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Smudge Sticks 
4th-Oct-2011 12:38 pm
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I decided to grow some white sage this season and I ended up with a HUGE plant. I would very much like to make it into sticks to give to friends and use for myself. Has anyone harvested/wrapped fresh ones before and if you have any tips to share (best time to harvest, types of cord to use, etc.). Any websites would also be a big help.

Crossposted to naturalliving
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4th-Oct-2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
...and yet people managed to put in their tips, to help - on top of google.
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4th-Oct-2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Regardless, I appreciate all the posts. Yes, the Google is great, but sometimes small nuggets of wisdom do slip through the cracks.
5th-Oct-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
The impression I got from the post was that the OP was asking for individuals with actual experience to reply. Yeah, I can google pages on any subject, but if I have no experience I don't which of them are solid and which are garbage. "You can't trust everything you read."

I've never grown any plants for use other than an aloe vera. While I have enough experience burning smudge sticks that I can usually tell if a finished product looks like it will burn well or not, I have no idea how to get there, nor what they look like when first wrapped. The only criteria I could possibly use to determine whether information on making smudge sticks was good would be if the source included warnings about what not to do and mentioned consequences I could recognize. For example, if the source warned against making the bundle too tight because that would cause it to burn badly.

So, foxesdaughter, have you actually made smudge sticks and vetted the pages you linked?
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5th-Oct-2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thus, your list of links is more useful than what zenturbo would get from just googling. Which is the point of asking in a community.
6th-Oct-2011 06:26 am (UTC)
Yes, this! :)
4th-Oct-2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
whatever you do.. don't let the frost get them!
4th-Oct-2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
I learned the hard way to knot often (say, every inch and half) so that when you burn through a knot the rest of the string only unravels to the next knot! You can either pull the thread/string as tight as you can get it and have the bundle be a bit loose when dry (perfectly workable), or retie it tighter once dry if you want a more dense bundle.
Harvesting...eh, I'ma say thats up to your tradition.
5th-Oct-2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Yes, you need to leave them tight enough for the leaves to have contact and burn but loose enough that there is air flow. Also, I usually lay the leaves sort of flat and on top of You get the hang of it over time. After you wrap them (and I usually just use string for that), leave them hanging somewhere until they dry. It's pretty simple and easy. You end up wondering why you ever paid money to buy it at the store! Enjoy!
5th-Oct-2011 11:16 am (UTC)
also...a little lavender in there is really really nice.
7th-Oct-2011 02:26 am (UTC)
I don't smudge myself, but I've made smudge sticks for friends due to some massively-prolific sage bushes.

I use linen twine as it smells a bit more grassy to me than cotton string when it burns. Definitely knot early and often. I found a comparison with rolling cigars helpful for how tightly to roll the leaves, but that may not be a useful reference you.
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