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Sweetgrass Braid 65cm

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A traditional ceremonial incense used by Native Americans and other cultures. Shave tips, place over charcoal tablet. Quality guaranteed. Braids apx: 14-16". A traditional ceremonial incense used by Native Americans and other cultures. Shave tips, place over charcoal tablet.

1x Sweetgrass Braid (Wacanga) wild harvested by Native American Indians.

Each braid is approx 65cm long.

This healing herb was and is widely used in daily rituals and prayer as well as a medicine both in Europe and America. The active ingredient in sweetgrass that gives it its distinct, beautiful smell is coumarin. This compound is a strong anti-coagulant and is used to prevent bloodclots in susceptible persons.

Infusions of sweetgrass were drunk as well as being applied topically for different health reasons. It was even used to treat sick animals, especially dogs. Interestingly, it was noticed that dogs loved to find patches of sweetgrass and roll around in it and this was used to the advantage of the person seeking the plant, much like pigs were used in Europe to hunt truffles.

The Latin name for sweetgrass is "hierchloe odorata" which translates literally as "sacred grass" and is found both in Europe and America. There are many Northern European traditions associated with it that are similar to the Native American/North American ceremonial usages - for the scent and for use in spirituality and prayer. In North America, it is found across Canada and as far south in America as the state of New Mexico.

Traditionally sage was burnt after burning sweetgrass as it was believed this would magnify the effects of the ritual keeping negative energies at bay.

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