SWEET GRASS BRAID
In Hoodoo Folk Magic, Spell-Craft, and Occultism
Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata) is a native meadow plant found from Nova Scotia to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and South Dakota. It is a sacred herb among Native Americans of Canada and the USA, and in the modern era, its use has spread to tribes outside its indigenous bioregion, and to non-tribal people as well. Sometimes called Seneca Grass (after the Indian tribe) or Vanilla Grass (for its fragrance), Sweet Grass is best known as an incense smudge, but it is also a medicinal tea for coughs and sore throats, is placed in storage with items to purify them, forms a raw material for basket weaving, and is one of several items that can be used to designate a speaker in traditional Micmac talking circles. When Sweet Grass is employed in smudging, it is customary to braid it and to burn the braid from the tip to the roots. This may done to salute the four dirctions, during funerary rites to release the spirit of the departed, or at any time that one wishes to bring abut purification, harmony, peace, and uplift.
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Sweet Grass is best known as an incense smudge, but it is also a medicinal tea for coughs and sore throats.
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
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