Our popular Algonquin Bundle includes 10 stems each of four different species. These four species are of medicinal, spiritual and/or practical significance to the Algonquin people. Included are 4 bundles of 10 each of:
Red Osier Dogwood - (min. 30-60 cm) Used as an astringent and tonic, both internally and externally to treat intestinal and skin problems. Used to relieve cold symptoms and fever. Can be used as a decoration or woven for baskets.
Black Elderberry – (15 cm+) 1-3m tall – wet to moist low ground sites, tolerates some shade – 6’ x 6’, best in full sunlight – flowers, ripe fruit edible/ bark, roots, stems, leaves, unripe berries toxic (said to cause cyanide poisoning, severe diarrhea) Bark is used to treat headaches, fever, skin problems such as eczema, laxative and poultice for cuts. Used to treat burns and bruises, and to stop bleeding.
White Cedar One of the four sacred medicines of the Anishinaabeg people. Used to treat headaches, colds, arthritis, congestion, swollen feet and burns. Contains antiseptic and anti-viral qualities.
Tamarack - (min. 20 cm +) Tamarack comes for the Indigenous word meaning "wood for snowshoes" but it was also used by Indigenous people for such things as sewing the edges of canoes, poles and arrows. Its brilliant fall yellow makes it an attractive addition to any property. While tolerant of a wide variety of soils, the Tamarack prefers to be located in some sunshine. Its tiny cones last throughout the winter but unlike other coniferous trees, it sheds its needles in the fall.