How To Use Sweetgrass for Healing

Attracting Positive Energies

Braided Sweetgrass
Braided Sweetgrass. © Phylameana lila Desy

Sweetgrass Hierochloe odorata gets its name from its sweet-aromic fragrance. Burned as an incense, sweetgrass is valued for its vanilla-like scent. Clippings of sweetgrass is commonly braided and and then dried prior to burning. When burned for healing or ritual purposes the smoke from the braided 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.

Sweetgrass can also be carried or worn as a protective amulet. It is also sought for basket weaving.

Other names for sweetgrass are:

  • Seneca Grass
  • Vanilla Grass
  • Holy Grass
  • Buffalo Grass

Ritual Uses of Sweetgrass:

  • Burned as a special offering during sacred prayers.
  • Burned for personal and home blessings.
  • Burned or smudged for purification purposes.
  • Incorporated into sweat lodge ceremonies.
  • Carried as a protective totem.
  • Kept in the home to attract positive energies.

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Suggested Ways to Use Sweet Grass for Healing
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I use it to clear out bad vibes. Or if I am worried about loved ones. Some of my relatives lay one across the dashboard of the car (safe travels) My dad says a prayer in his language (Shoshone). ~

One Brother to Another Brother! - With sage, copal, and tobacco make a sun tea. To make place one gallon of water in 3 days of sunshine. Put it on your roof those 3 days.

Put it in a 5 gallon container and add 3 more gallons of pure water. Use those 4 gallons of prepared "tea" for use in sweat lodge to pour over hot volcanic rock! Makes a good sweat! ~Range Hawk

Invite Wanted Energy - Smudging is a two step process for me. It is removing unwanted energy and bringing wanted energy.

Call them good vs bad if you will. I use sage to remove and sweetgrass to invite. I leave at least one window partway open during winter but in summer all windows would be open as well as doors. My belief is if the energy I wish to leave does not have a window or door to go out of it could make one and how can the energy I wish to come visit get in if there is something blocking the entrance. So I open a window or door depending upon time of year and I use the sage to clear room of those energies I do not want there. Then I use the sweetgrass to invite those energies I do. I also allow time for them to depart between using sage and sweetgrass and time for them to arrive before I close up house. ~Whitehorse Woman

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