I have an obsession with bringing the outdoors into my home- I think many of you feel the same way. Whether you actually burn these bundles or not, they are beautiful items to have around the home or to gift to others.
My most favorite part of these bundles particularly is that I used bits of evergreen that was going dry. As well as "woody" herbs from my garden.
Traditionally, burning bundles are made by tightly binding dried woody, resinous herbs that slowly burn. This is a beautiful way to put to use the herbs from your garden! And if you don’t have an herb garden yet, this is good motivation to create one!
Great herbs to use are white sage, cedar, sagebrush, mugwort, thyme, lavender, juniper, pine, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, and more!
I personally used pieces of fraser fir from a Christmas tree, as well as sage, rosemary and lavender from my garden. I also used rose buds that were dying and about to be thrown out.
*Note* : Common garden sage is not a safe herb to burn and therefore, I will not burn the bundle that contains is and will use it for aesthetic purposes only. :) If you plan on burning sage, you will need to purchase or grow white sage.
An array of “woody” herbs of your choice.
roses and/or lavender buds
cotton culinary twine
You don’t want to “pre dry” your herbs or flowers- this will make binding tightly more difficult.
Follow the following photos. Essentially, you will tightly bind layers of herbs on top of each other.
Place bundles in a dry area and wait for them to dry completely before burning. Better yet, string them up upside, down.