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Smudge Sticks

By Meagan Russell
In Center Block
Jan 1st, 2022

styling by TAYLOR BENNETT        photography by KELLY MOORE CLARK

Burning herbs for their smoke is a common practice called smudging. This trend originated with the Indigenous People of North America and has grown in popularity in the last few years. Smudging is intended for different purposes – such as cleansing the energy around you or sparking creativity. We take you through the process of making your own smudge stick.


Dried herbs of your choice

Twine or 100% cotton thread


Gather ingredients (we used rosemary and sage, but you can combine lavender, rose petals or completely dried rosebuds). Layer herbs. Cut a piece of twine four times longer than bundle. Make a loose knot at the base of one end. Wrap the twine tightly all the way up the bundle and back down again, securing the string to the original knot. Allow the smudge sticks to dry completely in a sunny spot before burning. Light one end with a match, fan smoke and let burn with windows and doors open.