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How to Make Smudge Sticks ( with Photos )

Smudge sticks are bundles of dried herbs that have been bound together so that they will smolder slowly. Herbal stores and New Age shops have been increasingly carrying smudge sticks touting their air clearing abilities. The Native American tribes of the South and Southwest used smudge sticks of different kinds of sages in healing ceremonies, to banish sickness, and to banish spirits. New Agers believe that the smoke from smudge sticks clears out negativity and bad spirits. The science of smudge sticks proves that the smoke from white sage does actually kill airborne bacteria, so in a way the Native Americans and New Agers were right that the smoke does clear out sickness, just not ghosts.

The kind of smudge sticks I make happen to be with cedar sage leaves because a friend gifted me a cedar sage plant. I prefer the smell of white sage, but cedar sage still has the benefit of smoking bugs out of the garden. I hope to grow white sage next year.

How to Make Smudge Sticks

Step 1 - Gather Le…

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