Wholesale Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass is widely used by native peoples, especially in groups of the great plains, as incense in holy ceremonies. It is braided and lit or placed on hot coals and burned as an offering during many gatherings and activities. It is used for purification. When participants in a ceremony undertook a prolonged fast, sweetgrass could be chewed to prolong their endurance. Sweetgrass is mixed with tobacco and smoked during some ceremonies. 

Sweetgrass is also used as medicine, because it is considered holy. Sweetgrass tea is used to help relieve coughing, vomiting, sore throats and bleeding, and to help a woman expel afterbirth. Externally, it can be used to treat sore eyes, saddle sores and chapped skin, to keep hair from falling out, and to purify a woman after she gave birth. The smoke of burning sweetgrass is inhaled to stop nosebleeds and to relieve colds. The sweet smell of this grass comes from coumarin, a chemical that also acts as a potent anticoagulant. In homes, the sweetgrass is sewn into clothing or placed with stored items as a natural sachet. Because of its long spreading rhizomes, sweetgrass stabilizes loose soil on slopes. Often it is found on roadsides and in other disturbed areas of our area.

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