|Hand-rolled Sage & Yarrow Wands|
Late July and early August is my favorite time to harvest the herbs I will bundle and dry for smudges. The warmth in the air, the mellow slant of the sun and the deepened colors of the garden all call to me.
Smudging is the act of burning dried resins and herbs to release a fragrant smoke that will cleanse the air, a person, a thing or a space both physically and aurically. These materials can be in loose incense form or bundled and tied together into wands. Recently there have been several articles floating about online touting how this is now 'scientifically verified' as being 'truth'. Those of us who have done this for decades just smile. I'm sure our Ancestors are out-right chuckling about being 'verified'.
This is a short list of common smudging herbs:
To create your own smudge wand bundle together the freshly cut herbs of your choice based on their properties and what you want to accomplish. Fold each end over the other to make a chunky palm-sized 'packet' then wrap tightly top to bottom with thread in a color coordinating with the bundles intended purpose. Allow to dry in a cool well ventilated area for approximately 4-6 weeks.
For more information on how use smudge sticks check in for next week's post.