Sage is used to “wash off” the outside world when one enters ceremonial rituals or a sacred space. Objects can also be washed off. The smoke is meant to remove unwanted influences, drive negative energy away and to bless and cleanse the person or object being smudged, for spiritual purification, house blessings and spiritual cleansing. Intention is a key component when smudging. Be clear on what you want to achieve. Do what ultimately ‘feels right’ for you.
Carefully light one end of the herb stick and allow to burn for a few seconds. Then quickly blow out flame for a smoldering smoke. Place herb stick onto a fire safe surface like a clay bowl, shell, or a crystal agate dish. Make sure the room where you are smudging is well ventilated. Open all the doors and windows. This is essential to drive out the negative energies by providing an exit route.
Use with extreme caution. Do not use if you suffer from Asthma or have respiratory issues. Do not use near infants or young children or anyone who is or may be pregnant. Do not leave burning or smoldering herb stick unattended. Keep out of reach of children.