New to smudging that's ok, we have a run down for ya....
You do not want to remove the binding or the cardboard around the smudge stick. (As it eventually burns down you may need to peel it back/off) Light the smudge stick using a match or candle and let it burn for 10 to 15 seconds. Then, gently blow out the flame so you see embers burning but no flame. The sage smoke should be flowing freely at this point! You should have an incense vessel or ceramic bowl to set your bundle on after you use a piece of aluminum foil to suffocate and extinguish it when you're done smudging. You should also open a door or a window to allow the smoke (and the negative energy) to escape. DON'T GET IT WET!! This will ruin the tip of the smudge stick and can cause it to get moldy if you seal moisture in when storing it.
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