How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

I’ve been looking for different ways to preserve summer beyond jams and jellies one of my recent favorites was making this lovely Calendula Salve. My newest endeavor has been to make my own Smudge Sticks from homegrown flowers, weeds and wild plants. I kept having this idea that I COULD do it but I never got beyond that initial thought. Finally I realized the plants were ripe and the time was right so I set out to make some and write this quick post about How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks.

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown wild plants and weeds

Do Your Research

Please note I am not an expert and do not profess to be one. Everything in this post is purely experimental so use your best judgement when making your own smudge sticks. Do your research, contact wise women, read your plant books and formulate your own plan for your own plants. I relied heavily on a couple of great books (affiliate links) ¬†Alaska’s Wilderness Medicines, The Boreal Herbal and Discovering Wild Plants. All wonderful and full of wisdom, I recommend them to everyone who asks about wild plants for food, medicine or crafts.

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

You will need:
  • weeds, wild plants and flowers as desired for mine I used yarrow both flowers and their ferny foliage, mint, chamomile, sweet clover, regular clover, marigolds-thank the plants for their gifts
  • pure cotton string
  • good scissors
To Make Your Own Smudge Sticks:
  • let the plants wilt for about 24 hours to help them bundle nice and tight¬†How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants
  • choose which of the plants you will roll togetherHow to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants
  • lay them in a bundle, shaping and placing as desired
  • give them a firm roll with your hands, pressing them tightly together
  • using about a 14-18 inches cotton string start by tying the stem ends together right in the middle of the stringHow to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants
  • then using a criss cross pattern wrap the bundle tightly
  • when you get 1/2 way up fold the top of the bundle down and continue typing
  • tie off and tuck in the loose ends or trim awayHow to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants
  • then using the scissors trim off all loose and flappy plant parts
  • lay on a drying rack to dry for 7-10 days (I used one from my dehydrator and set it away from everyone)
  • after 7-10 days try to light one, if it looks like this hardly burning and hard to light give it a few more days

    How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants

    not dry enough and hard to light

  • then try it again, if it lights right up you are now ready to smudge yourself and your home

    How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks from homegrown plants

    after 3 more days of drying notice how easily it lights

  • be sure to put completely out before leaving unattended

So what do you think? Are you interested in making your own homegrown wild plant smudge sticks?