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When shopping for sage for the smudging, don't just use any sage from your kitchen. Make sure you're purchasing white sage that has been harvested using ethical and traditional techniques.
Only burn your sage stick above a recipient that's heatproof. Traditionally, abalone shells were used for sage smudging, but we also love these open-palm ceramics.
Set your smudging station with a handy match striker, ready to ignite at a moment's notice. Burn individual leaves instead of the whole stick for a quick fix.
While you can disperse the smoke from your smoking sage stick with your hands, the pros use a smudging feather.
If the smell of sage bothers you, try burning palo santo as a cleansing and uplifting alternative.
Keep a stash of scented matches to set the mood when you're ready to ignite your sage stick.
Give this housewarming gift to a friend who's recently moved. The sage leaves will purify the air while the crystals, chosen according to the principles of feng shui, will energize the space.