Sweetgrass symbolizes love, peace, harmony, strength, purity, positivity and connection to Mother Earth.
Sweetgrass is a plant medicine that represents strength and resilience in both family and the community and their connection with Mother Earth. Braiding of the sweetgrass plant is usually a group event that brings communities together and connects each member.
Sweetgrass is much more than a nice smelling plant that can be burned. It represents the connection of humans to earth and sky and is used in many ceremonies and prayers. Typically, sage is burned first to cleanse and purify and is followed by sweetgrass to attract good energy and spirits.
Some information about sweetgrass.
The three cords of the sweetgrass braid represent mind, body and spirit. There are typically seven strands of grass per cord. The first seven strands represent the seven generations behind us including our parents, grandparents, etc.; the next seven represent the seven sacred teachings of love, humility, truth, respect, honesty, courage and wisdom; the final seven strands represent the seven generations that will come after us.
HOW TO USE
To burn sweetgrass, light the end of the braid and carefully wave it to release smoke into the air. You can also mix it with sage or cedar either by creating a smudge stick or by mixing the plant medicines in a bowl or abalone shell. Once the plants are burning, smudge your body and the room you’re in. Focus on what you’re thankful for and what you’re praying for. This part can be tailored to your own needs and prayers. Allow the sweetgrass to burn out on its own and give thanks to the creator for giving us the gift of these plant medicines.