Sweetgrass is considered a special plant in many native traditions, used in ceremonies as a fumitory offering. The scent is sweet and pleasing, like fresh cut grass & vanilla cookies. It's said to draw in positive energies; to help guide intentions into fulfillment. The three strands in a traditional sweet grass braid are said to represent love, kindness and honestly.
Since sweetgrass is a sacred plant of many indigenous North American people I have taken great care in navigating the cultural appropriation of this plant.
It first came into my life as a little tuff, divided out from a larger patch, in a time of transition when I needed sweetness most. Where I felt called to plant it's roots the little grass bundle flourished. It wasn't an area you would typically find sweetgrass, but the little microclimate of that spot and the love needed by the disturbed soil ended up just right.
Through working with Sweetgrass I found my harvest song again and remained patient and kind while navigating a new life. Eventually I learned that if not harvested the grass crowds itself out; it's a plant that thrives off tending from other creatures. It was a hard at first being as I don't typically harvest the plants I'm tending for proliferation of their kind. I had to trust this was actually best for the plant. The harvested grass I received in return was so dear. Through tending the Sweetgrass it taught me lessons in reciprocity that carried over into other parts of my life.
I began working with the harvested plant, gifting bits to friends, gorilla gardening little patches, finding ways to carry its spirit & essence with me. Eventually I felt the need to discuss my use with indigenous folk, who's responses all centered around the need to protect and promote the species which has greatly declined in population, much from development of land by humans.
As I feel hesitant about selling Sweetgrass, even more so than I feel about every other herb in this shop, the reciprocity this plant has taught let me know this is ok as long as the money gained is going back into the plant sanctuary and the education around this plant and many other natives plants that are being wiped out due to capitalism and to support the work of Native American people.
We all must learn how to strengthen our connection within nature, to consider the plants as living being, to live in reciprocity.
Read more about nature & reciprocity in the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I found this book after beginning my work with Sweetgrass and it truly put words to my feelings.
Use this spray as an offering before intention setting, energetic medicine to promote raw kindness to yourself and others as well as from others, attract positive people and experiences into your life, call in the good spirits or for the satisfaction of its sweet smell on the body. I use it remain soft & kind in a world that can turn one bitter with the current state of things.
Steam distilled hydrosol of organic Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata)
Hydrosols are versatile and safe medicine. Spray a few spritz on your face and body for toning and refreshing. Try it in your hair or on a pillow. It makes a great spray for your environment, rather it be a workplace or home space. Hydrosols can cleanse and change the energy in the area without the smoke of incense. Many of the products are safe to consume; try spritzing a cup of water or a fun cocktail. Anyway you use them hydrosols will bestow the spirit of the plant into the surroundings, helping you connect with it's essence and energy.
Each bottle comes with suggested use.
The shelf life will be on your bottle - "1-2 years from [date bottled]" the gap in time here is pretty big, but that's because it depends on how it's taken care of.
Care Tips: keep in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Do not leave in your car or the freezer, however the fridge will greatly increase the shelf life while providing an extra refreshing spray! Avoid opening the cap often to keep oxygen and contaminates out. Keep somewhere you'll remember to use it!
We suggest using the medicine in 6 months-1yr. Why? We don't use chemical preservatives and plant medicine can degrade over time. Skin care should be treated like food, used fresh and whole. So use it up, #treatyoself!
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