Sweetgrass is a beautifully aromatic grass with a vanilla-like scent. It is indigenous to Europe and traveled to North America and is a sacred plant in many Native American tribes of Canada and the US as well as European shamanic practitioners. Among its uses in ritual, it may be burned to invite in positive spirits and energies.
Burning bundles of dried herbs – sometimes called smudge sticks – has been a part of many spiritual traditions dating back millennia and connects all traditional cultures, from the Native Americans to the Druids, from the Zulus to the Maoris, from Aboriginals to the Mayans, from the Chinese to the Balinese, all of which have age-old forms of cleansing and blessing rituals.
Ways to use Wildharvested Sweetgrass Braids:
Burn the braid from the tip (the small end). Light the braid and walk in a large circle, stopping at East, South, West and North to create a sacred space for magic within the circle.
Light the bundle and walk through the rooms of a home or other building to cleanse, protect or imbue the space with energy.
Light the bundle and waft the smoke over your body or someone else’s for a spiritual cleanse or for imbuing.
Wave the smoke over ritual tools or objects that you wish to bless.
For in-depth information on how to use this and other herbs and roots magically, I recommend Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic and Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, both of which can be found in our Books section.