Hierochloe odorata (Sweetgrass)

Grass, Braids, Large from United States (SKU 4216)

Wonderfully fragrant braided Buffalo Grass from Oregon, United States. The name comes from the Greek "Hieros", meaning sacred, and "Chloë", meaning grass or holy-grass. Each braid weighs approximately 20 - 25 gram and is 65 - 80 cm long.

Sweetgrass is a circumboreal plant from the Poaceae (Grass family) which is common above 40 degrees north latitude in Asia, Europe, and North America (Walsh 1994). It can be found growing wild in wet meadows, low prairies, the edges of sloughs and marshes, bogs, shaded streambanks, lakeshores, and cool mountain canyons. Sweetgrass is a very hardy perennial. It grows to about 60 cm in height, leaves grow 60 cm long by late summer. Base of leaves, just below soil surface is broad and white, without hairs, underside of leaves are shiny, no hairs. Sweetgrass rhizomes and roots form a dense mat beneath the soil surface (Walsh 1994).

It has a sweet, long-lasting aroma that is even stronger when the grass has been harvested and dried and is then moistened or burned. Sweetgrass is burnt after smudging with Sage (Salvia apiana), to welcome in good influences after the bad has been driven out.

This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.

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