Sweet Braided Grass | Incense
Sweet braided grass is widely used by North American indigenous peoples from many different Nations. Among many of the Plains Indians is considered one of the “four sacred medicines” used by the people in Anishinabe, Bode’wad mi, and Odawa societies. The other three are tobacco, cedar, and sage.
A tea is brewed by Native Americans for coughs, sore throats, chafing and venereal infections. It is also used by women to stop vaginal bleeding and to expel afterbirth.
Burned as an incense, sweet braided grass is valued for its vanilla-like scent, due to an active ingredient in sweet braided grass called coumarin. When burned for healing or ritual purposes the smoke from the sweetgrass is intended 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.
- Blessings in the home and personal
- Protective totem
- Attracts positive energies
- Offering during sacred ceremonies
Once lit, direct the smoke around your aura, any others present and/or the place of your ceremony by using a feather or your hand. The smoke is sent out with your prayers and as an invocation honouring the four directions, the Father, Sun and Mother Earth.
Size: Plait is about 50-60 cms long (20-25 inches)