Traditional Medicine Blueberries and Labrador Tea – both good medicines Florence picking new spruce buds with George watching along with others around her. Boiling Labrador Tea: medicinal uses: build up immune system (reduces cold occurrences), inhaling steam good to clear nasal passages, a relaxant, and high in vitamin C. New spruce buds – boiling them for the liquid. Medicinal uses: relieves colds, sore throats and coughing and chest ailments. The longer it boils the more potent it is. Sorting spruce gum. Medicinal uses: the clear gum is chewed, made into a tea, applied on wounds. The rest can be mixed in olive oil (extra virgin) and left in a jar in the sun for three weeks to allow the oil to extract the medicine. Then heat it up, filter, add melted bees wax and cool to produce a salve. The salve can be used on any skin problems including open wounds. Spruce gum on a tree offering it to the medicine picker. Doris and others picking new spruce buds. Purple spruce buds ready for the picking. Elders and younger women learning how to make spruce gum candles.