I love making little smoke cleansing bundles from my garden. You don’t need to make a HUGE bundle like the kind you see at metaphysical shops. In fact, I’ll make my little bundles out of pruned clippings from my garden!
Lots of witchy/spiritual people are having important conversations about the use of sage and the term smudging. Smudging is a term for specific rituals used by indigenous people in the Americas. Tribes will wild harvest white sage. Because of the increased interest in alternative spirituality. corporations overharvest and overcharge for white sage, making it difficult and expensive for indigenous tribes to harvest.
Personally, I don’t purchase white sage, although I will use it if it is given to me. I grow a variety of sage that I use, but I think if you grow it, you can use it. On my site, I use the term smoke cleansing to talk about any use of smoke to cleanse areas or one’s self.
First things first, you don’t need to use sage to smoke cleanse! You can use:
- Basically anything that can burn can be used in smoke cleansing!
You don’t need a huge bundle to smoke cleanse. In fact, even when I occasionally use white sage, I’ll just pull out a leaf from the bundle. I waste less, and it still produces a lot of smoke.
Lately, I’ve been using prune clippings from my garden to make mini cleansing bundles. If I clip any leaves, I take them inside, wrap them in string, and dry them out until they are burnable. You can create smoke bundles for every intention this way, and you are using the most from your garden.
Lots of grocery stores will carry little potted herbs. These are great and cheap and you don’t have to make an additional trip out to a home improvement/plant store.
Making your own bundles infuses each of them with your intention. The care and time you bring will make the bundles more powerful for you and whoever you gift them too. You can lovingly and intentionally craft the bundles, giving proper thanks and praise to the earth and the plants.
You can make them as decorative as you please. Mine are pretty simple, but don’t be afraid to add petals or experiment with different string colors. The color of the string could correspond to your intention (green for abundance, money, black for protection, etc!).
Making your own bundles is an intentional, powerful, and cheap way to smoke cleanse. Try it out!