Metaphysical Properties of Sweetgrass
Official Name: Hierochloe odorata
Powers: Calling Spirits, Peace, Purification
- Burn Sweetgrass to attract good spirits or beings before performing spells.
- Sweetgrass goes well with Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood for smudging.
Weeding Sweetgrass areas lessens competition from other plants. Many Native tribes in North America use Sweetgrass in prayer, smudging, or purifying ceremonies and consider it a sacred plant. Sweetgrass is used to "smudge"; the smoke from burning Sweetgrass is fanned on people, objects, or areas.
Like many New Age practices, the use of Sweetgrass for spiritual purposes is ancient. Native American indigenous people regarded Sweetgrass as a sacred medicine, and even today is a standard substance used in shamanic healing.
Burned as an incense, Sweetgrass is valued for its vanilla-like scent. Clippings of Sweetgrass are usually braided and then dried before burning. When burned for healing or ritual purposes, the smoke from the braided Sweetgrass is thought to attract good spirits and positive energies. It is used as a smudging tool to purify people's auras, cleanse objects, and clear ceremonial areas or healing spaces of negative energy. Sweetgrass can also be carried or worn as a protective amulet. The plant is also used in basket weaving.