Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Heritage and Sisterhood

Monica Simeon & Marina TurningRobe

Who is Sister Sky
A Native American woman owned company committed to creating products which embrace the beauty of indigenous cultures for the purpose of sharing cultural wisdom.

What is Our Heritage
Our Beloved Mother:
Our mother is from the First Nations Pauquachin Band, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Our lineage on her side hails from a long line of highly respected Tribal Chiefs and Women of Medicine, who carried the wisdom of plants, flowers and roots, used to help the ill become well.

Our Beloved Father:
Our father is from the (Spa-Keen) Spokane Tribe, Washington.  Our lineage on his side hails from a long line of highly respected Men of Medicine and Spiritual Songs.  Also from his side of our family were resourceful entrepreneurs; individuals who thought of creative ways to make-ends-meet, individuals who were able to "move-in-both-worlds" by venturing off the reservation to find employment while simultaneously staying connected to family, tradition and heritage.   

As Sisters:
During our life journey we have experienced varied seasons.   Some seasons filled with bright warm comforting sunshine - complete with birds singing beautiful songs and rainbows glowing overhead.  Some seasons filled with blistering cold and uneasy darkness - with no sounds of comfort for the ears. 

Thru our life seasons, we continue to give thanks to The Creator for our sacred gift of sisterhood!  Definition of Sister: A girl or woman who shares a common ancestry, allegiance, character, or purpose with another or others.   Yup.  That's us.   

Marina & Monica

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sister Sky "Gives Back" with Abalone Woman Bracelets

Native American model/dancer Valarie Adrian, Spokane Tribe
This photo excites me beyond belief!  Simply because I  have come to a place in my entrepreneurial journey where I can give back to my community with a social cause product this holiday season.

Let me give you the backstory:  starting a company from scratch is no cake walk.  To say a start up company struggles financially is putting it lightly.  I've worked without pay, I've taken out a second mortgage and  I've borrowed money from my mom just to keep the lights on.  I've stayed in business long enough to know that you should care deeply about what you do because you sacrifice a lot when you're an entrepreneur. 

My sister and I have been running our company, Sister Sky for 15 years.  Whether you know our products or not, you should know "giving back" has been both a personal and professional goal of ours.

When we launched the Abalone Woman bracelets this fall, we knew the story of Abalone Woman would resonate with so many who are concerned with ending domestic violence.  The oral stories of our heritage touch our spirit, teach us values and remind us of what is important.  So powerful are these oral stories that they resonate deeply today with the community at large. 

The objective of the Abalone Woman bracelet is simple:  market a beautiful and affordable bracelet, tell the story of Abalone Woman and donate a portion of the proceeds to the non-profit National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.  The most rewarding part of this collaboration:  a Native American for-profit company is partnering with a Native American non-profit.  Small steps like this lead to great success in building healthier communities in Indian Country. 

As a small, Native American, woman owned business, we care deeply about the products we make and sell.  Our brand is deeply rooted in wellness and healing. The Abalone Woman bracelet was a natural concept born from our brand roots.  It's truly a blessing for us to be "giving back" as women and entrepreneurs.

Now back to the picture. This is gorgeous Native American dancer/model Valarie Adrian, from the Spokane Tribe wearing an Abalone Woman bracelet for the camera of Navajo photographer, Sonny Moeckel.  This picture is stunning because it reminds me that coming together for a good cause is powerful and important work. 

Please visit our website to read the story of  Abalone Woman:
To learn about the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center please go to:
To see more of Sonny's work, visit


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Violence Against Women - The Abalone Woman

Abalone Woman

A Native American Legend: Abalone Woman 

Abalone Woman lived on the ocean coast. She passed time sitting on the beach, shinning her most beautiful stunning colors in the sky. Several elders told Abalone Woman, "Your beautiful colors are a special gift, which must be handled with honor and loving care."  

A man from the North saw Abalone Woman's beautiful colors in the sky and said "I must find her, the woman who makes beautiful colors in the sky".  North Man set out on his journey, he traveled great distances to find the woman who made beautiful colors in the sky. 

