Intro to Medicinal Mushrooms

Chaga

Known as “The King of Medicinal Mushrooms”

The medicinal and ceremonial use of Chaga(Inonotus obliquus) dates back to the 12th century in western Siberia. Chaga is an arctic mushroom that is know for its immune-strengthening powers. This alkaline parasitic mushroom grows on birch trees and looks like burnt charcoal. The dark coloration of chaga is due to the high concentration of melanin, the same compound that gives our skin its pigmentation. Chaga is packed with antioxidants that serve as a defense system. Working both preventatively and restoratively Chaga can help build optimal immune health. Polysaccharides and beta-glucans within Chaga modulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and ward off infection and viruses. Found predominantly in the Northern hemisphere’s boreal forests, Chaga has been considered a sacred healing tonic and folk medicine by many indigenous and Northern cultures. Cree healers refer to it as pōsākan, the Ojibway call it Cha’a’ihtthi, and the Japanese – kabanoanatake. Chaga is a woody, coal-colored parasitic fungus with a golden center that lives in sync with the birch tree. Unlike most mushrooms, its fiber is dense, coarse, and crumbly – making for a more challenging foraging experience. These days, Chaga has earned a reputation as one of the most healthful foods on the planet, containing 31 times more antioxidants than blueberries! Offering over 200+ phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals, it’s no wonder Chaga has become a staple for immune health and more in the world of wellness.

5 Ways Chaga can support your health:

Strengthens Immune Function: When we think of Chaga, immunity is the first thought that comes to mind. Packed with antioxidants that act as a defense system, Chaga works both preventatively and restoratively to build optimal immune health. Polysaccharides and beta-glucans within Chaga modulate the immune system, reduce inflammation, and ward off infection and viruses.

Repairs Cellular Damage: As we age, our bodies require more antioxidants to protect our DNA from damage caused by oxidative stress. Chaga mushroom is exceptionally high in a compound called superoxide dismutase (SOD). This antioxidant-rich enzyme neutralizes free radicals, maintains tissue health, and is a promising cancer preventative.

Lowers Blood Sugar: Chaga regulates blood sugar levels and can be appropriate functional food for people with diabetes. Regular consumption of Chaga can raise glucose levels that are too low, reduce glucose levels that are too high, and lower insulin resistance.

Boosts Energy Levels: Many people who consume Chaga tea regularly report a surge in energy and mental clarity after drinking it. Packed with a wealth of nutrients to keep us feeling vital and uplifted, Chaga can boost mood and energy level-a excellent alternative for anyone trying to kick a caffeine habit.

Promotes Skin Health: As we age, harmful UV exposure can damage the integrity of our skin. In TCM, Chaga is believed to preserve youthfulness. Melanin- a skin-loving pigment within Chaga- shields our skin from UV damage and can reduce damaged skin over time, helping us glow from the inside out.

Add Chaga to your routine:

There are endless ways to add Chaga to your healing routine to fortify immune health and give your body a helpful boost of nutrients! Try adding  Chaga Herbal Supplement Powder to your favorite drinks & recipes. Take a convenient and delicious Chocolate Chaga Tincture on the go. Start or end your day with a relaxing cup of Chaga Chai Herbal Tea.

Reishi

Known as the “Mushroom of Immortality,”

Reishi or Lingzhi is one of the world’s most researched ingredients that have been shown to exhibit a wide range of health benefits. Reishi is a shiny red, kidney shaped mushroom that grows at the base and stumps of trees like the maple. Reishi shines its vibrant and healing energy. This potent ally is widely known as the “Mushroom of Immortality,” and with good reason. Being one of the essential adaptogen herbs in Chinese medicine, Reishi offers comfort for anxiety. Other attributes are that it has been considered immune-boosting, life-extending, and stimulating to brain neurons. the traditional use of Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) dates back over 2,000 years. During the Han Dynasty, Reishi was honored as a food and medicine for Chinese royalty. Sipping the tea of this woody mushroom was believed to deliver wisdom, longevity, and good fortune. Reishi was so profoundly valued throughout ancient times that it was often portrayed in creative renderings and paintings, indicating its spiritual benefits.  Reishi’s Chinese name, “Ling Zhi,” translates to “divine fungus” this alludes to its meditative and heart-opening benefits of this revered fungi. Taoist followers and monks frequently consumed this elixir to intensify enlightenment and spiritual practice. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is considered a “three treasure” herb, meaning that it harmonizes Jing (life force), Qi (energy), and Shen (spirit). Reishi is considered an extraordinary nourishing tonic, and a developing body of research affirms this. Reishi is loaded with adaptogenic, immune-modulating, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-tumor,   that manage a broad spectrum of ailments. It’s no surprise this therapeutic adaptogen is growing in popularity in our modern world!

How Reishi supports wellness: 

Quiets the Nervous System 

Reishi is a nerve tonic and adaptogen. It guides the body to homeostasis and encourages it to adapt to mental and environmental stressors. This mushroom works effortlessly to quiet the spirit, renew balance and groundedness. 

Restores Immune Function

Historically, Reishi mushrooms have been used to strengthen the immune system, working both preventatively and as a remedy for many ailments. 

Reishi contains Polysaccharides – the plant sterols that rejuvenate cells, fight infection, and build immunity. 

Maintains Adrenal Health 

If our bodies are emotionally and mentally stressed, we release the stress hormone cortisol to help comfort the impact of stress. While cortisol is a valuable hormone, prolonged stress can drive overproduction and, ultimately, adrenal fatigue. Reishi can help control cortisol levels, establishing a more harmonious, resilient response to stress. 

Reduces Inflammation & Relieves Allergy Symptoms 

 Reishi offers vital nutrients, antioxidants, beta-glucans, and amino acids that optimize and protect our cells and reduces inflammation. At the same time, Reishi can soothe seasonal allergies. Modern research and herbal tradition show that Reishi’s polysaccharides help inhibit histamine release and suppress the inflammatory response.

Promotes Liver Health 

Research suggests that the potent antioxidant levels in Reishi may increase liver function and inhibit liver disease. Reishi plant compounds increase the body’s capacity to purify unwanted toxins and bacteria. At the same time, they are encouraging the production of liver enzymes. Animal research suggests that Reishi may help reduce inflammation and damage in the liver.

There are endless ways to add Reishi to your healing routine and receive the benefits of this immortal mushroom! Adding our Reishi Concentrated Powder to your favorite recipes is a convenient and effortless way to benefit from this mushroom. Tinctures are an easy way to get your daily dose. Click here to shop our potent and versatile Reishi offerings.

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane mushroom is a potent medicinal mushroom that’s been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Lion’s Mane is a white, globe-shaped fungus that gets its name due to its long spines reminiscent of a lion’s mane.

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