Sweetgrass is in the South and connected to Mother Earth. It has a shiny and beautiful side as well as a plain side, representative of youth. When sweetgrass is braided, it cannot be pulled apart. Likewise when your body, mind and spirit are solidly connected, you will be full and strong in your personal life. Red is the colour, summer is the season and youth is the stage of life.
This medicine represents friendship and kindness. It is all known as the “hair of mother earth.” Sweetgrass is very sweet smelling and can also be used as a smudge to purify the air or oneself. When sweetgrass is burned, it has a calming effect. The three braids represent mind, body, and spirit.