Rus Willis is President and General Manager of Bighorn Botanicals, Inc., a family-owned and operated company, located in northwestern, Montana, near the rural town of Noxon.
Bighorn Botanicals was founded in 1991, beginning with a contract to harvest and process Pacific Yew bark (Taxus brevifolia) for a pharmaceutical company developing a chemotherapeutic drug from a natural anti-cancer constituent found in the Yew.
On completion of that contract in 1993, and revitalized consumer interest in the use of herbal supplements, the company began developing specially selected botanicals which have been historically documented as significantly beneficial to Native Americans and pioneers in the Pacific Northwest.
Over the years, Rus Willis has researched and developed products for alternative health care professionals from medicinal herbs native to northwestern Montana based on ethnobotany (historical use), scientific research and sustainability of the resource.
As a bulk raw material supplier for the past 25 years to the herbal, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries, Bighorn Botanicals, Inc. has supplied close to 1,000,000 pounds of various dried and milled botanicals that are native, naturalized and cultivated in Montana. Clients have included companies in the United States, Mexico, Asia & Europe.
Bighorn Botanicals, Inc.
25 Bighorn Lane
Noxon, Montana 59853
- The show
- Rus Willis overview
- Chelsea Buckner
Deeper story of Rus & how he got involved with YewTips.
Information on Taxol (1 of the elements in Taxanes)
Story of Mildred Nelson and Rus
- How the tea changed from the bark to the tips
Call about bark harvest vs. sustainable harvest
Nann Vance: was publishing Yew Research
- Realized that there were only water-soluble components of the tea
Development into capsules and tinctures
Call about Stomach Cancer and if Rus has cancer or why he is taking the Yew products himself
Yew Products and Anti-inflammatory properties and immunostimulant properties to the cold and flu
Questions about stomach cancer
- 9 mL (3x3mL in mouth + swallow)
Tea has tannins in it – bitter component
Taxanes: also anti scarring properties
Taxol used on stints to prevent scar tissue from forming and causing further surgery
Use salve on wounds, cuts, & abrasions to help with healing time & scarring when you heal as well.
Continuous anecdotal stories
Rus story about dog “white out” getting stuck in blizzard while mountain lion hunting
- Rushed to the vet after finding him 3 days later…
- 1 degree from not surviving – loaded him up with heated intervenes liquid to raise his body temperature
- Frostbitten paws – TWICE their normal size and near needing to be amputated
- No pharmaceutical antidote for frostbite in vet world….
- Used the Yew Salve out of desperation to see if it could do anything…
- ALL THE SWELLING WENT DOWN OVERNIGHT!
- Did take a few months until he was able to go back to normal functionality again but still HUGE ability to use the salve
Minor technical difficulties but we made due! Rus continues his story about frostbitten hands and using Yew Salve from Track 3
Chelsea’s Family and their use of YewTip Salve and YewTip Oil
YewTip Salve for BABIES & any kind of rash!
Text about specific taxanes
Text about breathing problems
Anti inflammatory and HELPS with breathing
Text about specific Lung cancer
Non small-cell lung cancer respond well
- 9 capsules/day
- 3 with each meal WITH FOOD
- Nebulizers with YewTea
Text about shelf life of powder
- 3 years (industry standard)
Horse story about laminates – hoof disease
Call about small-cell lung cancer
Taxol is mixed with cream for (synthetic castor oil)- causes hair loss
Friend took 9 capsules/day – while doing chemo (didn’t tell the doctor about the capsules) & started gaining weight
What if Diarrhea
- Stop for 1 week
- Restart 1 capsule/day – 3 days
- then move to 2 capsules/day for 3 days
Call about Colorectal Cancer
Text about cost of products
- Can be found www.bighornbotanicals.com/shop
Call about arthritis & gut health
Chelsea talks about difference between Salve and Lotion
Text about how to use the salve
Text about boosting immune system with asthma for kiddos
Text about prostate enlargement
Rus plays the Yew-Tar
Rus explains benefits of taxanes on immune system
Suggested dosage of YewTip for animals:
Horses 800-1200 lbs for inflammation or cancer
- 1 ounce YewTip tincture mixed with 1 cup applesauce and then added to grain ration 1x/day
- EXTERNAL tumors: use YewTip Salve 2x/day
Cats & Dogs Cancer and Inflammation
- 1 mL YewTip oil for every 10 lbs of body weight mixed with soft food/day (1/2 for morning and night feedings)