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Sweetgrass Braid

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Sweetgrass braids are used in smudging ceremonies. Smudging ceremonies have been practiced by many cultures around the world since humans have existed.  Sweetgrass is traditionally known as the female herb, while sage is known as the male herb.

THE BENEFITS

Sweetgrass is used for cleansing any negative or unwanted energy from people, places and items, while cleansing, bringing balance and inviting in fresh, positive energy.

THE PROCESS

The sweetgrass used in each braid is organic.  This herb is grown, gathered and braided at Wolf River Farm.

SIZE

The braid loop is 7-8" in diameter and the braid's width is approximately 1/2".

HOW TO USE

Cut off the driest end of the braid.  Put the braid end outside (Do not just toss it in the garbage.  It's a special plant.)  Hold a flame under the braid end until it's well lit.  Blow out the flame to leave the grasses smouldering.  Use a feather, seashell, or other item to waft the smoke through the air.  

To perform a smudging ritual, waft the smoke through the air continuously as you walk the perimeter of a room, around an object or a person.  If you are cleansing a room pay special attention to the corners.

The smoke rising represents your prayers. You may choose to speak prayers aloud or quietly. You may also honour the four elements (Earth, Water, Air and Fire), the four directions (North, South, East and West) and the four spirit animals (White Buffalo, Coyote, Eagle and Grizzly Bear).

Once finished, make sure the braid is completely extinguished and wrap for reuse.

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