Incense or smudging sticks have been traditionally used by Native Americans for ceremonial purposes. Nowadays, they are oftentimes used to fill the house with pleasant, herbal notes. Research has shown than burning sage helps purify the air from bacteria. Alongside lavender and rosemary, this sage incense stick will serve as natural mosquito repellent.
- Clip all herbs into similar lengths.(2 minutes)
- Arrange the stems into a bundle and tie a knot around its base.(1 minute)
- Starting from the base, keep wraping the bundle with twine up to its tip. Then creating a criss cross patterns, wrap the bundle with twine down to the base. Tie off and cut off any excess twine.(5 minutes)
- Hang the stick upside down in a cool, dry place for a few weeks, or until completely dry.
When ready to use, use an abalone shell or an ashtay to catch the ashes. Then carefully light the top of the bundle, let it burn for a few seconds, and then blow the flame out. Smudge your spaces and then run the stick until water to extinguish it. Set aside to dry. Do not leave burning smudge sticks unattended.