Fall At Wonderment Gardens

Herbal Spotlight

Snake Broom Gutierrezia sarothrae

Also called Broom Snakeweed and Matchweed, Gutierrezia sarothrae is a common plant throughout the west.  Found in almost any area from southern California to Alaska and eastward between 3000 and 9500 feet.  Although not usually found near the Pacific or in forested areas.  Snakebroom is a small, upright, woody perennial with many stems and little yellow flower clusters in late summer.  The leaves and flowers have a pleasant smell reminiscent of pine when crushed.

Snakebroom is one of those plants well used by the Native Americans and early settlers that has lost favor in the modern world.  It is anti-inflammatory and sedative to muscular-skeletal pain.  Effective reducing inflammation and pain yet is gentle enough to use as often as needed.  The aerial parts of the plants are gathered in the late summer and early fall either just before or in full flower, then hung in bundles.   A wonderful, soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory bath is made by crushing one of the bundles in a quart of boiling water, and straining into the bath.  The tea is pleasant and is often sipped while soaking.  This gentle and palliative treatment often does the trick, relieving arthritic pain in joints, fibromyalgia, bruises, contusions, sore legs, headaches and general body pain.  The tea is used to relieve a stomachache and as a treatment for excessive menstruation.

Native peoples used a decoction (boiled tea) as a treatment for colds, coughs and dizziness.  Inhaling the steam can ease the symptoms of respiratory discomfort.  A poultice was made by chewing the plant and applying it to wounds, stings, insect bites and as its name suggests snakebites.  A decoction of the roots was used in the treatment of painful urination, diarrhea and stomach aches, the flowers used internally as a laxative for humans and animals.  A protein in the plant is reported to have anti-cancer activity.  The small sturdy stems make perfect broom material.

Around here Snakebroom is one of the ingredients in Dharma Oil and Arthritis Relief Ointment.  Bundles of the herb are available upon request for tea and bath.

Snake Broom Products Available

Dharma Oil This cooling blend is highly effective as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling in addition to relieving aches and pains. For joints that tend toward swelling, tendinitis, and/or bruising.
1oz – $6.00    2oz – $10.00    4oz – $18.00    8 oz – $35.00 

Arthritis Relief Cream A wonderful velvety lotion that relieves the inflammation aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis, while easing muscle soreness and soothing strains and sprains.
1.5 oz – $8.00      4 oz – $20.00 

Wild Crafted Snake Broom Bundles– for use as an infusion for your bath or tea or to use in one of your own recipes.
3 bundles for $5.00

End of Season Inventory Reduction Sale.

Stock up on your winter medicinal needs with up to 40% off selected products, while supply lasts.
Sale prices good through October 15, 2013.  

40% off all discontinued Items
Natural Sunscreen (1.5 and 4 oz)
Smooth as Silk Facial Cream (4 oz)
Bugger off/lotion with sunscreen (1.5 and 4 oz)
Milk Thistle tincture (1oz)
Burn Ointment (1.5 and 4 oz)

25% off overstock items
Yoga Oil (all sizes)
Aromatic bitters (1 and 2 oz)
Complete Tissue Repair (1.5 and 4 oz)

15% off your winter medicinal needs
Elderberry Syrup (4 oz)
Wellness Syrup (4 oz)
Echinacea Tincture (1 oz)
Grindelia Tincture (1 oz)
Ear Oil (1 oz)
Women’s Rejuvenation Cream (1.5 and 4 oz)
Cold Sore Ointment (.25 oz)
Arthritis Relief (1.5 and 4 oz)

Calender of Upcoming Events

September 28-29, 2013
20th annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival
13329 US Highway 16a, Custer,
South Dakota 57730

October 4
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yoga Basics: Introduction to the Healing Power of Yoga
AJF Martial Arts 203 E. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

October 5
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Country Farmers Market, Pierre SD
In the Running’s parking lot in Pierre

Weekends Oct. 12th–Dec. 1,
9 am – 8 pm
Texas Renaissance Festival
21778 FM 1774
Todd Mission, TX 77363

Yoga Schedule

Only 1 more week until our break with the last class on October 3rd.  I will miss you all and will hope to see you back upon my return.

Wednesday’s in Pringle
At the community center at the fire station

9:30 – 10:30 am
A traditional Hatha Yoga Class that may use the primary tools of asana, pranayama, visualization, chanting and meditation to move toward a state of health, happiness and harmony.

Thursday’s in Hot Springs
Pine Hills Retirement Community
2711 U.S. 18  Hot Springs, SD

2:30 – 3:30 – Healing yoga
A gentle healing class especially suited for seniors or those suffering from physical issues, chronic illness and pain.  All are welcome.  Participants may be standing, sitting and lying down.

4:00 – 4:30 – Chair yoga
Designed for the elderly and physically challenged, our focus in on creating a long smooth breath, increasing mobility and range of motion and pain management.  Everyone is welcome.

6:30 – 7:45 – Hatha yoga
A traditional Hatha Yoga Class that may use the primary tools of asana, pranayama, visualization, chanting and meditation to move toward a state of health, happiness and harmony.


Yoga Basics:  An Introduction to the Healing Power of Yoga

With Annie Jones e-ryt 500

When:    Friday October 4, 2013

6:00 pm –8:00 pm
Where:  AJF Martial Arts
203 E. Sioux Ave, Pierre SD

Everyone can practice yoga.  Yoga  works on multiple levels of the human system to increase our  vital energy and improve  the quality of  our lives, ultimately helping us to feel better.

During this 2 hour mini-workshop each participant will experience what yoga is, why we do it and how it is done.  We will  explore some basic tools of yoga including postures, the use of breath, and intentional focus with emphasis on personal modifications and individual need.  We will then put it all together in a usable practice you can take home.

Cost – $25.00
Payment due at time of registration
CEUs available

Annie Jones
Follow the link below to register