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.

COVID-19 Update

Our small family-run business is still up and running and working from home as we usually do.  We are extremely well stocked and shipping daily all over Turtle Island!

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  • Bear Grease – Creams

    24$ US

    Our 4 different creams/salves that we currently offer include:

    • Goldenseal/Infection Cream
    • Face Cream
    • Joints and Muscles Cream
    • Skin Cream

    Store in the fridge long term. Jars are 20 ml (0.7 fl-oz).

    ** CAN NOT SHIP TO USA (SORRY) **

  • Medicine Bags Kits “DIY”

    74$ US
    Our new Moose Leather Medicine Bags KITS!!
    One of the handiest things around the fire or gathering is a nice smudge kit or medicine bag.  Recently we have had several people ask if they could make it themselves….and who are we to say no!!  Our 8″ Smudge Bag Kit consists of a front and back piece of moose leather, a moose leather strap, Sinew, glovers needles AND very careful clear instructions on how to assemble your bag.  The kit also include a fan (that we make for you) and farmed abalone shell and a linen bag of Californian Buffalo/White Sage.  We also suggest several different finishing techniques so that everyone can personalize their own bag.  Making the bag is an easy project that will make a great afternoon for the family or workshop.  Our bags can even be created virtually over zoom for an Isolated Gang.
     
  • Tribal Fire Cider

    21$ US
    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.  Every ingredient is grown locally (not imported from somewhere….) and organic.
    Glass bottles are 50 ml with a dropper.  Not a fan of apple cider vinegar? You can always squirt in a glass of water and drink it.
  • White Sage

    7$ US52$ US

    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$ US14$ US

    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.

    This Sweetgrass is the very first harvest of this year.  As is the medicine at this time of year a traditional braid is made of 21 strands of fresh your sweetgrass representing the traditional beliefs.  These young braids are shorter (and less expensive) measuring about 14″.  These are rarely seen these days because the braiding of them is quite tricky.  We also have freshly harvested medium length braids of around 24″.

    Here is the story shared by our friend.

    Sweetgrass – a kindness medicine… has a sweet gentle aroma when we light it… 21 strands to make a braid… the first 7 strands represent those 7 generations behind us… our parents, grandparents… 7 generations behind us.. who we are and what we are is because of them… the next seven represent the 7 sacred teachings… love, respect, honesty, courage, wisdom, truth, and humility… the old people tell us how simple, powerful and beautiful the teachings are… love- a very simple teaching… respect- a powerful teaching… humility- a beautiful teaching… when we truly understand the teaching of humility… that I am not any better then anyone else and the last 7 strands… those 7 generation in front of us… our children, grandchildren… those children yet to be born… why are they important… everything we do to Mother Earth will one day affect them.

  • Cedar Sticks

    4$ US44$ US

    These are Canadian harvested White Cedar.  Each are carefully wrapped, and are approximately 5″ long x 1″ wide.

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

  • Mayan Copal

    17$ US31$ US

    Copal is a tree resin from the Protium Copal Tree.  Copal is 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.  We now have Pom Copal available.

  • Bear Grease

    26$ US65$ US

    ** Sorry we can not ship this to the USA.  Please do not purchase or we will have to refund.**

    Tribal Spirit Bear Grease is back in stock!! The funny thing about the little world crisis we have been living through for over a year is that is has effected the supply chain of SO many different items. Here in Quebec we have a controlled Bear hunt twice a year. BUT for the past 2 seasons travel between regions has been banned effectively shutting down the hunt….great for the bear…..bad for supply of bear grease. BUT we are right now in the middle of our Spring Hunt and there is an abundance of bear…good for bear grease.

    Bear Grease is a traditional native american medicine. Black Bears have an unusual amount of fat on their bodies because they spend summers building up energy for hibernation. Over the winter Bears survive on this energy through their fat build up. Our Bear Grease is 100% pure Bear Grease.  It contains no preservatives or any other additives and must be stored in a fridge or freezer. 

    Jars are 125ml or 314ml.

  • Rat Root

    Rat Root (Sweet Flag – Weegas)

    26$ US105$ US

    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.

  • BlueSageSticks

    Blue Sage Sticks

    4$ US44$ US

    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.

  • White Cedar Loose Leaves

    7$ US26$ US

    Cedar is generally used in smudging ceremonies for purification or cleaning.  It is one of the 4 primary medicines (Tobacco, Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar).  We gathered it locally in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.  Coming from very old growth trees cedar is understood to carry the teachings of the ancestors.

     

  • Dried Rose Petals

    Organic Rose Petals

    9$ US

    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.

  • Smudge Kits

    17$ US74$ US
    **  Fans can only be shipped within Canada. 
    In the Native American tradition every ceremony begins with smudging.  Smudging is the burning of sacred herbs such as sweetgrass, white sage, cedar etc, with the intention of purification of body and mind.
    Our Smudge Kits include:
    1 farmed Abalone shell, 1 bag of White Sage and 1 Fan (Leather wrapped, or wood)
    Each kit will include a text on smudging.
  • Smudge Kit with Moose Leather Bag

    96$ US
    Absolutely perfect for travel, rugged, attractive and you will always be ready when a good smudge is needed.  The kit includes a farmed abalone shell (we have a beautiful selection of the nicest shells we have seen in years), a jute bag of Californian White Sage, a small feather fan that attaches to the outside of the bag and one of our hand made moose leather saddle bags.
    Available in fringed style or moose antler button.
  • Abalone Shell

    17$ US

    Farmed Abalone Shell

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

  • Porcelain Smudge Bowls

    26$ US44$ US
    We designed these hand made Porcelain Smudge Bowls with our potter friend to create a better Abalone shell.  In the native community we love to use Abalone shells for smudging because their natural holes help feed the coals and the bowl is deep enough that it holds the smudge well while burning.  Our porcelain smudge bowls are designed to look JUST like abalone.  They have a rough back, holes to air the coals, smooth polished inner ‘shell’ which will not burn, peel or stain and can be washed, even in the dishwasher.  The really unique and practical thing about our ‘shells’ is that they won’t heat up while smudging.
  • White elk Medicine Pouches

    26$ US

    White Elk 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. Our little elk 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.   A bag like this is not “magic”, it does not turn you into superman, but when you wear it you know that you are trying to live in a sacred manner!!  Finished with a deer antler button.

  • Ceremony Tool Bag “DIY”

    70$ US
    Introducing our new quarantine project or Zoom workshop bag.  This DIY deer leather bag is designed with an inner pocket intended to carry your spiritual tools.  Perfect as a pipe bag, tobacco/sage bag, drum stick bag, rattle bag or bundle bag.  This over the shoulder bag lends to tons of creativity to make it your own.  Each bag, when sewn is 8” wide and approx 18” in length, but if your preference is shorter than you can easily modify it and have more flap.
    We have a wide range of colour options but inventory is always changing.  When checking out please tell us your top 3 colour preferences in the “order notes”.  Straps are always black or dark brown.  (Drumsticks not included… lol )
  • Tribal Eye Pads

    26$ US28$ US

    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.

  • Deer Medicine Pouches

    17$ US22$ US

    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.