I collected the lavender from my garden with a pair of scissors. Before I started to bind the flowers together I cut them in half in order to make sure that flowers and leaves could be distributed evenly along the bundle (if you’ve seen lavender you’ll know that a long part of the stem may be naked, without leaves or flowers).
I then proceeded to make a small boquet, which I built taller, and braided more and more of the lavender into. When I had almost used it all I used the string to bind the handle, tied it in place, and started wrapping the rest of the bundle. As I was doing this i braided the last of the lavender into it..
As I reached the end of the bundle, I bound my way back down to the handle again with the string, securing any stray leaves or flowers, tied the loose string to the handle, and made a loop I could use for hanging it to dry.
And now it’s drying.
- This is how I was taught to make herb bundles for burning. I am not entirely aware of how to go through with a traditional smudging, because that’s not what I use these for and not what I was taught to do. I recommend you being careful if you plan to try it yourself, I only use herbs I’m familiar with, and in most cases I have tried burning them outside before trying indoors. Even herbs which aren’t poisonous normally might release poisonous smoke when lit.
I only use herbs I’ve grown or collected myself.
Other herbs (or variations thereof) you could use: