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Date registered: July 13, 2014
URL: http://www.bearmountainbotanicals.com

Latest posts

  1. Sugar Violets — May 23, 2018
  2. Stem Dying Queen Anne’s Lace — August 6, 2017
  3. Rosemary; for Memory and Friendship — June 6, 2017
  4. The History of Plants and Medicine — October 15, 2016
  5. Living with Lyme Disease, Part 2 — September 3, 2016

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May 23

Sugar Violets

This time of year, Violets are prolific! One of my favorite projects is making Sugar Violets for garnishing cakes, and cookies. This is a fun project to do with children, and is a great way to teach about flowers that are edible. Violets are easy to identify, and have a light, green taste that pairs …

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Aug 06

Stem Dying Queen Anne’s Lace

One of my all time favorite summer traditions is picking and coloring bouquets of Queen Anne’s Lace. It is something I used to do with my grandmother on hot summer days when I was young. We would go for long leisurely walks and ponder the wonders of life and the universe, all along the way …

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Jun 06

Rosemary; for Memory and Friendship

Rosemary’s unmistakable fragrance, culinary flavor, and medicinal properties have made it popular around the world. Since ancient times, Rosemary has been associated with memory, longevity, and friendship. It is a showy herbaceous shrub that flowers in blue, pink, or white; depending on the variety. It’s Latin name, Rosmarinus literally translated is “dew of the sea”. …

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Oct 15

The History of Plants and Medicine

The recorded history of plants and medicine can be traced back as far as 2700 BC to Sumeria, and Babylon in 2600 BC and the information obtained from clay tablets. In ancient Egypt, the first plants, medicines and preparations were recorded on a series of scrolls. The Kahun Papyrus of 2000 BC is the most …

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Sep 03

Living with Lyme Disease, Part 2

Upon returning from the hospital, we got him comfortably situated in bed. He was able to drink and eat a little bit. As time went on, the pain in his head and neck was returning. By 9 pm, the pain was getting bad again. By 10pm, he took an over the counter pain reliever, hoping …

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May 01

Living with Lyme Disease, part 1

It was a Thursday morning in late August, a beautiful summer day. My partner was complaining of a severe headache. It had been going on all week, since Sunday evening. It just got progressively worse by the day. No over the counter pain relievers gave any relief. On that Thursday morning, he looked awful. He …

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Feb 10

Make a snow candle!

This is the perfect project when the weather is freezing cold, and there is a good snow pack. This winter has been a bit slow in arriving, but this weeks snow falls here in Maine have provided us with just enough snow for this project, and the weather forecast is predicting colder temperatures this weekend! …

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Nov 22

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage

This is one of my favorite Autumn soups, and it’s so easy to make. Fantastic by itself, with a sandwich, or as a side to a hearty meal, it’s delicious, and good for you! Ingredients you will need: One large Butternut Squash One small to medium Onion (yellow, or sweet) Two medium Garlic Cloves Sage …

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Oct 26

Essential Oils, digging deeper

This blog is dedicated to weeding out the myths and mysteries surrounding Essential Oils, and getting to the root of how they can best be used, with the greatest overall benefit. (Pardon the plant puns…). Realistically, this should be a series of blogs, because the information is so vast- I will see what evolves. Here …

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Oct 05

Autumn in Maine, and Lyme Disease

Now that the kids are back to school, and everyone is saying “farewell” to summer, it’s easy to forget- ticks are not. These tiny little vectors of disease are still crawling about, trying to make the most of the remaining time before winter arrives. Adult female Deer Ticks are very active in August and September …

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