A sacred grass to many Native tribes in North America, Sweetgrass is used in prayer, smudging or purifying ceremonies.It is usually braided, dried, and burned. Sweetgrass braids smolder and don't produce an open flame when burned. Many North American indigenous cultures burn Sweetgrass in ceremonies to invite the presence of good spirits.
Dried and prepared braids of Sweetgrass have been a trade item on the Northern Plains for millennia.
This healing herb has a prominent place in daily ritual and medicine. The active, aromatic ingredient in Sweetgrass is coumarin. This compound is a strong anti-coagulant and has been used historically to prevent blood clots, However, it should be used with caution as it is hard on the liver.
Sweetgrass infusions were used as tea and topical treatment for a variety of ailments, including veterinary use. Animals are also drawn to the scent and can often be found bedding down in a stand of Sweetgrass. Our dogs are often hanging out and napping on the farm in the Sweetgrass. Our cat loves to munch and nap on it as well!
Most people burn sage after burning sweetgrass because it is inviting to all spirits. Sage will help keep the negative ones away.