Light the end of smudge stick, being careful avoid flyaway ends, falling embers, or particularly combustible herbs. Hold the burning end over a clay bowl, ashtray, or other non-flammable container at all times.
Allow the stick to burn for a few seconds and when it seems like it is going, carefully, gently blow or wave it to put out the flame. Allow the stick to smoulder for a few minutes; never leave its attendance. To extinguish, smother or crush the smouldering end until it goes out. Try to avoid using water as this can ruin the stick for further use.