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Sweetgrass Braid 18”

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SWEETGRASS SMUDGING 🌿(WHY & HOW TO SMUDGE WITH SWEET GRASS)

What is sweetgrass smudging? Have you tried smudging with sweetgrass? Or smudging your home? The sweetgrass sacred medicine is very important to the indigenous people of Canada and the United States. Indigenous smudging is a proven way to feel better spiritually, and physically using native medicines. 

 

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.

 

You want to know why sweet grass is such a sacred medicine, and how to use sweet grass smudging to attract positive energy into your life?

Now, smudging is a cleanse, and a form of prayer to purify your mind, body, and spirit, and to give thanks to the creator, or to whoever it is that you pray to, also to attract positive energy into your life, and to send good thoughts of health and wellness to your friends and family, or those around you. Various Indigenous tribes around North America, even the world, practice smudging. Now, this specific smudging process has been taught to me by elders in my Anishinabek Nation. Now, the most important thing about smudging is your intentions, so what are you intending, and what are you trying to accomplish? So intending to do good when you're smudging, thinking positively and wholeheartedly is what it's all about.

NOW, THERE ARE THREE MAJOR POINTS TO KNOW WHEN SMUDGING WITH SWEET GRASS.

 

#1 UNDERSTAND WHY SWEET GRASS IS A SACRED MEDICINE.

Sweet grass, or weengushk, is believed to have been the first plant to grow on Mother Earth. I've also heard teachings that say that sweet grass is the woman's medicine, and other teachings that say that sweet grass is the man's medicine.


Now, similar to the other four sacred medicines, all living things have energy attached to them. In the old teachings, sweet grass is said to be the hair of Mother Earth, and Mother Earth has feminineenergy, which might be why people say that it is the woman's medicine. However, sweet grass also represents strength, which is more of a masculine energy. One strand of sweet grass can be easily broken, but when the sweet grass is braided, it's almost impossible to break. Strength in family and the strength in the community is what the sweet grass medicine teaches us, and what it represents. So now we know why sweet grass is so important as a sacred medicine.


#2 KNOW HOW TO SMUDGE WITH SWEET GRASS

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 once you've lit your medicine, you first want to smudge your feather so that you are cleansingthe feather and purifying it. You then smudge your head and your eyes, so that you only think good thoughts and see the good and the positive in everything. Then you smudge your mouth so that you say only positive things. And after you finish smudging yourself, you allow the smoke to touch everything else in the room. Now, this smells a lot differently than if I were just burning sage, because I put pieces of the sweet grass inside of my smudge bowl. The entire time that you are smudging, continue to think good and positive thoughts.

It's also important to focus on what you're thankfulfor, so saying thank you to the creator for having our health, and having our family in good health and our spirits with us, that makes us stronger. I also pray and hope that everyone watching is in good health, and thank them for being a part of this smudging ceremony, thank them for learning Anishinaabe ways, and I pray for the health and wellness of all of you. When you're done smudging, let the medicine burn out on its own, and give thanks to the creator for giving us the gift of the weengushk, and for giving us the sage as well.


#3 WHY YOU WOULD USE SWEET GRASS AS THE MEDICINE OF CHOICE FOR SMUDGING

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.

You'll find lots of other uses for sweet grass as well, such as in candles, air fresheners, incense, essential oils, and in baskets as well. Sweet grass basket weaving is very popular, and a lot of our ancestors used sweet grass to weave baskets for gathering berries and other sacred medicines. So now you know when you would use sweet grass to smudge.

So we've gone through these three important points to know about sweet grass smudging, which are, one, why sweet grass is a sacred medicine, two, how to smudge using sweet grass, and three, when you would use the sweet grass medicine. Now after understanding these three important points about sweet grass smudging, you know exactly why and how to smudge with sweet grass.

