Every year I give my rosemary plants a good prune to keep them happy and encourage growth. I always end up with far more rosemary than I can use in my cooking so this time, I decided to bind them in a bundle and dry to use as a natural insect repellent. Smudge sticks are more commonly made with sage but rosemary works just as well.
To use, simply light one end of the smudge stick and then gently wave it in the air until it starts to smolder. I like to place mine in a fireproof container at the door; the fumes they release help keep pesky mosquitoes away from the house.
Rosemary, trimmed to 15cm lengths
Kitchen string or twine (must be natural fibre as you will be burning these)
1. Trim rosemary sprigs into 15cm lengths.
4. Secure with knot, leaving enough string for tying and handling.