Sage Prep & Storage

Several weeks ago and I harvested a large batch of sage in preparation of the coming winter (which we’re still waiting for here in Michigan). I had decided to store both whole leaves and powdered sage as well as create a few smudging sticks for around the house.

Smudge Sticks

Smudge sticks are easy to create.

What You’ll Need

  • Scissors or garden clippers
  • Natural thin Cord (hemp cord works great)
  • Sage (or whatever type of herb you’d like)

What to Do

  1. Clip the herbs into similar lengths. Remove any diseased leaves.
  2. Arrange the stems into a bundle. The thicker the bundle, the slower it burns. Tie a tight knot around the stem end to secure the leaves.
  3. Wrap the cord around the stems a few more times and then tie another knot to secure.
  4. Wind the cord on an angle up to the tip of the bundle, using as little string as possible. Make sure to keep the cord pulled tight as you go.
  5. Turn the bundle around and begin winding down back to the stems, creating a criss cross pattern over the the first cord.
  6. Retrace the path to the tips and back to the stems.
  7. Tie off around the stems.
  8. Set the bundle aside somewhere dry and dark where there is good air circulation. Wait until the bundles are completely dry before burning them.

Dried Leaves & Powdered

Along with drying the smudge sticks, I hung several pieces of sage upside down to dry for storage. I collected  leaves, tied them together at the stems and hung them upside down for several weeks in a dry, dark place.

Now that they are completely dried, I separated them into two groups. The first bunch I broke the leaves into smaller pieces and put them in a corked glass container. The second bunch I pulled out my stone mortar and pestle and ground them into a powder, which I also stored in a corked glass container.

The Power of Sage

Why go through all of this effort?

White Sage is s remarkable plant. Not only is it a great addition to the spice cabinet and smells pleasant, but it has been used for generations to help with a variety of problems.

In a nut shell, White Sage is excellent for sinus infections (contains eucaplyptol or cineole that kills bacteria and has a soothing effect for sinus’), colds, excess sweating, and indigestion.

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