Smudging (or saging) is the ancient art of cleansing or blessing an area by burning thick-bladed sage that has been blessed. This sage stick is blessed and ready to use. Directions for saging are included with your delivery!
White Sage Smudging Stick
The most important thing you need to know about smudging, is that the smoke is highly cleansing. The smoke has properties which cling to negative energy and remove it from the intended object or person. Whether or not this is true is of little consequence; what matters is that you will notice a marked improvement in the feel of yourself and the surrounding area after using it. Simply burn your White Sage and allow the smoke to surround and permeate the object, room, person, etc. You can burn the herb in its loose form, or you can burn a stick of bound leaves.
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If you're burning a smudge stick, you really just need something to rest it on. That can be a plate, ashtray, shell, whatever—just make sure it's burn-proof.
Light up. If you're burning loose herbs, light them up, let them burn for a few seconds and blow the flame out. BE CAREFUL when you blow; loose sage gets airborne pretty easily. If you're burning a smudge stick, let it burn a bit longer before blowing it out, as sticks tend to burn less easily.
If you're clearing a room, simply walk around and guide the smoke until you feel the energy shift. It doesn't take much, a few minutes ought to be enough for a basic clearing. If you're doing more than that, you might smudge for a longer period of time, but we're only covering the basics right now, and a few minutes is perfectly adequate for a routine cleansing. If you *are* smudging for a longer period of time, I've found loose sage to be more practical, as it seems to burn longer and with less attention. Smudge sticks seem to die pretty quickly unless you've really torched the sucker at the start.
Let it burn out. The idea here is burning what you need and hopefully having it self-extinguish by the time you're done. This is something you'll need to experiment with a bit, but it's a lot easier than it sounds. When in doubt, burn less—you can always light it up again—this is a far better alternative to having to wait for it to die out on its own.