Traditional Medicines

Joywind and Robert have been on the ’trail’ in one form or other for about 25 years.  We cherish our traditional medicines.  We believe in gathering, harvesting, preserving and sharing.  We have chosen to eat almost 100% organic or wild foods.  We share these traditional medicines carefully.  Medicines are very important to the people and aren’t always accessible in the moments when we need them.

In fact ailments generally don’t happen when we are prepared to cure them….Also more of the Indigenous community live in urban environments and aren’t always able to gather all the medicines themselves.  But that doesn’t mean they are not allowed to have them….Harvested with respect and honour…the medicines belong to all the people and one of the things we do is share them.  Tribal Spirit carefully source or trade with people who have the heart and care to carry the medicines and we honour the effort and work it requires to maintain the traditional medicines.  We live in Canada and ship all over Turtle Island (except where noted: Bear products, Feathers and some wild furs) everything else is good to ship.

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  • Leather Medicine Pouches

    40$ Canadian75$ Canadian
    Bear Leather Pouches:
    Our new Medicine Pouches are all one of a kind measuring 2” x 3” approx. Which we fill with the traditional medicines of the four directions.  They can be worn around the neck or tied to a belt loop.
    WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SHIP OUTSIDE OF CANADA!!  Please do not purchase if you live outside of Canada or we will have to refund.  Sorry…
    White Deer Leather Pouches:

    White Deer Leather Medicine Pouches with medicines of the four directions.  Wearing a medicine bag which contains symbols of who you are is a good way to keep the sacred with you all the time, as well as reminding yourself of who you are.

  • White (Buffalo) Sage

    8$ Canadian60$ Canadian

    White sage or Buffalo sage is used in ceremony to purify or clean.  Most gatherings, ceremonies or sweats will begin with a smudging and mostly involving sage.  There are many different kinds of sage used in the community and our favourite is this White sage.  A small leaf will light very easily, blow out the flame, and will continue to smoke until it burns out.  Check out our fans or smudge kits as people will often use a fan to waft the smoke.  Available in loose leaf or as a tied sage stick.

  • Sweetgrass

    9$ Canadian18$ Canadian

    Sweetgrass is one of the most important Traditional Medicines.  We are very picky about where we get our sweetgrass.  Some growths of sweetgrass are in crisis because of over picking or harvesting by pulling out the root.  We are working with a family who harvest sweetgrass, with ceremony and pluck the grass without pulling the root.

    (Price is per Braid)  (Available is Loose Form As well)

     

  • Bear Root- Osha

    50$ Canadian100$ Canadian

    We are very excited to be able to offer Bear Root.  One of the most important Native traditional medicines.

    Bear Root or Osha Root is traditionally used in herbal medicine to treat symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as the common cold and bronchitis. Osha Root is also known to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Traditionally, Osha is taken as a tea, or eaten raw, or sometimes used as a smudge.  Osha is also VERY popular among Powwow singers cuz nothing soothes an over worked throat after a weekend singing better than Osha.  Singers will bite off a bit of root and stick it up under your lip and then just sucking/chewing on it will seriously ease a soar throat.  Our Osha is Native harvested in the Rocky Mountains.  In the picture with the pair of scissors the pile of root on left is 4 ounces and pile on right is 2 ounces.

  • Rat Root

    Rat Root (Sweet Flag – Weegas)

    30$ Canadian120$ Canadian

    Rat Root (also called sweet flag, wikkaii or weegas).  This Manitoba-harvested species (Acorus americanus) is free of the carcinogenic that is found in the root imported from India and Asia.

    Within the Native American community Rat Root has a pain relieving effect and was effective in fighting off colds, coughs, upset stomachs and fevers.  It gets its name because muskrats like to chew on these roots.  Can be chewed on when you feel a cold coming on.   A poultice of the crushed root is used externally to help with muscle cramps.

    Not to be used by pregnant women.    Shipping within Canada Only.

