How to Make a Sage Smudge Stick. Smudge sticks are used in traditional Native American ceremonies to purify people and places. There are similar ceremonies in many cultures where herbs are burned for cleansing. Smudging can be used to counteract depression, anger or bitterness. If you would like to try smudging, it is very easy to make your own sage smudge sticks.

Cut the sage branches into 7 to 10 inch lengths.

Snip a piece of string 2 1/2 times the length of the cut sage branches.

Hold three branches together with the tips pointing down. Begin wrapping the string tightly around the base of the branches.

Wrap firmly, working your way to the tips of the branches. When you reach the tips, switch directions and begin working your way back up to the base of the sage branches. Tie the two ends of the string together when you reach the base.

Place the wrapped branches 1/4 of the way up from the bottom of the piece of newspaper, and fold the short end of the paper over the stick.

Use a firm, even pressure to roll the stick up inside the paper. When the paper is all used up, you have a smudge stick. Trim the edges neatly.

Dry your sage smudge sticks in a flat basket or on a screen for a week, and use them in your own smudging ceremonies.