Mushroom Magic taps into the mycelial network to bring connected balance to your daily life. Six medicinal mushrooms are swirled with vanilla and cinnamon to create a sweet-tasting triple extract you’ll be delighted to commune with. Mushrooms are renowned for their amazing ability to normalize and optimize body system functionality in a subtle, natural way. These fungal friends are tinctured for a full moon cycle and then simmered down to extract every bit of shroomy goodness. Read our blog post for more on each of these mushrooms, or just take the the leap into the mycelial world wide web and consume daily for maximal wellness. Commune with the mycelial cosmos.

There’s a lot to love about our fungi friends, let’s talk about some of our favorite medicinal mushrooms, what makes them a powerful herbal allies.

Reishi, Ganoderma spp.

Most commonly commercially available is Ganoderma lucidum, although here on the East Coast of North America we can find Ganoderma tsugae growing on Eastern Hemlocks. Reishi is a polypore mushroom, distinguishable by its shiny red to light yellow ombré appearance, sometimes called varnish shelf (Lucidum in latin translates to shiny & clear). In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is known as Ling Zhi and was believed to be the mushroom of spiritual immortality that calmed the shen (spirit). In Western Herbalism we use Reishi for its immune modulating properties (enter polysaccharides). Helpful in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and for those with deficient immunity conditions as well. It’s an excellent allergy remedy, best taken a few months before allergy season hits to allow for the immune system to balance its production of histamine via basophil and mast cells. Like many mushrooms it has adaptogenic qualities which help the body regulate its stress response. Reishi is calming to the spirit and also cools and protects the liver which can be agitated in autoimmune conditions, but also in times of stress.

Lion’s Mane, Hericium spp. americanum, erinaceus

Have you ever seen Lion’s Mane in real life? What a fascinating and foreshadowing design! Many types of Hericiums are found throughout North America, the most common and widely used being H. americanum and H. erinaceus. Lion’s Mane can be found growing in late fall on hardwoods like maple, beech, oak and birch. It is also widely cultivated for culinary and medicinal use. A delicious mushroom when pan fried with butter and garlic, some say it has a delicate seafood flavor, but that could be interpreted in many ways. Medicinally Lion’s Mane is anti inflammatory, immune modulating, as well as supportive in cancer. Most notably though is its ability to improve brain health. It is referred to as  “Nature’s Nutrient for the Neurons” (it looks like stringy nerve endings!) because of its ability to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). NGF is produced in the hippocampus of our limbic system (the Brain!) which is associated with emotion, memory, learning and the autonomic nervous system. Reduction of NGF production has been linked to memory loss, decreased neuroplasticity and more drastic degenerative brain diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia. After traumatic brain injury, NGF is rapidly generated in response to cytokine production and Lion’s Mane role in recovering from a brain injury is being well studied. Lion’s mane is generally a great tonic for brain health, improving cognitive performance along with supporting your mood, win win!

A brief note on extraction: There are many ways to get the medicine from mushrooms, but it is crucial that the process - whether making a tincture, powder or consuming them in food - includes an extended time of cooking down with water to extract the polysaccharides. This is considered as the water phase. Tinctures that are made with mushrooms are broken down into two phases - water and alcohol - to extract different constituents, as mentioned above in the science of mushrooms medicine. All of the mushrooms we use are extracted via a long decoction before being combined into the formula, and this improves bioavailability and makes a much stronger medicine.

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Mushrooms have a lot to offer and this information is just a glimpse at some of their amazing benefits! These mushrooms and more can be found in our Mushroom Magic tincture. What are some of your favorite mushrooms and ways to consume them?

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