Health isn't just about your physical well-being. It also includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.

 For a person to be truly healthy, all aspects must be taken care of. This holistic approach has long been a part of many Indigenous philosophies, although this method is still not part of Western medical science and healthcare.

But as we see more Indigenous doctors, health care professionals and healers enter the field, so too do we see the return of the medicine wheel.

Sweetgrass is the sacred hair of Mother Earth. Its sweet aroma reminds our people of the gentleness, love and kindness she has for the people. When sweetgrass is used in a healing circle it has a calming effect. Like sage and cedar, sweetgrass is used for smudging and purification.

Like Sage and Sweet grass, cedar is used to purify the home, it also has many restorative medicinal use. When mixed with sage for a tea, it cleans the body of all infections, cedar baths are also very healing.

Cedar is used in sweat lodge and fasting ceremonies for protection, cedar branches cover the floor of many sweat lodges and some people make a circle of cedar when they are fasting. It is a guardian spirit and chases away the bad spirits.

Indigenous healing practices: The four sacred medicines

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