4 Reasons To Grow Sage And How To Make Your Own Smudge Sticks

Sage is one of the most beautiful plants with shimmering green leaves and blue flowers when it is in its flowering process. It has many functions with a very long history of use in medicinal, spiritual and culinary uses.

If you have a garden you would do well to have an easy supply of this plant and even if you don’t have a garden, they are easy to grow on your window sill.

1. It’s Easy to Grow

Sage is a perennial plant, an evergreen shrub that is easy to plant and once established even easier to care for. It does extremely well in full sun and a good well-draining soil.

If you like to practice combining planting then place your sage next to vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.

Make sure you plant the edible variety of sage, such as Garden Sage, Purple Sage, Tri-color Sage or Golden Sage.

2. It Smells Beautiful

You will find as your Sage grows your garden or window sill will be filled with its aromatic smell which you really can’t miss.

3. It Repels Garden Pests

It works really well for keeping your pests at bay in your garden so is a bonus for you to protect vegetables such as cabbage and carrots.

4. It Attracts Pollinators

You will find butterflies, bees and hummingbirds presence will increase in your garden as they love Sage and their presence will help pollinate your flowers and plants.

How to make homemade air cleansing Rosemary and Sage smudge sticks

Smudging is a centuries-old practice of burning the herbs together for spiritual and purification purposes. Native Americans have long since practised this in their sacred ceremonies.

A selection of herbs is bundled together and left to dry. Once dry the bundle is lit and left to smoulder, the smoke is then fanned around the area for cleansing.

As explained in the article 8 reasons to try smudging, smudging has been found to have a host of health benefits, including:

Increasing your sense of well-being and improving mental focus

Clearing negative energy

Acting as “nature’s anti-depressant”

Clearing the air

Cleansing objects

Offers calming and relaxing effects

Increases energy

Improves sleep

Best Herbs For Smudging:

You can use any combination of herbs when you make your smudge sticks it is a personal choice. To help you with what you may be looking for here is a list of herbs and their meaning for you to combine:

Sage – negative energy clearing
Pine needles – cleansing and purification
Balsam fir – cleansing and purification
Mugwort – lucid dreaming, purification, and calming
Juniper – cleansing and purification
Holy basil (tulsi) – purification and calming
Rosemary – protection
Lavender – calming
Rose petals – meditation, calming and attracts love
Peppermint – healing and protection
Yarrow – eliminates toxins from the body
Lemon balm – spiritual cleansing and calm
Calendula – for love and constancy
Dill –  for protection, luck, money, and lust
Chamomile – for protection and purification

For this smudge stick combination, Rosemary and Sage have been used which is the perfect combination for clearing negative energy, protection and air cleansing.


Fresh Rosemary

Fresh Sage

Cotton thread or organic hemp string

How to Make a Smudge Stick:

1. Using your chosen herbs, lay several herbs on top of each other, you will need to make it quite thick as when it dries out it will reduce in size.

2. Tie at the bottom of the bundle using a double knot.

3. Then proceed to tightly thread your herb bundle, it needs to be nice and snug to keep in place. Start at the bottom winding around until you reach the top then tie with a double knot.

4. Leave your bundle on a rack to dry for several days, it must be completely dry before you attempt to burn it. Once dry check to see if the bundle is still tightly secured, if it has become loose due to drying repeat step 3.

How To Use Your Smudge Stick:

Using a lighter, candle or match light the top end of your smudge stick.

Once your smudge stick has a good steady flame gently blow the flame out so it is smouldering and smoking. You will need a dish of your own choosing under your smudge stick to catch the ash.

Gently waft the smoke from your smudge stick to cleanse and purify the area you want clean.

Smudge sticks are a great gift at very little cost as you are making them from what you have grown.