Sage is being incredibly over-harvested and mass-produced right now, due to a higher demand for smudge sticks or bundles. However, the plant was used traditionally by Native Americans to cleanse the air of negativity - but they did so respectfully. The Native Americans believed in only taking from the Earth what you need and will use. A single leaf of sage is enough to cleanse yourself and your space of negative energy. Burning the large bundles all at once not only produces an unnecessary amount of smoke, it is almost an insult to the plant and Mother Earth. If you buy your sage in bundles, unravel the string and pick out one leaf at a time. It will save your money AND our plant allies!