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The Herbal Bear School of Botanical Medicine

November 2012 Newsletter

In this issue

  • Cranberries! More than just a Holiday Treat.
  • Free Apps for Herbalists
  • The Herbal Bear Classes 

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CranberryCranberries! - A Healthy Superfruit
(Vaccinium oxycoccos)

Cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections by preventing E. coli from adhering to the cells that line the urinary tract1,2. This same effect may help prevent other types of infections involving host-tissue bacteria such as H. pylori, a major cause of gastric ulcers3.

Cranberries are a potent source of antioxidants, specifically from a subclass of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which are unique and abundant in cranberries.  The antioxidant properties of PACs may have a range of other health benefits, including supporting cardiovascular health. However, there has been some discussion concerning cranberry-warfarin interation6.  If you are on blood thinning drugs, please consult your doctor with regard to possible herb-drug interactions.

Cranberries are naturally fat-free and have very little sodium, so adding them to a balanced diet is a delicious, refreshing, and nutritious way to meet the recommended servings of fruit daily. Making your own cranberry sauce is not only easy, but also great way to enjoy this fruit year-round.

Cooking_cranberriesHere is an easy recipe that you can make yourself:
Cranberry Orange Sauce
2 (8-ounce) packages fresh cranberries, 
2 oranges, 
1/2 cup sugar.

Grate the zest from two oranges and squeeze the juice. Put all the ingredients (zest, orance juice, sugar and cranberries) into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cool and refrigerate.

 1. Howell AB, Reed J, Krueger C, Winterbottom R, Leahy M. A-type cranberry
proanthocyanidins and uropathogenic bacterial anti-adhesion activity.
Phytochemistry 2005; 66 (18): 2281-2291.

2. Howell A. Cranberry Proanthocyanidins and the Maintenance of Urinary Tract
Health. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2002; 42(S): 273-278.

3. Burger O, Weiss E, Sharon N, Tabak M, Neeman I, and Ofek I.
Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori adhesion to human gastric mucus by a high-molecular-weight constituent of cranberry juice.
Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition, 2002. 42(Suppl.).

4.Reed J. Cranberry flavonoids, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular health. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2002; 42(Supp): 301-316.

5. Ruel G, Pomerleau S, et al. Low-calorie cranberry juice supplementation reduces plasma oxidized LDL
and cell adhesion molecule concentrations in men. British Journal of Nutrition 2008; 99(2): 352-359

6.Suvarna R, Pirmohamed M and Henderson L. Possible interaction between warfarin and cranberry juice. BMJ 2003;327:1454.


Free Apps that are Great for Herbalists

I love these apps - especially since they are free!  I must confess I own an iphone, so I am not sure that these apps are available for android users.  For that reason, I have provided general links to the app's developer site.  If you are an apple user - just click on the app's photo and you will be directed to the specific iTunes page for the app.

Leaf Snap
Developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Instition, this free mobile app helps identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. Take a walk in the park, snap a photo of a leaf and this app will identify and give you lots of information about the tree.


Wild Mushrooms of North America and Europe
Rodgers Mushroomsby Roger PhillipsBy Glen Byram
A digital mushroom field guide. You can browse by mushroom characteristics or search on specific ones. The free lite version has limited selection of mushrooms available for viewing. The full version ($1.99) features over 1500 different species and over 3000 pictures.

About Herbs About Herbs
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has a free app called About Herbs.
It provides quick access to information about herbs, botanicals, dietary supplements, and complementary therapies.

The Herbal Bear Classe Schedule

The following classes are listed by program date order. To view a full description of the class, or to register on-line for any class,  please click on the individual class.


echinaeca3 Herbal Preparations Workshop
- Saturday, December 01, 2012.
 - 2pm to 4pm NYBG
Introduction to Aromatherapy
The Basics of Essential Oil Blending
- Friday, December 14, 2012.
- 6:30pm to 8:30pm NYC
Herbal Soap Making - The Cold Process
- Sunday, January 27, 2013;
- 11:30am - 1:30pm NYC
Medical Botany
- 6 classes from Jan 26, 2013 - Mar 9, 2013;
- 2pm - 4pm NYBG
Herbal Preparations Workshop
- Thursday, February 7, 2013.
-  6pm to 8pm NYBG
Introduction to Herbal Medicine 
A Holistic Approach
- Friday, February 8, 2013.
- 6:30pm to 8:30pm NYC
Herbal Preparations Workshop 
Making Herbal Teas Tinctures and Oils
- Friday, February 22, 2013.
- 6:30pm to 8:30pm NYC
Herbal Spa 101 - Making Your Own Natural Products
- Saturday, March 30, 2013;
- 11:30am - 1:30pm NYC
3 Day Aromatherapy Intensive Workshop 
Friday May 3 - Sunday May 5,
-2013 Grand Gorge, NY

The 2013 Botanical Medicine Program



We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 Botanical Medicine Program.

2013 Botanical Medicine Program
A six weekend intensive program for those interested in a well rounded education in herbal studies. This class is designed to give  students a solid foundation in herbalism.  Each class we will learn about herbs for the different systems including: the digestive, nervous, cardiac, reproductive, and immune system.  Students will learn plant identification, harvesting techniques, medicinal plant preparations and herbal formula development.   This class is held in the Northern Catskills on a private 30 acre property.  Many of the medicinal plants we study are growing in our gardens or found on our property.  Unlike other herbals classes, this class incorporates field work with the plants.  You will be able to see, study and harvest medicinal plants throughout the entire growing season.  This class is designed for beginning and intermediate herbal students. For a full description of this class - please follow
this link

If you have any specific questions about our programs, please feel free to contact us


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