The Magic of Mushrooms
The benefits of Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps
I have been a fan of Reishi Mushroom for some time now because of her incredibly restorative powers. Lately I have been adding a few other mushroom powders to my daily tonic like chaga and don’t get squeamish now . . . cordyceps . . .which is a fungus that used to be grown on caterpillars. (Now I believe it can be grown in other ways). Cordyceps are being ‘rediscovered’ in this modern age, but they were used to fight cancer and tumors in China. They are also beneficial for athletic performance and muscle weakness. They also have anti aging effects on the body which is always a good incentive for taking these fungi! I like the Pure Cordyceps since it is an organic brand.
The reason mushrooms are so powerful for us, is they have the compound polysaccharides which is anti cancer and an immune booster. They can also protect the cells and DNA. The ancients believed Reishi to be anti aging and so it was named ‘the mushroom of immortality’.
I started taking Host Defense Comprehensive Immune Support to help me keep my immune system strong during the last nasty flu season. I feel the combination of mushroom magic in The Host defense kept me healthy and strong. This 17 species formula made by the incredible vanguard Paul Stamets combines reishi, chaga, cordyceps, maitake, and more to create a comprehensive blend of mushroom power.
Now more on Reishi or The Queen Healer as my friends at Sun potion like to refer to her. This mushroom was traditionally used in Oriental and Eastern Folk Medicine to “Nourish the Heart and Pacify the Spirit”. Reishi Mushroom is perhaps the most beloved of all precious foods. Called Ling Zhi – “The Mushroom of Spiritual Potency” in Traditional Chinese Medicine, It holds its place as an essential ingredient in a healthy life.
The Chinese have traditionally claimed that Reishi promotes calmness, centeredness, balance, inner awareness and inner strength. They have used it to improve meditative practices and to protect the body, mind and spirit so that the adept could attain both a long and healthy life. For myself, around 4pm when I usually take a dip in energy, I feel Reishi calling me. I will mix a teaspoon along with my superpower adaptogen ashwagandha and some others for an afternoon tonic.
Chaga is another beautiful gem straight from Mama Earth. I received a lovely gift from my sister in the East Olivia Clementine. Her hand foraged Chaga is wonderful before bed. Chaga usually grows on Birch Trees and has been consumed for centuries in Russia and Asia. The Global healing Center describes Chaga as a highly-concentrated black mass of mycelium that protrudes from birch trees infected with parasitic–but non-toxic–fungus Inonotus Obliquus. The dark, hard and cracked exterior, which often appears like burnt charcoal, is called the sclerotium. The interior has a rusty yellow brown color. (You can now purchase this on the shop.)
Chaga is an adaptogen that can bring the body back in balance and harmony by working on the nervous and endocrine system. They are being studies for their anti cancer and anti- auto immune properties.
I prefer to mix my cup of chaga with some maca powder and a splash of sunflower or pumpkin seed milk and a touch of honey.
(please check with your physician if you have health issues and want this kind of support)