white sage is in abundance in the garden this year as our monsoon season has been most generous.
    i love that you are taking pixie’s shamanic painting class! soon i will be returning to san miguel de allende to host flora’s bloom true intuitive painting workshop, our third reunion. there is something so rich about telling our stories through colour and paint!
    i hope you will grace recuerda mi corazon with more of your beautiful postcards from paradise, it’s a sunday ritual!

  6. Very cool info. Before I prune off a piece from a plant I place an offering of bread and tabacco. I only gather sage from what I can find growing locally. I never take the most beautiful or biggest part of the plant and my cut is a proper prune to promote health and I never take more than a cut or two from any given plant. As I make a wrap, with each loop I say a prayer and often decorate them with a feather for that added touch. The sage is a sacred plant as all of nature and you can’t take without giving. May your cleansing and prayers be blessed..

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