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How to Make White Sage Smudge Sticks? [Step-By-Step]

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Written by: Tina Caro

Smudge sticks are natural incense made with dried leaves and flowers assembled together. In indigenous cultures and among shamans, smudge sticks are used to purify environments from negative energies, during religious ceremonies, or to promote healing of the sick.

Smudging is therefore a real purification ritual that can be carried out to purify environments, objects, or people.


To make white sage smudge sticks, follow these steps:

  1. Gather your materials: You will need dried white sage leaves, a bundle of cotton or hemp twine, scissors, and a small bowl of water.
  2. Prepare the sage leaves: Bundle the dried sage leaves together into a tight bundle. Ensure that the stems are aligned at one end.
  3. Bind the bundle: Starting from the end where the stems are aligned, tightly wrap the twine around the bundle of sage leaves. Leave a few inches of twine at the end to use for lighting.
  4. Secure the bundle: Once you’ve wrapped the entire bundle, tie a knot with the twine to secure it in place.
  5. Trim the excess: Use scissors to trim any excess twine and adjust the length of the smudge stick as desired.
  6. Wet the bundle: Dip the tied end of the smudge stick into the bowl of water briefly. This helps create steam and prevents the smudge stick from catching fire when lit.
  7. Dry the smudge stick: Allow the smudge stick to air dry for a few days until it’s completely dry and ready to use.
  8. Use for smudging: When you’re ready to smudge, light the dry end of the smudge stick, let it burn for a moment, and then blow out the flame. The smoldering smoke can be used for cleansing rituals.

The purification ritual takes place through the combustion of the smudge stick. Smudge sticks are made with leaves and flowers of aromatic plants: the most used are sage, lavender, rosemary, and cedar.

These plants are rich in essential oils and useful for purifying rooms thanks to their antibacterial action, for scenting the rooms due to their pleasant aroma, and for improving breathing.

As you might already know, white sage is basically the superstar when it comes to smudging. You can find it everywhere online, but did you know that you can make white sage smudge sticks on your own too?

It’s easy, it’s fun, and it gives you the chance to connect with this herb and its properties, even more, to boost its effects and cleanse your space in a more decisive, powerful way. Let’s see how to make a white sage smudge stick and let me share with you some more tips and guidance for a successful experience!

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A step-by-step guide to make white sage smudge sticks

Smudge sticks are easily found in herbal medicine and online, but if you have the leaves and flowers of aromatic plants available, you can easily make a DIY white sage smudge stick.

  1. To prepare the smudge stick, you first need to collect the white sage. This part is so important. Try to honor the earth and experience the harvesting phase as a way to connect with Mother Earth and her gift. When you harvest the sage, don’t forget to give thanks to nature for allowing you to use its gifts and its energies.Use scissors to harvest it but try to be gentle. It’s even better if you blessed the scissors with oil, you can use Extra Virgin Olive oil if you have it, it’s a powerful blessing ingredient that helps you connect with what’s around you from a place of awareness and of gratitude.
  2. The herbs must be harvested in their balsamic time, that is, during the period in which their content of essential oils is greatest. Generally, the balsamic time of these plants corresponds to the hottest months of the year, July and August. If you cannot do this during these months, that’s okay. Go for it when you see the sage is at its best.
  3. Harvesting should take place early in the morning and it is necessary to obtain leaves or twigs that are ten or twenty centimeters long. After harvesting, the herbs will be arranged in small bundles and tied with a natural fabric thread.
  4. You can use multiple plant species or just one herb to prepare the smudge. If, for example, you love lavender or roses, you can add those plants and flowers to raise up your vibrations. I usually add roses if the smudging has to deal with love affairs, like an argument with my husband.
  5. The leaves and twigs must all be arranged in the same direction and spirally tied, first in one direction and then in the other, making a double loop at the ends. You can use cotton to bind them. Use white cotton as this color can recall the energy of the cleansing action you want it to perform and manifest for you.
  6. Once the smudge has been prepared, it must be allowed to dry before it can be used. Leave the stick in a dry, dark place until it’s ready. Don’t be impatient to start smudging! Respect its own drying time as this is an important step. Give it the chance to be ready for you, as without being perfectly dry it won’t create the smoke that is truly necessary for cleansing during a smudging!
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How to use the white sage smudge stick?

When the smudge is completely dry, it will be possible to burn it to purify environments, objects, or people. The simplest way to use the smudge is to light one end of the herb bundle with a flame and then immediately blow out the flame.

The herbs will continue to burn and the smoke they produce will be diffused around the environment or near the object or person to be purified. The smudge can also be burned in a stone container using incense charcoal.

For the combustion of the smudge to take place correctly, it is essential that the herbs are completely dry and free of moisture.

What is sage?

Sage (of many varieties, such as white and garden varieties) purifies negative energy and removes nightmares. Besides protecting from evil influences, it also ensures good health.

Learn more about the different kinds of sage used for smudging so you can have the right energy and properties for your needs.

When do I need smudging?

You need to rely on white sage for smudge sticks when you feel stuck, negative, lazy, or a little depressed; the healing scent of a smudge stick could help you. Of course, this is an ancient method used to purify and restore balance.

It is said that burning these sticks at home can help eliminate the negative energy that is created after a fight and helps to free the environment from old relationships and start over with positivity.

Eliminate the accumulated stress after a tiring period and give yourself the energy to face a new day.


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What if I cannot find white sage? What if I don’t want to make it on my own? Can I buy it online?

Yes, of course. I know that some herbs and some magical ingredients are very hard to find for some of you. White sage is a bit harder to find than its traditional and most common garden version!

If you cannot find white sage but you still want to smudge your place, you can buy it online. The only recommendation I have for you is to rely on something organic and pure as the herb you are going to use to smudge still should have strong properties and natural vibrations that are powerful enough to actually work.

Rely on a specialized herbalist shop with a quality guarantee.

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I smudged but nothing happened. What should I do?

You can repeat the white sage smudge stick ritual for a few days until you sense a shift in the energy and positivity appears around you. If you still cannot sense this shift, you think you need some help in dealing with negative energy, or you think you need some protection too, I can help!

You can find many different spells I can cast for you to cleanse your energy and aura, give you protection, and so much more.

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Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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