Ask Away Blog: How I Make My Cleansing Bouquets

How I Make My Cleansing Bouquets

Monday, October 14, 2019



I have written about smudging before and showed off some of my DIY smudge sticks, but I wanted to do even more of a post about it now. Anyone can do this no matter where you live.   


 


Step 1: Plant Your Flowers
So I plant a variety of annuals and perennials in my yard, which gives me great options for flowers in all different colors.  In the Spring, head to your local nursery so you can get a bunch too and watch them grow and see all the beautiful colors. Make sure you research any unknown plants or flowers before putting them in a cleansing stick to be burned just in case there's something that's toxic.  

If you don't have flowers in your own yard or you don't have the space to grow any, there are lots of nurseries and places to get wildflowers. Again, do your research.

Step 2: Choose Your Cuttings Mindfully
I will sound crazy and woo woo now, but I'm serious.  Ask your plants (quietly if you don't want to look like a nut job to your neighbors) if you can cut them and where.  I just go intuitively and feel around on the plant until I feel a part that seems right to cut.  This is good juju AND on a solid basis, you don't want to cut parts of the plant that'll make it die. If you don't know how to harvest something, look it up online.   If you want to know what each herb or plant or flower can do, look that up online too. Some have healing properties. 

I usually collect: 
Lavender (for making up the majority volume of the stick) 
Sage (for the smell and cleansing properties)
Some Lantana flowers
A couple big flowers like Cone Flower or roses
Various Herbs



Big flowers always look awesome and often times I buy a random bouquet at the grocery store and then use those. 

Step 3: Sort Your Cuttings
When I'm done cutting, I come inside and organize everything by what it is.  This helps me put the right stuff in the right place for the bouquet. 


Step 4: Form Your Bouquet
Put the biggest and tallest and most beautiful pieces in a little bouquet then begin to add lavender and the more plain herbs and flowers around it.  Try to make your cut ends towards the bottom all line up so it's easier to tie and wrap it. 

When you're done, set it down. 

Step 5: Tie a Knot
Gently wrap some string one time around the very bottom of the bouquet and tie it in a knot.  

Step 6: Wrap It Tight
With your left hand, hold your bouquet and use your right hand to begin wrapping the string very tightly around the bottom , several times.   Then begin moving up the stick and down the stick.  You can also criss cross.  If you have a crystal to add you can add it after you're greens are tight and then you can wrap a few extra times around it. 

Step 7: Tie Another Knot
When you get done, go back to the bottom and tie another knot in your loose string so it's all secured.
  

Step 8: Let It Dry
Set your bouquet in a sunny windowsill for several days so it can dry out without the inside stuff rotting.  Then you can hang it to display it in your home, place it in a basket, or use it to cleanse your home and any other magical space. 

It gets easier the more you do it, so practice and don't give up. Also, it doesn't have to be perfect. You can also dry out your plants FIRST, then wrap them.  It can get messy from breakage that way so be careful. 

I hope you make some lovely bouquets!

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