If you aren't a fan of the smell of burning White Sage (and tbh I'm soo not) why not try these alternatives?
Desert sagebrush - Artemisia tridentata
(Other names: Sagebrush, Desert sage, Desert sagebrush, Desert magic, Mountain sage, Grey sage, New Mexico sage, Sagebrush smudge, Big sage, Great Basin sagebrush).
This aromatic shrub thrives in drier areas of the mountainous West. It has skinny, branched leaves with three lobes. This plant has a warm herbaceous aroma that it slightly peppery. It is used as a smudge for cleansing and purifying, protection, and inner strength.
It is said to bring pleasant thoughts and relieve headaches and anxiety. This plant is used interchangeably with Artemisia californica.
Black sagebrush / Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris
(Other names: Black sage, Mugwort, Cronewort, Wild wormwood, Chrysanthemum weed, Artemis, Old Uncle Henry, St. John’s plant) This plant grows all over Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US. A cup mugwort tea is excellent to help with gas, flatulence, stomach acid, bile production, and overall digestion.
Mugwort Smudge is also used for protection and is the most instantly recognisable magic herb. You can hang the plant over doorways either in whole branches or crush the leaves and flowers to put in a sachet, often along with other herbs. Mugwort Smudge Bundles can also be used to repel insects by hanging the plant around the home.
Be warned, the aroma of burning Mugwort smells just like ciggaweed. Try not to burn if your mum and dad are visiting perhaps?