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    Western Red Cedar Loose Leaves

    12$ Canadian48$ Canadian

    Western Red Cedar Loose Leaves

    Cuz we gotcha covered….we have been reaching out for this connection for a long time.  We have started working with a young Indigenous woman who is harvesting and drying this Red Cedar leaves from the Great Bear Rain Forest in a good way and sacred way.  Cedar is generally used in smudging ceremonies for purification or cleansing.  It is one of the 4 primary medicines (Tobacco, Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar).   Coming from very old growth trees cedar is understood to carry the teachings of the ancestors.  Packaged neatly in a linen bag with drawstrings as closure.

  • Large White Sage Sticks

    14$ Canadian

    White Sage is all about cleansing and purifying.  Need a good mood tune up? or house cleansing? reach for the Sage.  Before all ceremonies sage is used to clean the spirit and energy.  These sticks are huge 9″ long, made with big full leaves.  The cool part with using a stick is that you can light it and then simply stamp it out on a shell or piece of wood for the next time.  Nice and efficient.

  • Deer Medicine Pouches

    20$ Canadian25$ Canadian

    Deer Leather Medicine Pouches with Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar and Tobacco.

    Wearing a medicine bag which contains symbols of who you are is a good way to keep the sacred with you all the time, as well as reminding yourself of who you are. Our little deer leather pouches like these can be worn around your neck or belt loop and can become quite important to you as symbols of your deeper self.  We have included medicines of the four directions and feel free to add items that speak to you.

  • Cedar Sticks

    5$ Canadian50$ Canadian

    These are Northern California Cedar sticks wrapped with some white sage for good measure.  Each are carefully wrapped, and are approximately 4″ long x 1″ wide.

    Available as a Single Stick, a pack of 6 or pack of 12.

  • Tribal Fire Cider

    35$ Canadian
    Fire Cider is a tincture made with locally sourced organic mixture of garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, horseradish and thyme in an apple cider base.
    In our house Fire Cider is a mandatory part of our fall/winter cold/flu prevention treatment…..and at any sign of a sniffle or tickle in the throat the entire family goes straight to the Fire Cider several times a day for a system boost.
    Thinking ahead to the flu & cold season we asked our Herbalist if she would prepare a monster batch of Fire Cider for Tribal Spirit.  It takes an entire growing season to plant, grow and harvest the ingredients enough to make a big batch.  Our thought was that we wanted to be able to offer something so vital to our customers/friends.  Our Herbalist is extremely dedicated and diligent in her work.  Every ingredient is grown locally (not imported from somewhere….) and organic.
    Glass bottles are 50 ml with a dropper.  
  • Dried Rose Petals

    Organic Rose Petals

    10$ Canadian

    From our teachings, Rose petals are of the direction of the north bringing wisdom into our lives.  A very cool part of a smudging ceremony, these rose petals are fragrant and inspiring.

    One ounce of dried rose petals packed in a 6″x6″ ziploc bag.

    Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container.

  • BlueSageSticks

    Blue Sage Sticks

    5$ Canadian50$ Canadian

    These Blue Sage sticks are harvested and wrapped in the USA.  Each are carefully wrapped, and are approximately 4.5″ long x 1″ wide.

    Available as a Single Stick, a pack of 6 or pack of 12.

  • Holiday Cards

    18$ Canadian30$ Canadian

    We, here at Tribal Spirit unabashedly like the holiday season.  We live in a winter wonderland, love the lights, love the music.  We’re trying to start a resurgence of card sending, or at least inspire you to get a few cards to make your favourite NDNs giggle when they open it.

    Available in 6 or 12 packs (with envelopes included) – 5″ x 7″ premium matte finish – Blank interior.

  • Tribal eGift Cards

    50$ Canadian500$ Canadian

    Introducing Tribal Spirit eGift Cards.  Cuz you asked for it and we listen!!   Offer your loved ones the Tribal choice.  SO the way this works…is that you select the amount you wish to offer and in the ORDER NOTES please include your loved one’s name and address.  We will mail them one of our Holiday Cards with a note from you with the amount of the egift card.  Once your loved one receives the card they can email us or phone us and we will honour your gift.  And we will take very good care of them!!  SO please don’t forget to include their name and address.

