Cleanse Your Space with a DIY Sage Smudge Stick

Animated Sage Bundle smoking

This isn’t a DIY but rather a DI-TRY. I am not a crystal, plant lady millennial but sometimes I get drawn to the idea of rituals. Especially ones that help keep the bad vibes AWAY! Raise your hand if you feel like we are just in month 13 of 2020! ??‍♀️

HOCUS POCUS! How do I perform a sage burning A.K.A. Smudging? 

First, you’ll want to make a sage bundle. I am told you want to be in a good headspace or at least a relaxed one when you are making your bundle to imbue it with as good of vibes you can get! You also want to fully dry your bundle. You can burn your sage as frequently as you like but it’s great before/after healing practices like yoga, meditation, self-love rituals, after an argument, when you move to a new living or working space, before a special event, whenever you feel down or are surrounded by stagnant energies. So here’s how you do it.

  1. Light your candle with positive intentions.

  2. Light your sage bundle with the candle and also with positive intentions. You want the bundle to have red coals and start to smoke. Be patient and positive, it might take some time.

  3. Wave the bundle around yourself in a 360-degree manner to clear yourself of negative energy.

  4. Go around the room and house with the bundle to clear the room/house of negative energy. Feel free to open a window.

  5. Once complete, put the bundle out on a fire-proof surface, like sand, earth, a shell, or a natural ceramic plate.

  6. Hang on to your smudge stick if you didn’t use it all and keep it in a place that is special to you!


Yes here is just a shortlist to run through in case you are trying to attract or remove anything specific. Different herbs haven’t different properties! We used sage, rosemary, and basil.

Alfalfa: Associated with psychic abilities, and attracting animal spirits.

Allspice: For uplifting and increasing energy, and determination.

Amaranth: For healing, protection, vulnerability, especially healing of broken hearts.

Aspen: For ascension, protection, and overcoming fears.

Basil: For attracting love, happiness, peace, and money; steadies the mind.

Bay Leaves: For psychic power, divination, success, and money; invoking wish magic.

Blue Spruce: The symbol of pure intentions, generosity, and giving.

Calendula: For love and constancy.

Catnip: Attracts good spirits and great luck. For love, beauty, and happiness.

Cedar: Banishes fear and enhances psychic powers.

Chamomile: For protection and purification.

Cinnamon: When burned raises high spiritual vibrations and aids healing.

Cloves: For protection and exorcism; attracting the opposite sex.

Coastal Sage or Artemisia Californica: For clearing negative energies and healing holes or tears in the aura.

Dandelion: For divination, spirit calling, and wish magic.

Dill: For protection, luck, money, and lust.

Eucalyptus: For healing and protection.

Frankincense resin: Reduces stress, eases tension, and connects you with Source energy.

Ginger: Adds power to any magical activity, speeds things up; brings passion.

Lavender: Brings peace, relaxation, and restful sleep; purity and love.

Lemongrass: For cleansing and purifying, removing obstacles, and opening doors.

Lilac: For protection and exorcism.

Mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris: Brings clarity and develops/deepens psychic abilities.

Myrrh resin: For physical healing and grounding.

Palo Santo: For deep healing to the physical body; can be used to clear a home of energies associated with illness.

Peppermint: For purity, protection, release, and renewal.

Pinon Pine resin: Protective, healing, and nurturing.

Rosemary: For removing negative energies associated with sickness, and clearing.

Sage Flowers: For cleansing and releasing negative energies; brings wisdom and purity.

Thyme: Excellent for releasing ceremonies; allows us to recall the past without pain.

White Sage or Salvia Apiana: Used to clear negative energies from objects, space, or people. (Endangered so please be very careful when purchasing white sage. If possible, grow your own!)



Makes 1 bundle

  • Herbs: We used Sage, Rosemary, and Basil
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Candle/Matches


  1. Layer your herbs on top of each other one by one until you form a solid column of herbs in your palm.
  2. Grab your string and begin to wrap it tightly around the base of your herbs. Wrap until you have a good-sized band of string around the base. Then take the string and wrap it up towards the top of your bundle until you feel like it’s secure.
  3. Cut the string and tuck it into the bundle to finish it off.
    Trim the top of the bundle so you have a flat even top for burning.
  4. Let the bundle dry upside down in a well-ventilated place.
  5. It’s ready to use when it’s completely dried through the center.


What do you think? Will you give it a try? We’d love to know what herb combos you use in the comments below or over on Instagram!