Description: One of 15 species of the genus, Sweetgrass is a fragrant perennial grass which grows in damp areas of the northern hemisphere.
Sweet grass is treasured by the Sioux, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Lakota and other native American peoples and associate the scented grass with the compassionate creation goddess Wohpe. Sweetgrass braids are often hung over doorways inside a home to invite positive spirits. It's often used to weave baskets and incense ropes.
In Europe, sweetgrass is held sacred of the Virgin, used as a strewing herb on church stairways during saint days, and to scent clothes during festivals.
Sweetgrass is easy to grow yourself and invokes the spirit of Spring.
Synonyms: Holy grass, vanilla grass, Seneca grass
Origin: North America and Europe
Parts Used: dried leaves
Aroma Description: strong pleasant vanilla, newly-mown hay scent, with a slight hint of coconut
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy; excellent fixative properties
Culinary Uses: leaves are added to vodka for flavoring (zubrowka), oil is used to flavor candy, soft drinks, and tobacco. Due to its high content of coumarin, it's prohibited by the US FDA and other countries for use in foods and permitted only in alcoholic beverages and tobacco
Medicinal Attributes: none known
Element Association: Water
Astrological Association: Libra
Planetary Association: Moon, Venus
Aromatic Note: Middle to Top note
Essential Oil: Yes, a steam distilled essential oil is made from the leaves
Mixes Well With: often used by itself, lighting one end, gently fanning out the flame and enjoying its pleasant aroma. Also blends well with benzoin, cedar, copal-black, copal-gold, copal-white, juniper, lavender, sage-white, sage-desert, tolu balsam, vanilla, etc.
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