Sweetgrass: Spiritual Meaning, Uses & Benefits

Sweetgrass: Spiritual Meaning, Uses & Benefits
Everything you need to know about the plant Sweetgrass.

Plant history

In Northern Europe, sweet grass was laid on the ground in front of churches on Saints' days so the sweet fragrance would be released when people walked inside. Among Native Americans, sweet grass has a long tradition of use in sacred rituals as a “smudging” herb and is still widely used for that purpose today

Plant Identification

  • Origin: North America and Eurasia
  • Growth: The plant grows to a height of about 24 inches with long, scented stalks hiding shiny undersides.
  • Plant family: Poaceae
  • Scent: Vanilla-like fragrance
  • Colour: Bright green leaves and has a distinctively reddish colour at their base
  • Harvesting: Usually sweetgrass is harvested in the summer during the growing season, they can be harvested once or twice a year. The foliage is very relaxed. It will be necessary to carefully lift the leaves and cut the stems close to the ground (leave 1–2 inches of plant stem).
  • Endangered: Sweetgrass is listed as an endangered species in three states

     in the eastern region of the United States and has restricted distribution in areas of the western the United States.



Sweetgrass has proven to be a sacred, powerful plant believed by many to dispel negative energy, elicit emotional strength and engage our minds and senses.

It symbolises healing, peace, and spirituality in many Native cultures, and braids of sweetgrass are sometimes left as offerings at graves and sacred sites.
Sweetgrass represents positivity, strength, connection to the Creator and all our relations. it represents the Mother, our mother, Mother Earth. 
Sweetgrass is a ceremonial plant and offers purification in the home and sacred space. If you place or grow sweetgrass in your home or garden it is an energy for luck and protection; it can also be hung or placed in your car. If you are looking for spiritual or physical protection you can cleanse or carry sweetgrass with you. It amplifies positive energy to your aura and space. Sweetgrass is used to smudge, the smoke from the sweetgrass is performed at the beginning or during healings.


  • Sweetgrass is connected to the element of Water.
  • Associated with the Zodiac sign Taurus.


Sweetgrass has many wonderful attributes for medicinal purposes. You can brew sweetgrass as a tea to cleanse yourself; The tea is effective for soothing sore throat and provides relief from cough. It is well known for treating cold and flu; for centuries in Native Indian traditions they would inhale the smoke from burning to release nose congestion. Used for minor wounds and infections; including chapped skin.

Sweet grass is used by tribal people of North America to stop bleeding in uterus and to expel placenta after childbirth. The infusion made from this herb is helpful for those who suffered miscarriage.

In an essential oil form, you can burn this amazing sacred plant for relaxation, mind clearance and meditation. It makes us feel calm and aids concentration. You can use sweetgrass oil or raw form to repel against insects.  

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