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Sweetgrass Braid

Sweetgrass Braid

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1 Braid of locally grown sweetgrass. Hand grown, collected and braided by us in Williamstown, MA. Roughly 10" long

Sweetgrass is also known as: Hierochloe odorata or Anthoxanthum nitens, buffalo grass, bison grass, holy grass, manna grass, Mary’s grass, seneca grass, vanilla grass, "wacanga" (Lakota).

Sweetgrass is found both in Europe and North America/Turtle Island. The Latin name for sweetgrass is "hierchloe odorata" which is best translated as "sacred grass." In Germany it is called "Mariengras" (Holy Mary Grass), “luktegress/háissasuoidni/hajuheinä” (Nowegian/Sámi/Finnish). 

The sweet vanilla-like fragrance due to the presence of coumarin.

North American and Northern European traditions are similar in their ceremonial usages - for the scent and for use in spirituality and prayer. 

"Sweetgrass has slightly different significance in different communities. To the Anishinaabe Nation (Woodland Indians), it is believed to be the sacred hair of O’gushnan, Mother Earth, and is often braided; with the three sections representing mind, body, and soul. Some First Nations believe the three sections of the braid represent love, kindness and honesty. The Anishinaabe People follow very sacred traditions and believe that when one takes something from the Earth - for example when sweetgrass is picked - then an explanation to the spirit about why it is being picked and how it will be used is required. The explanation is often accompanied by an offering of tobacco in return for the generosity shown by the Earth and the plant which shared itself." (reference 1)

"In the Celtic tradition, this plant was strewn upon the floor and thresholds of homes and churches to release its smell and good fortune when walking upon it." (reference 2

Photo of Norwegian scent grass braid thanks to Nordic Animism's research 

Fire burns stuff:

Fire burns things. We are not responsible for how you work with fire and sweetgrass. Don't burn anything down, Burn responsibly and supervised.

made w/ Love & Revolution

How to use

How to light your braid of sweetgrass:
Light one end of the braid by holding it in the flame and gently rotate the braid.
Blow on the lit end.
Gently shake the braid around your area.
The braid will burn by producing smoke, there should be no flame.
Be careful to not drop ash or fire on dry surfaces. Fire and ash can burn things. Never leave burning unsupervised.

To put it out:
Stamp it against the side of your non-flammable container.


You buy it, we ship it as soon as we can. (typically the following business day - we are closed on Mondays) Always within 7 days.

We use USPS only and are able to ship to the landmass currently known as the United States and Internationally via USPS International. 

Not all products can ship outside of the US. For example, no bone or animal products can ship outside of the US. 

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We are not medical professionals. We are tie-dye wearing herbalists. Only a physician can diagnose, treat, and prescribe for illness or disease.

Wild Soul River, LLC (and employees) neither diagnoses nor treats disease. Nor do we prescribe remedies. The human body has the innate power to heal itself. The role of the herbalist in this healing process is to consider the client as a whole person and to consult in collaboration with the client. 

Wild Soul River, LLC encourages and advises you to seek professional medical advice regarding any illness or disease they are suffering from. Any concerns about your health and supplementation with herbs or diet should be done in consultation with your physician and a holistic health care provider. It is your responsibility to discuss with your physician possible interactions of herbal supplements and medications. Wild Soul River, LLC does not guarantee a specific outcome or result, individual results may vary. Wild Soul River, LLC is not liable for any possible adverse reactions and side effects of the herbal supplements you decide to take. You must accept ownership and responsibility for your own health; including negative consequences and positive outcomes.  

All customers purchasing products from and Wild Soul River, LLC agree to accept full responsibility for any results experienced from using them.

Return policy

Wild Soul River upholds the highest standard of quality for each of our products. The quality of all our merchandise will meet or exceed expectations. Every effort is made to ensure your merchandise is shipped in perfect condition.

As a VERY SMALL business, we are unable to accept returns at this time.

We are not responsible for packages lost by USPS or shipping issues once the package has left the United States. We will not refund items that do not arrive due to a local shipping issue. The buyer is responsible for contacting their postal service to track down missing packages that have left the United States.

(updated 12/13/23)

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