Sweetgrass has many ceremonial uses among various Indian tribes. Its smoke is used for prayer, cleansing and creating a healing atmosphere. White sage is first burned to drive away any negative forces, then sweetgrass is burned to summon positive ones.
It is frequently used in Sweat Lodge ceremonies, tied to traditional bustles and used as a sachet for clothing. Sometimes known as Marsh Hay, and in Lakota it is called Sink'pe tawota. It is often used in conjunction with white sage.
Many Native tribes in North America use sweetgrass in prayer, smudging or purifying ceremonies. It a sacred plant. It is usually braided, dried, and burned. Sweetgrass braids smolder and don't produce an open flame when burned. It is said to attract good spirits. Sweetgrass is often burned at the beginning of a prayer, ritual or ceremony to attract positive energies.
Sweetgrass is used to "smudge". This involves fanning the smoke from burning sweetgrass on people, objects or areas. Sweetgrass is one of the four medicines which comprise a group of healing plants used by the people in Anishinabe, Bode'wad mi, and Odawa societies.
This sweetgrass smudge is 18 inches long.