Benefits of Smudging is to release any negative energy and to purify ourselves and our surroundings.
These tips are just guidelines and you should do some research on how to smudge/cleanse your home/yourself and develop your own personal way, message to the Universe and prayer of thanks.
I am sharing the ways that I have been taught and that work for me. :)
There are many different ways to smudge, cleanse, pick sage and I am sure that other cultures have their very own traditions. Look into what draws you in. check out your own family history and happy smudging.