7 Chakra and White Sage Smudge Stick 3-4"
How to Use Your Smudge
The goal with smudging is not to have flames but smoke. It is the smoke that purifies and cleanses.
So once it is lit, use your hand or breath to blow the flame out if it doesn't go out on its own.
Then wave the smoke around whatever it is you'd like to purify. A feather or group of feathers is a traditional way to do this.
As the smoke moves around and up to the sky, imagine releasing whatever is not in your best interests. Let it go on the smoke. The sacred smoke will take these energies back to the Source, where they will be transformed into positive energy again.
You can pray and sing for the cleansing that you desire.
You will want to keep a bowl of sand or earth nearby. When you are done smudging, bury the burning end completely . . . Check back to make sure it is completely out.
This bowl is also useful for tapping loose burning embers into.
Since you are burning things, be sure to use a fire-safe cauldron or other device. Putting sand in the bottom is a good idea. Also be aware of flammables nearby. Cloth underneath, or in a dangling sleeve, for example, can ignite from the heat.
If smudging indoors, excessive smoke will set off a smoke detector.
If smudging outdoors, be very careful in the dry season. A grass fire or forest fire is too much smudge for anyone!
Be aware that sparks do fall off, and can burn clothing, altar cloths, floors, etc. So use with caution.