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.

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  • Bear Grease

    40$ Canadian80$ Canadian

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

    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. 


  • 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.

  • White 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.

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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.

  • Bear Leather Medicine Pouches

    75$ Canadian
    Bear Leather Medicine Pouches with Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar and Tobacco
    Every once in a while in the tanning game, accidents happen…We sent 30 odd bear hides off to the tannery intended for rawhide for drums…but we received back from the tannery gold/tan Bear Leather!!!  Amazing accident!!  (the leather is not for sale, we are going to make a bunch of great stuff with them). SO introducing something that will absolutely be a limited item; Bear leather pouches with bear fur and a bear claw closure.  Bear leather is really unique.  Extremely soft with hundreds of visible pores from their hair in geometric patterns.
    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…
  • 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.

  • Four Directions Smudge Kit

    75$ Canadian
    In Native teachings we call in the directions of East, South, West & North and all of our lessons are brought to us from the directions.   The Four Directions also bring us four medicines that represent each directions.  Semah, Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass.   We wanted of offer a kit that had all the four medicines included…ready to go!!  Each Smudge Kit includes a linen bag of organic leaf semah, a linen bag of cedar, a linen bag of loose white sage and a braid of sweetgrass, as well as a large abalone shell and a small fan.  The kit comes in a 10″ x 14″ large linen bag that has a tie to keep everything safe inside.

    **  Feather fans can only be shipped within Canada.  For our USA customers we are now offering just our most amazing Abalone Shells and Extra Sage (NO feather fan). 

    PLEASE NOTE the Abalone Shell and Sage options will NOT include a fan or linen bag. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

    These braids were freshly harvested in June 2022.  We only have small braids at the moment with more coming as the grass grows longer.  (Price is per Braid)


  • British Columbia Harvested Mullein

    8$ Canadian

    Mullein Leaf is a plant we have always kept in our ‘medicine tool chest”.  Great for lungs and breathing ailments we have used it for year to relax the lungs during bouts of asthma.  Mullein was also our ‘go to’ during a recent bout with covid.  Mixed with a bit of lemon and honey we really really appreciated our mullein tea.  It is important to stain a mullein tea through a coffee filter or very fine tea strainer and the very fine hairs on a mullein leaf can irritate the throat when swallowed.

  • Devil’s Club Root Bark

    15$ Canadian

    Devils Club Root Bark is considered one of the most powerful and important of all medicinal plants.  It is most effective in treating phlegm related to colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and the newest kid in town, covid.  It has also been used to treat diabetes as it help regulate blood sugar levels.  This bark was harvest in early spring when it is at it’s most potent stage, just before the plant shoots out the buds.  We are offering this by the ounce.

  • 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 5″ long x 1″ wide.

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

  • White Sage Smudge Kits

    20$ Canadian85$ Canadian
    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 and a 10″ x 12″ Linen Bag

    **  Feather fans can only be shipped within Canada.  For our USA customers we are now offering just our most amazing Abalone Shells and Extra Sage (NO feather fan). 

    PLEASE NOTE the Abalone Shell and Sage options will NOT include a fan or linen bag. 

  • Bear Grease – Creams

    28$ Canadian

    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).


  • Tribal Fire Cider

    26$ 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.  Last year when ‘life as we know it shifted’ our entire crew started a full regiment of Vitamins C and D and Fire Cider to boost up everyones inner strength.
    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.

  • Smudge Kit with Tribal Spirit Moose Leather Bag

    110$ Canadian
    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.
  • 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!!

  • Myrrh

    20$ Canadian120$ Canadian


  • 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

  • Porcelain Smudge Bowls

    35$ Canadian60$ Canadian
    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.
  • 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.