About

Origins 

Erin Shadid is passionate about nature, art and being outdoors.  In 2016, after the birth of her first child, she created Sakina Birth (which later became Sakina Botanicals in 2021). As a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, professional Henna Artist, and student of herbalism, Erin has always taken pride in supporting others, engaging in meaningful dialogue and creating beautiful art.

The vision of Sakina Botanicals is to provide healing remedies rooted in nature, while honouring the environment and fulfilling the personal obligation to give back.

Social Ethic

Sakina Botanicals is located in Northern Alberta on Treaty 8 Territory on the traditional lands of the Wodland Cree, Dene Tha (Slavey), Dene-zaa (Beaver), Denesuline (Chipewyan) and Metis Peoples, the original inhabitants of these lands for thousands of years.

10% of all monthly wholesale and retail sales are donated to social and environmental justice non-profits. 

Equally important has been providing proper cultural acknowledgement of the historical origins of our wildcrafted Boreal herbal salves. Herbalism in North America  has largely been co-opted and commodified by capitalism, completely erasing and often avoiding acknowledgement of the original Indigenous history and role in preserving knowledge.

Environmental Ethic

In 2020, Sakina Botanicals switched from plastic packaging to reusable / recyclable glass + tin and compostable cardboard tubes to foster a more sound environmental ethic for customers and to significantly lessen the amount of plastic being thrown away (less than 10% of plastics are actually recycled worldwide). We also ship our orders in reused cardboard boxes, and offer package re-use/recycling.

While some skincare products include wildcrafted plants, only those plants that are common, can be collected ethically using sustainable practices on Public Lands, and in a manner that does not damage the overall population are used. Others are cultivated locally in our garden for use in our salves, while still others are purchased from Canadian organic suppliers who follow best management practices for cultivation of wild herbs.