Sweetgrass is a fragrant grass with long, satiny leaves. Also known as vanillagrass, mannagrass and holy grass, it is well known to many Indigenous people in Canada as a material for baskets, as well as a scent, medicine and for a smudge ceremony. Mi’kmaq people gather it in summer and fall.
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When burned the smoke is believed to purify thoughts, the environment and to eliminate bad or negative thoughts.