May 2014 Cleavers

Herbal Spotlight

Snake Broom Gutierrezia sarothrae

Of the several species of Galium in the west, G. aparine, or Cleavers is probably the most common.  Other varieties are loosely grouped together and referred to as Bedstraw.  Both are used interchangeably and have almost identical constituents and medicinal uses.  Cleavers is a short, naturalized annual with square stems and even, whirling leaves.  They grow in clump-like mats, trailing over larger herbs and shrubs mostly from a single feeble stem.  The larger bedstraws are small erect perennials that grow up to a few feet tall (usually up to a foot in my area).  They can have either smooth or bristly square stems, with regular whirling leaves.  Both Cleavers and Bedstraw have small, white or greenish-white flowers that bloom from May to September and exude a strong, honey-like odor.
Cleavers is a cooling herb that is, cleansing and soothing with a special affinity for the water systems and the skin.  It supports the lymph system promoting drainage of toxins and wastes that are then excreted through the urinary system.  Cleavers has a long history of use as a mild, persistent diuretic and is used to treat cystitis, kidney and gall stones, swollen glands, swollen breasts, PMS, mild lymph edema, gout and prostatitis.  It has feeble effects on the liver, but is one of the few herbs that has some healing value and may be used during hepatitis without fear of irritation.
Externally Cleavers is often added to formulas that protect and enhance the skin.  It helps speed healing and eases the discomfort of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, boils, blemishes, and abscesses and makes an excellent facial wash to tone and reduce wrinkling.  This is an excellent herb to take both internally and externally when treating eruptive infections such as measles and chicken pox.  The fresh leaves can be applied to cuts or wounds to check bleeding and speed healing. The juice or an infusion can be used to bathe varicose ulcers, or the fresh leaves can be made into a poultice. Cleavers will soothe and cool burns, sunburn and inflammatory skin problems.  All of this and it tastes yummy too.

At Wonderment Gardens we’re always looking for new ways to improve our products.  With this in mind and after many hours of research we have decided to add a plant based preservative to our Facial Creams and Ointments.  The preservative will increase the shelf life of most products from about 30 days to a 1 year from the manufacture date.  We  added also a “Made on Date” to all of our packaging.
Many of our recipes have recently been improved.  Making them even smoother and creamier than before, with no separation. Everything we make is made by hand in small individual batches, and we welcome special orders.  Our goal is the highest quality product with the best natural, garden grown and organic ingredients available.

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Herbal Calender

May 3-4, 2014
Black Hills Wholistic Expo
Civic Center in Rapid City, SD

May 10, 2014
11:00 – 3:00 pm
Frühlingfest Main Street Square
Rapid City, SD

June 7, 2014
8:30 to Noon
Country Farmers Market
Running’s Parking Lot
Pierre, SD

June 14 and 15, 2014
West Boulavard Summer Festival
Wilson Park
Rapid City, SD

June 21 and 22, 2014
Oahe Days Music and Arts Festival
Pierre, South Dakota

Yoga Schedule

Free Community Class
Pine Hills Retirement Community
2711 U.S. 18  Hot Springs, SD
3:30 – 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.


Krishnamacharya Yoga Teacher Training
A Yoga Alliance Certified 200-Hour Program

With Annie Jones e-ryt 500
and Jacqueline Morasco e-ryt 500

Course Structure

  • Ten 3 day modules with homework and phone lessons between modules.

  • Friday noon to 7:00 pm, Saturday noon to 7:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • 12 mentoring sessions with an approved mentor

  • Class Observations and Supervised Teaching

Dates and General Program Outline

May 16, 17 and 18, 2014– Foundations for yoga theory and practice
June 6, 7 and 8, 2014 – Foundations for asana 1: Forward Bends (Pascimatāna), Backward Bends (Purvatāna)
July 11, 12 and 13, 2014 – Foundations for asana 2: Western anatomy as it relates to Yoga.  Lateral Poses (Parsvatāna), Twisting Poses (Paravritti)
August 15, 16 and 17, 2014 – Foundations of Ayurveda
Sept 19, 20 and 21, 2014 – Foundations for asana 3: Inversions and Special Poses
November 7, 8 and 9, 2014 – Course Planning & Teaching Methodology for group classes and personal practice
December 12, 13 and 14, 2014 – Foundations of Pranayama Theory and Practice
January 17, 18 and 19, 2015 – Pranayama 2: Course planning for Pranayama for group and private classes
March 20, 21 and 22, 2015 – Foundations in Meditation
May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 – Working with Special Populations in public and private classes, Teaching Methodology, The Business of Yoga

Cost and Payment

The cost of the program will be 200 hour – $2500 ($2000 if paid in full upon registration),
$200 per module for each of 10 modules plus a $500 registration fee

For Personal Enrichment or to build up hours toward your certification
Individual modules may be attended without signing up for the entire program at a cost of $300.00 per weekend.  If you choose to become certified using this route there will be a $250.00 administration fee at the time of graduation.

For more course information contact
Annie Jones at (605)673-2831 or

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365 S. Pierre St., Pierre SD.
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Gail Bowers 605-222-8122 or