In some traditions certain herbs, most commonly sage or palo santo sticks, are used to cleanse, purify or bless people and places. However, depending on culture or type of cleansing different herbs or incense may be used. When one practices smudging it is with the intention to clear away any negative energy present in a location or attached to an individual. The words of the intention can be spoken into the smoke and sent to the Light with the gentle upward sweeping motion with the use of a feather. It’s a simple and lovely spiritual ceremony.