If you read part one you will know I plan on cleansing my new house with sage, and a few other little tricks and treats I have up my sleeve. In part one I gathered my herbs (sage and lavender) and lay them out in the sun to dry and be blessed by the suns warm rays. Today we are going to make a smudge stick! I know, I know, so exciting: you must be jumping up and down and clapping your hands! No? That's just me? Well anyways...
The first step is to gather your herbs in a bundle and trim the ends to an even length.
Gather them in a way that is easy to hold in one hand, as the other will be doing the wrapping. Wind some thread around the base, do quite a few rounds to get it all nice and secure.
Once you have a strong starting point you are going to wind the thread from BOTTOM to TOP like this:
When you get to the top turn around and do the same thing back down to the base, like this. You can do this step as many times as you want, in order to get the desired look you want. My first attempt was a little loose looking so I plan on doing a few more wraps of thread, it will burn better if it is nice and tight. Here is how it currently looks
Now you lay it out to dry for 4-5 days (I will wrap mine a bit more first), as you wait for Part Two where we learn how to use a smudge stick!