July 02, 2020 2 min read 4 Comments

There’s a superstar local ingredient in our July Spirit North Community Bar: Canadian Labrador Tea. This shrub (Latin names Ledum groenlandicum and Ledum palustre) loves the wet, acidic soil of northern Canada and the peat bogs to the south. This bog-loving plant also grows in the northern United States, and is a tasty snack for moose and white-tailed deer.

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You may have also heard of the little white flowering plant called by the name “Hudson’s Bay.” Of course, we love local here at Rocky, that’s why we make your goodies by hand in our Canmore, Alberta workshop and we source ingredients as locally as possible.

Image of Spirit North natural bar soap surrounded by crayons.

What’s the tea?

In our soap, we’re using a Labrador Tea essential oil, and this herbal infusion is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Labrador Tea is also rich in antioxidants and ursolic acid — which helps your skin keep its elasticity. We’re all for that. But way, way, way back, the tea was already being used in tons of different ways by Indigenous Peoples. 

Traditional Remedies

Labrador Tea, brewed from the leaves of the plant or the tiny white blooms, has long been used by Indigenous Peoples to treat a variety of ailments. The tea is believed to help treat:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Renal problems
  • Rheumatism
  • Scurvy
  • Headaches

The tea was also historically used as a wash for wounds, insect bites and skin rashes. According to Alberta Plant Watch, you can make a Labrador Tea using either the flowers or the leaves of the plant steeped in hot water for five minutes. 

Labrador Tea blossoms.

Beyond the body

Labrador Tea also has uses beyond the physical. It’s believed that the plant can have big effects on your emotions, including facilitating self-awakening and, by using it on your throat chakra, helping you speak the truth. It is also believed to facilitate knowledge and understanding when used on your forehead chakra.

 Do you ever use Labrador Tea? What do you love about it?

4 Responses

Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Rocky Mountain Soap Company

August 04, 2020

Hi @SUE, The Awaken bar was our Community Bar in April. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. We support causes all year round through our Community Bar and each month a new bar is released.

Sue Sheldon
Sue Sheldon

August 04, 2020

Tried to find Awaken soap on your website as advertised in July/August Zoomer magazine but can’t find it or the price. It says 1.00 for every bar sold is going to front line workers. Please advise. Thanks. Sue

Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Rocky Mountain Soap Company

July 07, 2020

Hi Kathi! We’re so glad you’re loving the cleansing oil. There are no mascara plans in the works right now but you never know!

Kathi Mclean
Kathi Mclean

July 06, 2020

I have just started using the transformative cleansing oil. It’s wonderful! I don’t wear a lot of makeup but was wondering if RMS is thinking about making a natural mascara.

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