Black sage is the most common sage in California, and one of the keystone species of the coastal sage scrub plant community in the southern half of the state. It helps increase positive energy in your home by removing all the negative and harmful energies.
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. Smudges put out a lot of soothing smoke.