So, once the smudge is smoldering, now what?
You’ll want to ensure you have a natural bowl, referred to as a smudge or leaf bowl. We do not recommend you use any man-made material, doing so will impact the sage burning and could alter your experience with the sage.
We highly recommend you use abalone shell. The shells of abalones have a low and open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell’s outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre or mother-of-pearl, which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong and changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pearl. The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a desirable food, and is consumed raw or cooked in a wide variety of dishes.
Using an abalone shell is considered not only appropriate but engenders a solemn and sober nature about the ceremony or smudging session.