North Man finally found her!  There she sat, on the beach, shining her beautiful colors in the sky!  North Man approached her, they met and fell in love. In the beginning, North Man was very kind to Abalone Woman, treating her with honor and loving care.  

North Man's kindness reminded her of the words spoken by her elders, "Your beautiful colors are a special gift, which must be handled with honor and loving care", so this encouraged Abalone Woman to continue shining her beautiful colors in the sky, for North Man to see and enjoy.  

As time passed, North Man began to treat Abalone Woman with disrespect.  He became very mad and cruel towards her.  Trying to make North Man happy, Abalone Woman would shine her colors brighter, brighter and brighter but her efforts did not change matters with North Man.  

Then one day on the same beach where their love began, North Man hurt Abalone Woman so very deeply.  North Man hurt Abalone Woman in a way which, no human hands, could ever heal.  North Man's hurt was forever.

In Abalone Woman's deep hurt, she looked up to the blue sky and began to cry-out in terrible pain. Like a stream leading into the ocean, Abalone Woman's tears fell down her face.  

As her tears of hurt and pain touched the water, the water began to shine the beautiful colors of Abalone Woman.  You see, her tears turned into beautiful abalone shells!  As Abalone Woman faded into hurt and pain she, too, transformed into the abalone shells. 

Abalone Woman became our beautiful shining abalone shell.  The shell is a reminder that women have a special shining gift.  
Women must care for and respect their shining gifts and men must also respect women's gift of shining.  Most importantly, for love to not be in vain, men and women must handle each other with honor and loving care.   

*This legend, or similar version, is told by various coastal indigenous peoples.  We share this legend in an effort to end violence against women and in homes across the world.  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sunburn and Heritage

Ancestral Heritage & Sunburn

Kevin's Cure Collection contains the natural solution: Yarrow, for sunburn damage to skin. 

Factors that can affect sunburn include genetic heritage, location and drugs. Your ancestral heritage determines a lot about how quickly you may burn when exposed to the sun. Those who are especially fair skinned fare more poorly when exposed to the sun than those who are olive skinned or black. This has to do with the amount of the natural pigment melanin in skin. Melanin is photoprotectant, enabling the body to absorb sun rays as simple heat without DNA damage. The more melanin in the skin, the lesser chance a person has to burn. When we tan, that is due to increased melanin production as a result of sun exposure. In very fair skinned people, there is insufficient melanin for tanning.

Your geographic location is another significant factor with sunburns. Those who live in the tropical latitudes are exposed to more direct sunlight, and must therefore be more careful than those who live in the higher latitudes where the rays of the sun are less direct. 

Drugs also play a role in whether you will burn. Antibiotics, oral contraceptives and anti-anxiety drugs can increase the risk of burns. If you are taking any of these classes of drugs, carefully read the contraindications sections of the data sheets, so you will know whether you are at increased risk of burning.

If you overdo your exposure to the sun and wind up with a mild burn, the following natural remedy can provide soothing relief. However, if you wind up with a serious burn, you will be wise to contact your doctor.


Native Americans used an infusion of the common herb yarrow as a wash for sunburn and other skin disorders. Yarrow relieves the pain of burns and soothes inflamed skin. You can buy dried yarrow in many natural food stores. If you have a sunburn, make a big pot of yarrow tea and add it to a warm or cool bath. The infusion will provide relief.

Kevin's Cure Body Lotion 

Contains Yarrow and other beautiful natural skin care solutions for healthy summer skin.  The Kevin's Cure Collection:  body wash, body balm, body lotion and healing salve.  Visit us at to purchase your Natural Solutions from Native Roots.  

Enjoy Your Summer!  
The Sisters

Credit information:, July 2012

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Long Time Ago - Sister Sky

Long Ago: 

Before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness.  Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers.  In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective, many have been refined into present day medicine.


Sister Sky creates body and hair care products with natural herbs and oils that were used over 400 years ago by our ancestors. Trusted, time proven ingredients and Mother Nature approved. The Native American Herbal Legacy lives in each Sister Sky product we make today.

