Bighorn Botanicals, Inc. was founded in 1991 by Rus Willis. We began with a contract to harvest and process Pacific Yew bark (Taxus brevifolia) for a pharmaceutical company developing a chemotherapeutic drug from one of the hundreds of naturally-occurring compounds called Taxanes, discovered in the Yew tree.
By the time our contract was completed in 1993, we had become expert at drying and milling Pacific Yew. We processed 345,615 pounds of Yew bark during these years. Harvesting was performed by our network of collectors who supervised field crews in an area covering over 14,000 square miles in Northwestern Montana and Northern Idaho.
Harvest sites were mostly on Federally-owned National Forests in areas scheduled to be logged. We salvaged this natural resource since the Yew trees would have been destroyed during logging operations. YewTips™ are the hand-pruned branch tips which do not harm the Yew trees.
During the years of our contract, we began researching how Native Americans had used Pacific Yew as a medicinal herb for a variety of ailments and injuries. We found that some tribes referred to the Yew tree as "Chief-of-the-Forest". (See Ethnobotany in the Plant Profile section for relevant information.)
Currently, we serve as a bulk raw material supplier to several herbal supplement manufacturers that incorporate YewTips™ in their own formulas. We also wholesale to health care professionals, chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbal practitioners and retail herb-health food stores.
Our family; grandparents, parents and children, have regularly used YewTip™ products for over 19 years for health maintenance, various ailments and injuries.
Yew is our specialty...
We are licensed with Montana Department of Health and Human Services and registered with the FDA. We comply with 21CFR111, Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, and have been inspected by FDA.
A Certificate of Analysis, provided by a licensed third party laboratory, accompanies all bulk shipments and is available to others on request.
Bighorn Botanicals Inc. is the originator of
YewTip™ supplements and is currently the only company in the world supplying
these products to the industry and individuals.
Bighorn Botanicals, Inc. is a family-owned and operated company.
Rus Willis, President
Quality Control Manager,
Retail Production Manager
Martha Ball, Customer Service
Bighorn Botanicals, Inc.
is located in northwestern Montana near the rural town of Noxon, a pristine environment of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and wildlife. Our company name is taken from the Bighorn sheep that live on the mountains
surrounding our homes.
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