When your home or workspace feels fraught with negativity, when your tools seem to be "sticky" and hard to work with, when your own energy level feels low and out of sorts- this is a great time to use smudging to cleanse, balance, and purify yourself and your surroundings.
White sage, in particular, is what most people reach for when they are planning on smudging. This herb has an excellent reputation for dispelling negative energies. It may be used alone, or in conjunction with other herbs to address specific problems. Our bundles of white sage are approximately 4" long.
How do I light my sage? Grasp the White Sage Smudge Bundle at one end, and hold it with the other end pointed slightly downward. Hold a lighter, match, or even a lit candle, to the tip of the bundle. Once it catches, let it burn for a few seconds before you press the tip against a fire-proof surface (a bowl or shell works well) just long enough to extinguish the flames. Leave the smoldering embers, though. This is what will release the fragrant smoke, and let the sage do its job.
Now what? Fix your intention firmly in your mind before you begin. Gently waft the smoke from the smoldering sage over and around you and/or your tools, as you focus on driving away the bad vibes. Or if you are smudging your home, go from room to room, along the walls and into every corner, again, focussing on your purpose as you proceed. Be sure to open all doors and window give any malevolent spirits a route to depart.
Now how do I extinguish my sage bundle? Sage does not burn particularly vigorously. Once you stop moving around, and place the sage bundle on a fire-proof surface, it will go out on its own after a few minutes. You do not need to wet your sage to make it go out.