Today, a small lavender stick was made. I used:

  • A bundle of lavender (lavandula angustifolia).
  • String (cotton).

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: 

  • Mugwort (artemisia vulgaris)
  • Pine (pinus sylvestris)
  • Spruce (picea abies)
  • Yarrow (achillea millefolium)
  • Basil (ocimum basilicum)
  • Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Juniper (juniperis communis)
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