Sweetgrass Braids

Sweetgrass Braids

[ 1872 ]
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Sweetgrass, also called Holy Grass, Vanilla Grass and Seneca Grass, is a perennial herb native to Europe and North America.

While certain beverages benefit from the sweet flavor of coumarin present in the leaf, the grass-like stems and leaf of the plant are commonly fashioned into long braids. In Europe, sweetgrass braids are laid across church doorways to commemorate saints' days. In North America, indigenous peoples regard sweetgrass as a sacred herb and traditionally use the braids to weave baskets and to burn at ceremonies as smudge.

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quick look

information at a glance
approximate length of braid24 inches
originunited states
active compoundsStarch, sugars, Cellulose, Vitamins and Minerals. A glucose-coumarin compound.
plant part usedstem and leaf

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in a sealed container away from light and humidity.
appearance & aromaLong coil of grass with a mild, sweet aroma.


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culinaryMay be used in tea blends.
aromaticUse with or without other aromatic herbs as incense.

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flavor profile


Has a grassy, mildly sweet flavor.

formulas & recipes


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what else you should know


Braided and dried, sweetgrass is used in Native American ceremonial practices and as a ritual offering for peace. It is part of the affirmation of the infinite provisions of Earth and the Great Spirit. With cedar, sage and tobacco, it is considered to be among the four sacred plants. Lighted and extinguished by the breath, the smoke is wafted by hand to surround and bless subjects and surroundings. Sectioned strands of braid may also be placed onto low-burning wood coals.

Many native tribes of the North American Great Plains believe it was the original plant to bless Mother Earth. Sweetgrass was used to create baskets, serve as thread, act as pillow fill, to make mattresses and mats, and in numerous other practical and ceremonial areas of daily craft. The Cheyenne painted pipes for their Sun Dance and Sacred Arrow ceremonies. It was also smoked.

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