Sweet Grass Used In Smudging, Prayers, & Purifying
The Latin name for sweetgrass is "hierchloe odorata" which translates literally as "sacred grass" and is found both in the Old World and the New.
Many Native tribes in North America use sweetgrass in prayer, smudging or purifying ceremonies and consider it a sacred plant. It is usually braided, dried, and burned. Sweetgrass braids smolder and doesn't produce an open flame when burned. Just as the sweet scent of this natural grass is attractive and pleasing to people, so is it attractive to good spirits. Sweetgrass is often burned at the beginning of a prayer or ceremony to attract positive energies.