SWEET GRASS HAS A PRETTY SWEET HISTORY OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS

An extremely hardy perennial herb with a sweet, long-lasting, vanilla-like fragrance, sweet grass is indigenous to the comparatively cool regions of Europe and North America, growing naturally in the nutrient-rich soil of wet meadows, low prairies, cool mountain canyons, and along the shady banks of streams, rivers, and lakes.

The plant grows to a height of about 24 inches with long, scented stalks hiding shiny undersides. Its scientific name, Hierochloe odorata, literally means, “fragrant holy grass,” and the plant has been regarded as sacred everywhere it is grown and harvested.

In fact, Native Americans called it, “the grass that never dies,” because they believed the plant retained its spirit and fragrance long after it had been harvested; some tribes believed it was the first plant to cover the earth.

This aromatic herb gets its namesake from its sweet blades and has been used by humans over the centuries in functions ranging from ingredients in herbal medicine to the production of distilled spirits. It has even been used as a flavoring for tea, tobacco, candy, soft drinks, and vodka.

Indigenous people of North America have been using sweet grass traditionally for their religious ceremonies as well as for specific therapeutic purposes. Many stuffed the fragrant grass into their pillows and mattresses with hopes of having sweet dreams, and they even wove the dried leaves into their fabrics and clothing to ensure the soft aroma of sweet grass followed them everywhere.

Sweet Grass didn’t just end with clothing; however, in addition, native tribes throughout North America used its long leaves to weave baskets and other traditional handicrafts, many of which retained the plant’s aroma long after weavers were finished.

In Northern Europe, sweet grass was laid on the ground in front of churches on Saints’ days so the sweet fragrance would be released when people walked inside. Among Native Americans, sweet grass has a long tradition of use in sacred rituals as a “smudging” herb and is still widely used for that purpose today.

Using an herbaceous healing and purifying incense, the act of smudging is ritual alchemy — changing and shifting the air element, transforming one’s environment to a level of mystical elevation. The use of incense and smoke to connect humans to the spirit world can be easily traced throughout the East in parts of Asia, and even dating as far back to Ancient Greece.

Smudging with dried white sage is a 2,000 year-old Indigenous American practice; shamans used dried sage plants on their fires as a ritual to call upon ancestral spirits. Any conflict, anger, illness or evil was absorbed by the sage smoke to be released or cleansed from the energy field of a person.

Next, braided and dried sweet grass would be burned to call forth the energy of peace and love. Sweet grass braids smolder and don’t produce an open flame when burned. This ancient mystical ritual is a simple one to incorporate into your life, or any time you feel like your aura might need a little polishing; some believe you can never really smudge too much!

Smudging your sacred space, your home or office, or even your body with herbs like sage or sweet grass is like a deep metaphysical cleansing. The smoke from dried herbs actually changes the ionic composition of the air and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress. In fact, sweet grass is the ying to sage’s yang, because just as sage is used to cleanse and clear negativity, sweet grass is used to bring peace and positivity.

Of course, one mustn’t rely solely on smoke and firepower to experience the benefits of sweet grass; the essential oils extracted from the seeds of these sweet stems are chock full of natural pick-me-ups for even your most stubborn moods or ailments. Its aroma alone cues your mind and body to relax, wading off tension and anxiety, thus promoting higher natural energy levels – perfect for when you need a boost, but don’t need another cup of coffee!

If you’d rather ease your way into using sweet grass as part of your essential oils toolbox, start by adding a couple of drops to your laundry water, dryer balls, cleaning detergents, favorite lotion, or any place where you want an extra boost of that refreshingly light scent. Added bonus: though the scent is sweet to humans, it’s repulsive to mosquitos, so it should help eliminate the seasonal buzz in your ears!

Sweet grass has proven to be a sacred, powerful plant believed by many to dispel negative energy, elicit emotional strength, and engage our minds and senses. So while we’re at it, maybe we could all learn a few life lessons from these sweet leaves: stand tall, always keep growing, be persistent, it’s important to cleanse every once in a while, spread the love, and while the grass isn’t always greener, it certainly may be sweeter!

source: tribaltradedeco

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