Willows are considered sacred in many spiritual traditions. Native Americans mix Red Willow into their sacred Kinnikinnick blend, which is used as a smoking mix for the Sacred Pipe to honour the Great Spirit. Sometimes it is also used as an incense blend to give thanks to Mother Earth and to the plant Devas when collecting medicinal herbs. Red Willow may be used alone to send prayers to the Gods, to ask their forgiveness or to appeal to the thunderbird to avert a storm or to send fertilizing rain. It is commonly smoked as a sacred herb at ceremonies, festivals and sacred dances.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.