Thursday, 13 September 2018

How To Make Your Own Incense

how to make your own incense or smudge sticks craft diy
So I am not going to start making huge claims that incense sticks are slowly killing you with particulates because I do not know if they are, if you look on the internet lots of people say they are but lets face it you're reading this blog so you are already aware of the fact that you can find pretty much anything on the internet. I also have zero knowledge of the benefits of burning certain herbs to clean the energy of your home, mostly because that is all a bit woo woo for me. What I will say is these smell really nice, they were fun to make and the room they dry out smells nice the whole time they are drying which was an added bonus when you have a dog!

The glorious summer that we had gave me an abundance of herbs and I like making things so I thought I would make some smudge sticks.
Gather together a selection of herbs. I used;
  • St Johns Wort
  • Lavender 
  • Sage 
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves 
  • Thyme 
  • Lemon Thyme 
These are all things I grow in my garden but you often see these in community gardens and guerrilla gardening areas.
how to make your own incense or smudge sticks craft diy
The mixes I made were random and the quantities varied in each bunch. I made sure that I wrapped larger leaves such as bay or sage on the outside of the bunches to help them stay together. Use a natural twine or string with absolutely no plastic in there as it needs to burn. 

Wrap the bunches tightly, you can make this mish mash, it looks better that way. Tie them off and hang to dry fully. I hung mine from the clothes airer in the utility. The whole entryway had the loveliest odeur for weeks.

Wait until they are fully dry, err on the side of caution there is no harm in leaving them hanging longer than needed. When you are certain they are dry all the way through store them in an airtight tin. Burn them on a heatproof dish, they will naturally burn out and you will need to re light them.

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