Montana YewTips Anecdotal Stories & Continuing Research with Rus Willis & Chelsey Buckner

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.

Contact Information

Bighorn Botanicals, Inc.

25 Bighorn Lane

Noxon, Montana 59853

Office: (4060847-5597

Track 1:

Introductions to:

  • The show
  • Rus Willis overview
  • Chelsey Buckner

Deeper story of Rus & how he got involved with YewTips.

Information on Taxol (1 of the elements in Taxanes)

Track 2:

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

Track 3:

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…
    • Did take a few months until he was able to go back to normal functionality again but still HUGE ability to use the salve

Track 4:

Minor technical difficulties but we made due! Rus continues his story about frostbitten hands and using Yew Salve from Track 3

Chelsey’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

Track 5:

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

Track 6:

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)
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