Category: Plant Medicine

Sacred Medicines: Tobacco

 

In the Native tradition, every plant and every creature is sacred. And the Great Spirit has given humans all these things to nourish our spirits, feed and heal our bodies, and teach us the lessons of creation.

Tobacco is the most sacred of plants for it is this dear brother who has given his very life for us to use in communicating with the Great Spirit. When we are in prayer, in ceremony, or healing times, tobacco carries the words from our hearts and minds to the Great Spirit through his sacred smoke.

Tobacco-Tie-768x555When we visit a healer or ask an Elder for guidance, we are prepared with an offering of tobacco. This tobacco can be a great gift of loose tobacco  for the sacred pipe, a tobacco tie, or even a cigarette if our means are humble.

It is the intent and sincerity of our hearts that the tobacco knows when we offer him to our healers and use in our own prayers in a sacred way.

 

Plant Meds: Sacred Cedar

I have been working some medicine for a 3rd Chakra skin imbalance, and in my search for the right medicine, learned a lot about some of Mother Earth’s finest plant gifts to us – lavender, peppermint, coconut oil, cider vinegar, aloe vera – and one of the Medicine Wheel Four: Our Lady Cedar.

 

My teacher, Pete Keshane (a Traditional Healer from Saskatchewan who heals and teaches with Anishnawbe Health, Toronto’s Indigenous Healing Center), has given me several lessons about Cedar and some of his other medicines. Continue reading “Plant Meds: Sacred Cedar”