This week, Nak'azdli hosted a 3 day workshop called "Own Your Health." One of the classes was about herbal medicines. I got to go to two of the three days and I was so glad I did! On Thursday, we loaded into a van and drove up to the keyoh (pronounced kay-oh) of one of the elders. "Keyohs are the traditional land holdings of the Dakelh (Carrier) people..." There we learned about different plants and gathered some to make medicines with later. I got to bring Kesten with me and he loved climbing on the fallen spruce tree in the forest. One of the plants we gathered was Devil's Club, which we later made into a cream, by infusing it in oil and mixing it with beeswax and sweet grass water. We got to bring little jars home with us.
The Boreal Herbal."*