Our White Sage house smudging stick measures approximately 4 inches and is perfect for smaller spaces.
Burning sage (smudging) is an important part of energetic house clearing. Practiced by Native Americans and Shamans for centuries to clear negative energy from spaces, objects and people. One of the most sacred ceremonial plants to seek blessings and encourage protection.
Instructions for burning: Always use a fireproof vessel under the wand to catch any hot ash that may fall off during your walk. We have abalone shells available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/385943850/abalone-shell-sage-burner?ref=shop_home_active_12
Hold the smudge stick by the stick part of the bundle and light the other end. Allow the top to burn for just a moment and then blow it out. The plant will continue to smolder and smoke, and it is this smoke that will carry any negativity out of the space. Make sure you have a window or door open while smudging. Walk around your home, wafting the smoke into the corners (you can use your hand for this or a feather, which we have available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/385948218/smudging-feather-smudging-supply?ref=related-7) while saying a little prayer aloud. It's completely up to you what you would like to say.... we say "All negativity must leave, you are not welcome here. Only peace, love and light is allowed in this home". This is what works for us, but you should always do whatever resonates with you! Once you have completed walking through your entire home set the smudge stick aside, on a fireproof plate or abalone shell and allow it to go out on it's own.
A very good friend of ours who is a Native American Medicine Woman told us this, and when she tells us something, we listen! She said the bundle will continue to smolder for as long as it needs to, and will put itself out when it is finished. This is a sacred practice, and it is important to allow the ritual to unfold naturally. This allowing of the bundle to go out on it's own, is part of that unfolding.
Use caution when smudging, and never leave the wand unattended.