Smudge sticks are a custom from the Native American Indians, they are small, dried bundles of usually sage twigs that are burnt and the smoke wafted to clear bad or negative energies from spaces or people and for ceremonial blessings.
White sage was traditionally used but you can also use rosemary, thyme, rose or lavender to make smudge sticks. Below, for a New Year’s Day ritual, I made rosemary and thyme smudge sticks. In the Languedoc region of France the landscape of the ‘garrigue’ provides a multitude of wild herbs and plants for smudge stick making, so I was lucky to be able to harvest some fresh sprigs in the December sunshine! Continue reading “Rosemary Smudge Sticks”