We invite you to visit us at and you can also experience the Native American Herbal Legacy.

Enjoy!  The Sister.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ethnic Skin Needs Special Care

Ethnic skin is sensitive. 

Ethnic skin differs in structure based on increased pigment (melanin). Increased pigment creates an array of tones from deep brown to light tan in ethnic skin.  Pigment producing cells are located in the upper layer of  ethnic skin and are very reactive to irritants such as harsh chemicals, heavy perfumes and dyes. Common complaints of people with ethnic skin include ashy skin, uneven skin tone, rough, bumpy skin and eczema.  All of these conditions can create uncomfortable, itchy, sensitive skin. Treating ethnic skin conditions is challenging because harsh chemicals found in many moisturizers often worsen the condition. Continued, prolonged skin care with gentle and effective products is needed to improve the appearance of many ethnic skin problems.

I know first hand how frustrating it can be to find a gentle & effective moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I created our flagship product, Kevin’s Cure body lotion for my son who was born with severe eczema. Since then, our family owned company continues to create products founded in age old, trusted, natural remedies handed down through the generations. Safe.  Gentle. Effective.  Free of harsh chemicals and Mother Nature approved.    -Monica Simeon, Company Cofounder. 

 You can find the complete line of Kevin's Cure products at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How To Apply Body Balm

The best time to apply moisturizer is right after a wash when skin is damp, so you trap the moisture on its surface,” says Karen Kim, MD, a dermatologist in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Unlike an ordinary lotion, Kevin's Cure Body Balm is specially formulated to be applied to damp skin. 

People who use Kevin's Cure Body Balm will see and feel improved skin health but it must be applied correctly. 
After bath or shower pat skin dry but leave some moisture.

       •Apply a thin layer of balm and smooth quickly all over body.

       •No need to rub in – it dissolves quickly.

For added moisture – apply body lotion directly on top of balm.

Kevin's Cure Body Balm when applied to damp skin will significantly improve skin health and softness.

The Body Balm can improve skin health since it’s applied as medically suggested by a dermatologist.

Sister Sky provides Natural Solutions from Native Roots.  Visit our website at for Kevin's Cure Body Balm and more. 

About Kevin's Cure:  My son, Kevin was born with eczema.  When I couldn't find products that worked I made my own!  Borrowing herbal wisdom from my Native American heritage, I developed Kevin's Cure to soothe and soften naturally. 
-Monica Simeon, Company Co-founder

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sister Sky Shares Native American Herbal Wisdom

Honoring a tradition of giving herbs for health and wellness, we include a small sachet of herbs as a gift in each internet order. Sister Sky shares herbal wisdom with every product we make and every order we ship. Wishing you wellness! -The Sisters of Sister Sky.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Native American Use of Herbs for Wellness are Being Awakened in American Culture.

Most Americans have forgotten or have never learned that our medical society originated from Native American cultures. Our society has neglected the fact that over- the- counter drugs and prescription drugs are derived from Native American herbs.

In the past doctors used to rely on Native American herbal resources such as leaves, berries, trees, roots, twigs, barks, and flowers to treat many illnesses (OAM 185). It was not until medical technology was advancing and becoming popular that people began to lose touch with their herbal heritage.

 Native Americans contribution to present day health and wellness is not a story often told.  Read more at

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seven of the 10 Most Popular Herbal Supplements Were Used by Native Americans.

The consumption of botanical supplements in the United States has been increasing at a rapid rate and this trend is expected to continue. In many cases, the original use of  the herbs for wellness appear to have come from Native Americans.
Seven of the 10 most common botanicals sold in the United States were used extensively by Native Americans.

Long before medical technology was available, pioneer doctors relied on Native American knowledge of nature to treat illness. Our ancestors freely shared their healing knowledge of plants, roots and berries with early settlers.  In fact, Native American herbal treatments were so effective, many have been refined into present day medicine.

Native American use of herbs for health and healing and the sharing of that knowledge is not often a story told. 

Read more about the Native American herbal legacy at