Going through something, feeling icky, getting over a cold; each of these are reasons for me to burn sage in my house. Smudging is something that my Dad did while I was growing up and it's something that I have continued to do now that I'm an adult. Research shows that smudging has the ability to kill germs. I definitely feel cleansed after the sage has been burned. It's become a tradition among our friends: when one of us moves into a new place we gift them with a smudge stick. My Dad has even made his own. Read more about it here.