If you happen to have access to sweet grass (or any kind of pretty grass really) this is what the internet told me to do:
- Rubber-band the base of your grass to secure it into bunches.
- Separate into three pieces.
- Braid, just like you would with hair.
- Rubber-band the end.
- Cut at the base.
- Wait until they dry and enjoy the sweet smell in the process!
And that was pretty much it!
I am already enjoying their sweet smell in the house but will have to wait until they dry out to use for smudging. If that's a totally foreign term to you, here's what the internet has to say about it!
Using a sweet grass braid for smudging:
Tribal cultures and religions around the world often use specific herbs to promote positive intentions, send prayers and cast out unwanted energy. One common ceremony is called smudging or censing (incensing). During this ceremony one or more herbs are burned to produce smoke that is wafted over an object, person or a physical space.
In North America, three commonly used native herbs for smudging are White Sage, Incense Cedar, and Sweetgrass. Sweetgrass is often braided and dried to create long Sweetgrass braids. The smoke from this braid is used to facilitate prayers, encourage healing, and to bestow blessings and honor. Its pleasing aromas create a feeling of well-being, peace and comfort.
Even though I didn't end up harvesting seed, I did use my failure as a lesson, learning more about the the significance of sweet grass braids and the ritual of smudging. I'll take it.
And who knows, maybe next year I'll finally get that seed.