So, many questions get asked about Sage and Smudging. Here are a few tips to help you Smudge properly!!!
If your sage bundle is tightly wrapped:
Untie it a little bit and pull it apart for much easier burning.
If you sage bundle is a little loosely wrapped:
Do not untie or pull apart the bundle - it should burn just fine after it has a good ember.
If you only want to burn a little bit at a time, break off a few chunks and burn them inside your Abalone shell or smudge bowl.
Be careful & use caution - Always open a window (at least a little bit) to make sure smoke doesn't build up to much.
Never run water on to your sage, unless it is an emergency (please use caution). To put out your Sage, you can rub the embers out in your shell/bowl or simply let the embers burn out on their own within a couple of minutes.
Make sure there is no moving air in the area, otherwise it will will keep the embers going.