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 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
- Clip the herbs into similar lengths. Remove any diseased leaves.
- 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.
- Wrap the cord around the stems a few more times and then tie another knot to secure.
- 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.
- Turn the bundle around and begin winding down back to the stems, creating a criss cross pattern over the the first cord.
- Retrace the path to the tips and back to the stems.
- Tie off around the stems.
- 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.