Native American smudge incense sticks are used for purifying the atmosphere, dispersing negativity, protection. Smudges put out a lot of soothing smoke. Very refreshing, relaxing, clearing --- like traveling through the clouds...Potent and purifying. White sage from the coastal mountains of California. This is a broad leaf sage which is prized for its strong aromatic properties. White Sage has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years for cleansing, purifying ones self and others as well as an area of space through the technique of smudging. Lavender, long associated with the heart chakra, and the air element, has been called by healers The Mother Plant and Grandmother Plant due to her multi-faceted uses and medicinal qualities. The uses of lavender are known from as far back as 2500 years ago and has been one of the most consistently used plants in history. Lavender has been called blue magic, and is said to be ruled by Mercury, the great communicator. Lavender works to soothe and calm people who have a keen interest in spiritual phenomena and tend to absorb a great deal of spiritual energy that they can't quickly process. She then teaches how to regulate and process the influx of psychic energy. To burn a smudge stick just light the tip, blow it out and either wave in air or place in a glass or metal container (one that will not burn) with sand or salt placed therein to hold the smudge bundle upright. To extinguish, invert smudge into the sand or salt to smother. Smudges put out a lot of soothing smoke.