How To Create Your Very Own Smudge Sticks

Mugwort and cedar and sage, oh my!

Photo by Ally Sands

Let’s be real, the world today is totally screwed up. With all of the negativity and madness we’re constantly seeing, hearing, or reading about, we could all benefit from cleansing ourselves from bad energy and vibes every so often. That’s where the act of smudging comes into play.

While smudging rituals date back to ancient Native American culture, they have gained a lot of popularity lately. The ancient practice consists of burning a special bundle or stick—which can contain a number of different plants or herbs, depending on which properties appeal to you—and using its smoke to cleanse and protect yourself or the objects around you.

Even if you’re not already familiar with smudging, chances are you’ve seen bundles of sage and Palo Santo for sale and wondered what they are for and how to use them. Today, you can purchase these tools pretty much anywhere and everywhere—from small neighborhood shops to Etsy and CB2.

With that being said, we thought How fun would it be to make our own? We’re obviously always down for a little DIY action, and with the holiday season now in full swing, what could make a more perfectly thoughtful and unique holiday gift for friends and family?

We reached out to Ally Sands, the brains behind crystal-infused apothecary Aquarian Soul and smudger extraordinaire, to give us the lowdown on creating our own smudge sticks. In addition to her array of healing facial, body, and bath products, she also carries a variety of gorgeous floral smudging sticks and bundles, which are a far cry from common sage and Palo Santo. These colorful blends of dried flowers and herbs are as stunning as they are healing, and we couldn’t help but feel inspired to create our own. 

Below, Sands shares with us her step-by-step guide to building beautiful smudge sticks. It’s easier than you think!