Since our Algonquin bundle debuted last year we have added one additional species to the mix and increased the bundle size to 10 stems (from 8 previously) of each species. These four species are of medicinal, spiritual and/or practical significance to the Algonquin people. Included are 4 bundles of 10 each of:
Sweetgale - (min. 12 cm)Leaves used as a smudge to keep insects away. Can be used to treat fevers, itching and lung and liver ailments. Potent antioxidant and contains anti-viral qualities.
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.
White Cedar - (Minimum size 16 cm)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.