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Our Proven Herbal Solution for Allergies, Smoke and Easy Breathing

Our Proven Herbal Solution for Allergies, Smoke and Easy Breathing!  On these smoke filled days when the air feels like it is full of pitch, I draw upon my experiences with a number of herbs for the respiratory tract. Yerba Santa is a tried and true favorite. Although drying, it helps to break up thick gooey mucus. Years ago when life afforded me the time to explore the south west looking for these plant gems, I came upon Yerba Santa on a dusty mining road in Arizona. At first glance, I thought I was looking at a hedge of rosemary, but on further inspection I lit up when I recognized Yerba Santa. With it's dark leathery leaves, tinged with golden pollen, I too soon looked...

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Our Proven Herbal Solution for Gout and How to Prevent this Painful Condition!

In Durango it is common knowledge that there is always a good reason to have a drink! Be it the hot days of summer and a refreshing celebratory beer after a day of biking, paddle boarding, or river rafting or just kicking back on the deck after some yard work. Or in the winter after a long day of work or skiing, while resting in front of the fire sipping on a glass of red wine.  Gout, unfortunately, can be spurred on by a high protein diet and excess alcohol or possibly by kidneys that have a harder than normal time processing purines. I used to think that gout was a sexist ailment, but though it is indiscriminate, it does seem to hit men much...

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Astrology Classes for Beginners at Dancing Willow Herbs!

We are so excited to offer this 3 Part Class! Please register in advance so that we can print your chart and be well prepared. Class size is limited, so sign up early! Call 970-247-1654 to register! This class is designed for beginners & those who have a curiosity in learning astrology but have no idea where to start. My hope is that students will have the foundation to understand the astrological chart after completing these classesIn 3 Information Packed classes you will learn the basics of:The Elements  ///  The ModesThe Houses  ///  The Planets The Signs  /// The AspectsTuesday evenings6:15- 7:30May 29, June 5 &12Price $65.00Taught by Debra Swanson,Clinical herbalist & owner of Dancing Willow Herbs has a deep passion for astrology & herbal medicine as well as 26 years of experience. Her in-depth knowledge & direct mode of teaching allows her students to learn easily from the basics to advanced topics. Please join us for this beginning level class. 

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SYNASTRY READINGS AT DANCING WILLOW HERBS

After 27 yrs of practicing Herbalism & a Lifetime love of Astrology I am excited to integrate the two into my practice!Give the gift of self discovery.Synastry is the reading of astrological compatibility After 27 years of practicing Herbalism and my ongoing love of Astrology I am excited to integrate the two into my practice. There is no greater gift than knowledge and self discovery. Much can be gained by an understanding of the astrological chart.Astrologogy is the imprint of the planets on our being at the moment we were born. More than just the sun sign of pop astrology, the astrological chart is a multi-layered mandala: an intricate map of the planets & the stars in precise mathematical relationships. Simply speaking, astrology is a predictive science and the map of our soul. To...

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Bug Be Gone & Spiders, Ants and Mice, too!

Here's a fun & fast tutorial that will give you the knowledge to safely and effectively rid your home of bugs and critters! We were all put on this planet for a reason, bugs included. This means that we need to co-exist peacefully, right? We don't however, have to co-exist in our own home. That's asking a lot. We have some time tested herbal remedies to gently shoo bugs and small furry critters from your house. Let's talk about repellant as opposed to insecticide.  We are becoming more aware of the impact of herbicide and pesticides on our health. There is much talk about GMO’s that contain built in insecticides and pesticides to protect crops from insect predators. We'd much rather repel than...

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