Large Desert Sage bundle for smudging. American Indian tradition of smudging with Sage is to clear negative energy from a space. Light the Sage bundle on the leaf end and then blow out any flame. Encourage it to smoke and waft the smoke with a feather, or your hand, around the space with the intention of clearing negative energy and accepting the positive energy. Extinguish the Sage bundle in sand, or simply dab it out and save for next time. After use, put in an open safe place in a dish until you are sure it is extinguished. Do not use water to extinguish the Sage. Use caution at all times as this can burn you and cause fires.