Sweetgrass holds similar properties to Sage, being used as a purifier of places, people and objects to dispel old and negative vibes and encourage positive energy. It is believed that when Sweetgrass is burned, a prayer is sent to heaven on the smoke. Its properties make is ideal for using in quiet moments of contemplation, as well as when wanting to create an air of purification. It is however best used after Sage smudging rather than in place of as Sage will cleanse the more heavy energies, the Sweetgrass acting as more of an ‘up-lifter’ of the energy in your space.
HOW TO BURN SWEETGRASS
What you will need:
Multi-Purpose Lighter (also known as a “clicker” or candle lighter): If you try to do this with a small lighter, you may burn your hand as this requires a strong flame.
How to properly light your braid of sweetgrass:
Cut off the end of the braid. You want to cut off the end that is a little more dried out and has less green in it.
Please place the cut off end somewhere outside, don’t just throw it away (its a special plant).
Light the cut end of the braid by holding it in the flame and gently rotating 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.
…and that’s how you get your wacanga going.
To put it out:
Stamp it against the side of your non-flammable container.
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