  • “DYI” Deer Medicine Pouches

    20$ Canadian

    Are you looking for a great team building project?  A Hand sewn Medicine Pouch is a great option because it can be crafted by a child or masterfully crafted by a very experienced adult.  There is a wide range of creative expression possible while making a medicine pouch.

    Our kits include a mixture of 4 medicines (white, sage, sweetgrass, organic tobacco and cedar).  The kit includes the 2 sides of the leather pouch (to be sewn, including a diagram of a stitching pattern we would recommend), one glovers needle (size # 6), Sinew enough to sew the pouch, holes punched so that you can thread the lacing and a long strip of deer lacing.
  • Black Bear Skulls

    85$ Canadian115$ Canadian

    Black Friday: Black Bear Skull Special….(I know that sounds a little over the top…but I couldn’t resist…)  Once again….you asked for it, we do our best to supply.  These are all from the Quebec registered spring Bear Hunt.  The meat was eaten but the heads/skulls were to be discarded.  This past summer we put these skulls out in the forest in a large metal barrel…..the little carnivores and multi legged ones cleaned them all up.  We decided not to bleach them because we personally like the residual bleach smell.  There is a very slight odour to these skulls but only if you put it right to your nose.  All of these skulls have their major teeth with some small teeth missing.  Two options Skulls with jaws and some without jaws.

    We are offering this with respect and understand Bear Medicine.

    We can not ship these to USA please don’t order, we will have to refund.

  • Maple Sugar

    10$ Canadian20$ Canadian

    We have a travelling friend who drops by once a year and we trade stuff…..he makes the best freakin Maple Sugar we have ever tasted.  It is made over a wood fired boiler and using the very last of the maples sap of the year (which is the most caramel-y of the sap run) brought to a very high temperature and paddled stirred until it dries.  Then is crushed to a fine powder.  The result a woody, slightly smoked powered touch of bliss.  Really seriously bliss.  We are including this in the Tribal Medicine category….cuz a teaspoon of this Maple Sugar definitely makes the medicine go down….

  • Maple Syrup

    9$ Canadian

    As everyone knows Quebec produces 80% of the most amazing Maple Syrup in the world.  Every person in Quebec is born gifted with a sugar tooth Connoisseur palate for maple syrup.  Our favourite is a wonderful  fine amber syrup certified organic boiled by friends (non-Indigenous) who live near Mont Tremblant.  Each year we buy quite a stock to supply us and our entire team.  As we approach spring (yup it is coming) we have an abundance so we thought we would share our Maple Syrup stock with those who have not.  Trust me, it will be the best you have ever tasted!!

  • Mayan Copal

    35$ Canadian120$ Canadian

    Copal Maya “Pom” 

    Copal is a tree resin from the Protium Copal Tree.  The word copal comes from the Nahuatl language (copalli = incense)  Our Mayan Pom Copal is Indigenous harvested in Yajalon, Chiapas Mexico.  It has a woody/evergreen odour that creates a distinctive holiday vibe.  You can burn our copal by putting a small piece of lit wood coal in a shell and place a pinch of copal on the red coal.  Or you can also just light a small piece of copal with a lighter.  The resin will catch fire….and you can blow it out…and a light smoke will share the blessing.  

    Copal is also used in ceremonies, it is burned as a medicine for cleansing energies, the home, crystals and oneself. The medicine of copal helps oneself to release/relax and open the mind and body.    This copal came to us in form of a trade.  

  • Abalone Shell

    20$ Canadian

    Farmed Abalone Shell

    Approximately size – 6″ x 5″ x 2″ deep

  • Tribal Eye Pads

    30$ Canadian32$ Canadian

    For relaxation, twitching eyes and insomnia eye pads are a remarkably simple healing tool.

    When you wake up in the middle of the night and the brain just won’t shut down place your eye pad over your eyes, take a deep breath and relax.  Filled with lavender (natural soothing herb) and flaxseed the mild weight on the eyes brings a level of calm that is so simple and yet very effective.   We made two styles, Deer leather and a Tribal cotton print.