Hummingbird Herbals currently has a small nest just off and above Main Avenue in historic downtown Durango. The address is 102 East 8th Street, Suite 213. It serves as business headquarters, production lab, and pharmacy for our exceptional local naturopathic doctors. Please come by and/or call – 970-259-8965.
Hummingbird Herbals has been a locally owned and operated business in Southwest Colorado since its creation by Melanie Rose, Clinical Herbalist, in 1995. In October 2007, Hummingbird Herbals came under new ownership by Joslyn Lewis, Chartered Herbalist and student, apprentice, employee and friend of Melanie for the preceding two years. Since its creation, everyone at Hummingbird Herbals has been dedicated to offering products that aid in the health and well-being of the Whole through healthful herbs and ecologically, spiritually, and socially responsible business practices.
Because our plant medicines come from nature, we are concerned with maintaining healthy ecosystems where plants, animals and humans can coexist and lead good lives. Our herbs are therefore organically grown or ethically wild harvested in almost all cases.
We use organic, non-genetically modified cane alcohol to create our tinctures. Cane alcohol is gluten-free, so those who avoid gluten in their diets may use our tinctures without worry. Also, many other tinctures on the market are made with grain alcohol, which is made from genetically modified (GMO) corn, one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the US, and may be loaded with pesticide and herbicide residues. Our tinctures are guaranteed free of these poisons, as the alcohol is derived from certified organic, non-gmo sugar cane.
Hummingbird Herbals tinctures are also made with another important ingredient: time. We macerate (soak) the herbs in alcohol or alcohol and distilled water for a minimum of two (but most often four) weeks to insure a complete extraction of all the valuable medicinal constituents in the plants.
Joslyn Lewis, Chartered Herbalist
Joslyn is the owner, operator and steward of Hummingbird Herbals. She has been a resident of Southwest Colorado for as long as Hummingbird Herbals has been around. Natural medicine, specifically herbal medicine, has been a deep interest of Joslyn’s for many years, beginning when she was a teenager with getting to know Native American cultures and peoples and their uses of wild plants as medicine. She also enjoyed discovering and identifying wild plants and learning their uses while on frequent hikes. This interest continued and grew through her college years and career as a social worker, her journey through pregnancy and the birth of her son at home with the support of a midwife-herbalist, and onward through recent years of more formal herbal and natural health education in classes, apprenticeships, completion of the Herbal Charter program with Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and ever-continuing study and in-the-field learning.
As a chartered herbalist, Joslyn serves as an herbal pharmacist. In this capacity, she can provide recommendations and prepare herbs for basic, simple, and seasonal health challenges. If you have a more complex health project, Joslyn will refer you to one of her excellent partner Naturopathic doctors for more in-depth health consultation, and they may, in turn, have Joslyn prepare for you a high quality custom herbal formula. Please see the Community page for more information on our local Naturopaths.