Smudging is the name given to the burning of holy and spiritual herbs, for the purposes of cleansing and sending prayers. Smudging can clear negative energy from a room, and many people smudge themselves to help alleviate illness, sadness or anger.
A fireproof container should be used to hold the burning stick, ideally an Abalone shell should be used, as the shell represents the water element. When holding the burning stick, please be aware of falling embers. A lit stick should not be left burning while unattended, and care should be taken when extinguishing smoldering sticks.