Creating Sage Bundles

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My friend brought me the most beautiful sage bundle—and I was inspired to make my own. I grow sage every year, dry and store. But I'd never made a bundle before: mine included some chamomile, rosemary and calendula.

Bundles (or smudge "sticks") have been assimilated from Native American culture and ritual, where they were used in ceremonies. Sage was believed to cleanse and bless people and places. The bundle are made of dried sage, and can be made with many other combinations include other dried herbs and flowers  (lavender, thyme, bay).

The bundles are lit and blown out so they emit a lovely, herbal fragrance. Cleansing and nourishing.

Sage and Rosemary Bundle
• Dried herb(s) and/or flower(s)
• Twine

In this season, you'll be working dried plant material (unless you life somewhere warmer than here!). It is more difficult to work with dried material, but can be done. When working with freshly harvested plants, you'll find them easy to gather and wrap—and will dry after. 

Gather together your herbs and flowers. Lay your larger leaves down in a row with stems collected to a point toward the bottom. Add in your smaller petals, buds and sprays. Wrap the larger leaves to contain the smaller things. Shape them as you wish (a long bundle is probably easiest—but get creative!) and wrap to secure (begin at the bottom and work your way up...like lights on a Christmas tree, but bottom to top). Dry in a dehydrator or in a gas oven with pilot on. Or...simple hang up-side-down in a dark, dry closet/room until fully dry for burning.

Image courtesy helloglow.com

Image courtesy helloglow.com