As practiced among Native Americans for centuries, smudging has been used to purify objects and locations. Simply light the tip of the smudge stick and blow out the flame. Hold the stick over a fireproof shell or plate to catch any smoldering ash. After use, extinguish with sand or water. Do not leave lit smudges unattended or around children or animals. Lion's Paw Shell and Stand make a beautiful addition to your smudging ritual sold separately.