How to Use Sweetgrass

How to Use Sweetgrass

How to Use Sweetgrass

The sweetgrass teaching tells you why it is so sacred, what sweet grass represents, who the medicine is for, how you go about sweetgrass burning and other sweetgrass teachings. The sweetgrass braid is a beautiful native symbol, and we can help you learn about smudging with sweetgrass and safe. Native American medicines are so important to the indigenous culture, so you can begin to smudge with sweetgrass, to use in sweetgrass healing and other sweetgrass uses.


One way you can smudge with sweet grass is to light the end of it. Carefully wave it so that it will burn enough to release smoke into the air. Sweet grass doesn't burn as well as cedar or sage, so people typically burn sweet grass with another sacred medicine so it will continue to burn. You can either create a smudge stick, which is a variety of medicines tied together into a bundle, or a smudge bowl, which is a few different medicines mixed together into a smudge bowl, or here I'm using an abalone shell for my smudge bowl. If you're wondering how to smudge with sage, then watch this video right here for a step-by-step process for smudging with sage.So, because sweet grass is the sacred medicine that represents strength and the community sticking together, it's usually used when, say, there's a community feast or a family gathering. Sweet grass is also one of the more popular-smelling sacred medicines, and it's often used as an air freshener or a decoration in your house because it smells so good, and it also gives off a beautiful, calming aroma.

Burned as an incense, sweetgrass is valued for its vanilla-like scent. Clippings of sweetgrass are usually braided and then dried prior to burning. When burned for healing or ritual purposes, the smoke from the braided sweetgrass is thought to attract good spirits and positive energies. It is used as a smudging tool to purify peoples auras, cleanse objects, and clear ceremonial areas or healing spaces of negative energy. Sweetgrass can also be carried or worn as a protective amulet. The plant is also used in basket weaving. Sweetgrass is used to "smudge"; the smoke from burning sweetgrass is fanned on people, objects or areas. Individuals smudge themselves with the smoke, washing the eyes, ears, heart and body. Mi'kmaq have long used sweetgrass as a smudging ingredient, often mixed with other botanicals. Sweetgrass is one of the four medicines which comprise a group of healing plants used by the people in Anishinabe, Bode'wad mi, and Odawa societies. The other three are tobacco, cedar, and sage (Mary Ritchie 1995). (Source: www.nativetech.org)


Many Native tribes in North America use sweetgrass in prayer, smudging or purifying ceremonies and consider it a sacred plant. It is usually braided, dried, and burned. Sweetgrass braids smolder and doesn't produce an open flame when burned. Just as the sweet scent of this natural grass is attractive and pleasing to people, so is it attractive to good spirits. Sweetgrass is often burned at the beginning of a prayer or ceremony to attract positive energies.

Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata) has a sweet, long-lasting aroma that is even stronger when the grass has been harvested and dried and is then moistened or burned. In the Great Lakes region, Sweetgrass was historically referred to with the Latin name Torresia odorata (Densmore 1974). There is also a western species of Sweetgrass (Hierochloe occedentalis) that grows in redwood areas. Other common names for Sweetgrass are Holy Grass (or Mary's Grass), Vanilla Grass, Bluejoint, Buffalo Grass, and Zebrovka. (Source: www.nativetech.org)



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