The Herbal Lady

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By Vanessa Guthrie Durango Herald staff writer

Patricia  Patricia Scholes, of Hermosa, who refers to herself as the “herbal lady,” sells an unconventional product. Her business, Willowbark Tea, operates out of her home and specializes in selling information to clients who seek alternatives to pharmaceutical medications. In a way, she offers consultations with people dispensing her knowledge of herbs and plants.

Though she does not have a downtown location, she was required to obtain a city-issued business license.

As a consultant, she offers various classes and has spoken at several public forums about herbal remedies and how to make them.

After learning about the potentially harmful side effects her high-blood pressure medication – a high risk of developing Parkinson’s disease – she sought and found an alternative remedy for herself. Now, she strives to help others find herbs that are right for them.

“What I found opened my eyes to the whole big-pharma picture,” Scholes said.

She does not claim to be a physician, but she is knowledgeable about herbs that can be used to treat specific conditions. She also said she would never tell a person to stop seeing their doctor. In fact, she encourages people to keep their medical professional well-informed.

Scholes published a book, available on Amazon, called Healing Herbs from Your Kitchen. Next year, her second book, Willowbark Tea and other Backyard Remedies, will be available for purchase. Her newest book will provide information to plan your own small herbal garden. She also plans to create a DVD series of her knowledge to sell to people who may not live close enough to take her classes.