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 – April 2021

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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  • Sage sticks

    Mini Blue Sage Sticks

    12$ US22$ US

    Mini Blue sage sticks.

    Stick length – 3″ – Diameter – 3/4″

  • Rat Root

    Rat Root (Sweet Flag – Weegas)

    24$ US94$ 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.

  • White Sage

    4$ US47$ 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.

  • Tribal Fire Cider

    19$ 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.
  • Copal

    13$ US25$ 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 relase/relax and open the mind and body.  This copal came to us in form of a trade.

  • Ceremony Tool Bag “DIY”

    63$ 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.
  • Bear Grease – Creams

    22$ 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).

  • Sale!

    Medicine Bags Kits “DIY”

    67$ US 53$ US
    Our pre-made kit includes a Moose Bag that we make, and a farmed abalone shell, sage and a small feather fan.  So, our new 8″ Smudge Bag Kit consists of a front and back piece of leather (to be hand sewn together to create the bag), a moose leather strap (to be sewn into the side of the bag), 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.  Making the bag is an easy project that will make a great afternoon for the family or workshop.
  • Smudge Kits

    16$ US59$ 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.
  • Deer Medicine Pouches

    12$ US16$ 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.

  • Dried Rose Petals

    Organic Rose Petals

    8$ 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.

  • Bear Leather Satchel

    98$ US

    We live in Quebec, where there is a legal black bear hunt for food in the spring and fall.  Generally the hides are discarded but we have developed a system to recuperate them and process into rawhide for drums.  BUT last season our tannery accidentally processed them into gold leather….AMAZING accident.  Bear leather is extremely unique, the pores are very visible and create patterns in the skin.  Our satchels are 5″ at the top and 9″ long.  Strap is black moose leather and the flap is fastened with a lacing on a deer antler button.

  • Smudge Kit with Moose Leather Bag

    75$ 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

    16$ US

    Farmed Abalone Shell

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

  • Cedar Sticks

    4$ US39$ 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.

  • Porcelain Smudge Bowls

    24$ US39$ 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 Cedar Loose Leaves

    6$ US24$ 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.

     

  • Maple Sugar Nuggets

    4$ US

    This sugar is Native-made by a friend of ours.  He gathers and boils maple sap every year and with some of his syrup makes raw sugar.  He also boils over an open fire, the old fashioned way, so this sugar has a wonderful smokey maple flavour.  A touch of this sugar in your coffee is pure magic and simply popping a nugget into your mouth will bring a smile to your face and a spring in your step.   Each bag contains 2.5 oz (71g)

  • Bear Leather Medicine Pouches

    35$ US
    Our Bear Leather Medicine Pouches are all one of a kind measuring 2” x 3” approximately with bear fur and a bear claw closure. They are filled with the traditional medicines of the four directions; Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar and Tobacco.  They can be worn around the neck or ties to a belt loop.
    WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SHIP OUTSIDE OF CANADA!!  Sorry…
  • White Moose Medicine Pouches

    24$ US

    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 moose 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.

  • Tribal Eye Pads

    24$ US25$ 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.