What did Native Americans use sweetgrass for?
Sweetgrass is one of the sacred plants traditionally used in Native American culture. Scholars report that it was also used as incense in ritual purifications. Natives have always known that its fragrance kept biting bugs away, and they often covered themselves and their homes in the plant.
What is sweetgrass known for?
Sweetgrass is a fragrant grass with long, satiny leaves. Also known as vanillagrass, mannagrass and holy grass, it is well known to many Indigenous people in Canada and the United States as a material for baskets, as well as a scent, medicine and smudge.
What does sweetgrass symbolize?
Sweetgrass is one of our sacred medicines, symbolizing healing and peace. A grass with long soft leaves, it grows from 1 to 3 feet tall in Eeyou Istchee and other regions. Once gathered and dried, leaves are braided together for smudging at home, at work and in our ceremonies.