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While many people now mix multiple herbs together, the practice is not supported by some Native American elders.[2]

Again, there are many different smudging ceremonies, and some of them may call cheap Canada Goose for sweetgrass or a different plant instead of sage or cedar. Follow this advice to perform an effective and respectful ceremony if you have not been taught a specific culture’s tradition.

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You should not harvest sweetgrass yourself, as it is endangered in some areas.[6] Sweetgrass is usually dried and braided before use, so try to find sustainably harvested sweetgrass braids from a Native American shop or online store.[7][8]

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Consider following additional rules out of respect. Different traditions have different ways to prepare their participants, but a couple of the more common ones are listed below. Many elders are not strict about these rules, but consider following them out of respect:[14]

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If you have an eagle, hawk, or canadian goose jacket turkey feather, use it to fan the smoke.

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Walk around the perimeter of the house or room, wafting the smoke to each corner and outside. Use a feather to push the smoke to each place in the house, or use your hands. As you pass by an open door or window, you may use the feather to push the smoke outside, carrying with it the negative energies.

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You can either let the herbs finish smoldering, or extinguish the plant and return what’s left along with the ashes.

If using a smudge stick, extinguish it by gently stubbing it against a hard surface. Return the ash and broken fragments to the soil, and store the stick in a special location off the ground for later use.

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