Smudge Braid - SWEETGRASS BRAID 10cm
NOTE: PHOTO SHOWS SEVERAL BRAIDS. EACH PURCHASE IS FOR A SINGLE 10cm BRAID ONLY
Smudging is a ceremony practiced by various Indigenous peoples of the Americas, which involves the burning of sacred herbs. Long treasured in Native American ceremonies, Sweetgrass can be found all across the U.S. in wet meadows, low prairies, lakeshores and canyons, and its use in smudging is believed to bring about a connection to the land and the Earth. It is known for its unmistakably sweet aroma - it has a dry, sweet smell when burned.
In smudging, just as Sage is believed to cleanse and clear negativity, Sweetgrass is used to bring positivity; to cleanse and purify, and to invite positive, peaceful energies and spirits into a space or ritual. Sweetgrass tends to be used at the end of a smudging ritual to help bring back a feeling positivity and calm.
Each of our small Sweetgrass braids is approx 10cm in length, but being a natural product can vary slightly in size. They are hand-braided in California from long strands of natural Sweetgrass, braided into a rope-like finish and dried, ready to use.
NOTE RE SIZE: As these are a handmade natural product each braid may have a slightly size or thickness. The item you receive may look a little different from the item pictured, however all are made of the highest quality, and generally well within the size range as outlined above, if not larger.
HOW TO BURN A SWEETGRASS BRAID
Light the end of the braid by holding it in a strong flame (such as a long-handled barbecue lighter) and gently rotating the braid. Once lit, blow on the lit end to extinguish the flame. The braid will burn down as it produces its sweet smoke - there should be no flame. Gently shake the braid around your area - follow the same smudging technique that you would with sage, moving around your house or space as it burns. Take care not to drop hot ash - use an abalone shell or other heatproof container or bowl to collect the ash as it burns. Once your ritual is completed stamp the braid against the side of a non-flammable container to extinguish it. There are many rituals for smudging houses etc - more information can be found via the internet etc if you're looking for instructions towards a specific ritual.
Never leave a lit smudge stick unattended, and always take care around children or pets. Keep your braid away from moisture between uses as it if becomes damp it will be difficult to light.
WHAT IS SMUDGING?
Many native Indian tribes of the US and Canada traditionally perform a purification ritual known as 'smudging' to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies. Smudge Sticks are typically bundled wands made of bound herbs such as White Sage or Sweetgrass, used for smudging purposes - though other herbs and botanicals such as Palo Santo wood and Cedar leaves have also been used for this purpose.
WHITE SAGE has been traditionally used to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere and disperse negativity - sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. Today, it can be used to purify homes, offices or other spaces; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life. CEDAR is said to be the first tree that was created; it is believed to offer protection and attract positive energy - cedar can be placed at entrances to a home, or for extra grounding may be placed inside shoes for daily wear.