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. 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 Lavender 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 upright. To extinguish, invert smudge into the sand or salt to smother.