Burning certain herbs, flowers, and other plants with powerful healing properties can help cleanse and purify the air in and around your space. This practice has been around for hundreds of years and used by different cultures to clear energy. It helps to re-energize, restore, and balance you or your space with peace, calmness, and positivity. A recent study also showed that burning medicinal herbs helped to kill 94% of airborne bacteria for up to an hour or more.
You can use a bundle of dried herbs tied together, such as sage, sweetgrass, or lavender and allow the smoke from this bundle to cleanse your space. These herbs have healing properties that absorb toxins and negative energy. Tying the herbs together with a string or any flammable material intensifies the smoke. As you burn the smoke, it attaches to the negative energy in the room and helps to remove it. You'll notice a real difference after burning a smudge stick, both in the way you feel and in the way the room you've purified feels.
It's not required to bind the herbs together in a stick, of course. You can burn the loose herbs to get a similar purifying result. However, bundling the herbs as a stick lets you move the herbs about the room easily, directing the smoke wherever you want it. You can use your hand to waft the smoke throughout the space.