Native Sacred Herb Smudge Sticks- Making your own!



Mother earth blessings – All plants possess a sacred spirit a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents.

This time of year is a good time to prune sage, rosemary and thyme, trimming of the excess helps keep the plants bushy.

Each herb has a magical power of its own –

Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and when used as a smudge it helps get rid of negativity. It is one of the oldest incenses.

Lavender has powers of protection cleansing, and love. Lavender brings a positive energy, opens the heart chakra and calms the mind.

Thyme has numerous magical properties. Thyme’s associations include: healing, love, psychic knowledge and purification.

Harvest herbs in the morning after the sun has dried the dew but before the heat of the day sets in. Use a sharp  knife to cut herbs. Thank the plant for its gift, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer or mulch. Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.

Making your smudge stick –

  1. Cut the branches of the herb you are using into 7-10 inch lengths – I use a mix of all 3.
  2. Get a long piece of cotton, 1 metre length I have found to be the best.
  3. Bundle the branches together (to your desired thickness).
  4. With the tips of the branches pointing down, begin wrapping the cord tightly around the base of your bundle.
  5. Then, wrap the cord around the bundle, pressing as you go to tighten.
  6. When you reach the tip, begin working your way back down toward the base.
  7. Tie the two ends of the cord together at the base.
  8. Hang up or store somewhere dark and dry – Drying time varies depending on conditions.

The leaves must be completely 100% dry to burn so it’s best to wait until you’re sure. Light one end and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy making your own smudge sticks as much as I have.

Love and Blessgings

Carly xx


Nurture Mother Goddess

The energy of the divine feminine is one that most of us can relate to. This is true as we all have a mother or we have connected to the energy of the mother within ourselves.

‘Honoring and connecting to the Divine Feminine is an act of worship, not only to oneself, but also to the Divine Mother — the essence of all creation and the God of your own distinct understanding of the universe’

For many women, pregnancy is a spiritual and seemingly magical time. Adorning the beautiful bump is a celebration, the transformation from women into motherhood. Giving her love and confidence as she waits the impending birth of her baby.

Today was a magical day with Tiffany, and on a beautiful full moon too. Tiffany is only 2 days away from her due date, so we decided to decorate the bump with glitter and jewels (which can easily be washed away) and her hands with beautiful henna. She sat amazingly well and I am looking forward to the fabulous photos from Julie Lou.

Here is a peek of some we took on the day. Thank you Tiffany for allowing us to share them and I send lots of love to you as you enter this new stage of your life.

Thank you to Kim, Julie Lou and Kerrie for  your additions to the day.



Art of Love @Festival 8


festival 8


Art of Love is really looking forwarded to being back at Cabourne Parva. Festival 8 was undoubtedly the best festival that we attended last year. The attention to detail and the beautiful people really made this something special.

This year as well as the beautiful natural henna tattoos, hair braids and hair feathers, we will also be running a Sound Vibration experience workshop. The workshop is planned for Sunday morning at 10am. Come and experience the healing sound and vibrations of the Himalayan and quartz crystal singing bowls. Booking is essential and can be made at the information point.

Really looking forward to seeing you all.

Carly x


Art of Love @ Workhouse 2016



Come and catch Art of Love here this weekend. Creating beautiful natural henna tattoos, hair braids and feather hair extensions.

A festival of Music, Arts and Crafts
A family friendly weekend, with an outdoor live music stage, and separate Acoustic Area
This year, a New area with a Cabaret tent. DJ setup in the Venue with an amazing sound system
Tasty food and a lovely big bar + chill out area,
Extensive Kids Area , clear of the arenas, but close enough for you to keep an eye on them.