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The Magic of Mushrooms

The Magic of Mushrooms

Mushrooms, not just the humble veggie you bulk up your stir fry with or chuck on top of your pizza. (Also, not just the kind you had in those shakes back in Bali.) BUT an amazing immunity boosting superfood packed full of nutrients. 

The humble mushroom has been misunderstood - "Fungi used to be overlooked as a low-calorie, low-nutrition food, but in fact many are full of nutrients. According to biochemist and herbalist Martin Powell, many produce compounds that show potential for improving treatment results for those suffering from ailments such as cancer and dementia. (- National geographic) as well as being a great immunity booster! 

Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries in eastern medicine but a relatively new on the scene in western culture. In Chinese medicine the use of medicinal mushrooms dates back to some of the first medical texts on record. For example, reishi’s reputation as a powerful medicine dates back to about 200 AD and they’re still used today. There are a range of different mushrooms which all have different benefits, here’s are a few of our faves...
LIONS MANE -   “Studies have shown that Lion’s Mane mushrooms can help to improve cognitive function and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression,” says Emily Hedgman, a spokesperson from Link Nutrition (linknutrition.com). In addition to helping enhance brain function, Hedgman explains that Lion’s Mane can also help to support the heart and circulatory system, improve digestive health and reduce inflammation.

CHAGA - The Chaga mushroom has been slowly gaining popularity in the west for its broad range of life-boosting benefits. It’s been used for hundreds of years in Siberia and Asia. “Chaga mushrooms are most impressive for their high antioxidant content whilst also being high in fibre and naturally occurring beta-glucans,” says Hedgman. “According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Chaga extract may also be able to prevent liver cancer cell growth – although more research needs to be done.”

REISHI - “Reishi, which is considered to be an adaptogen, is strongly anti-inflammatory and has uses tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity,” says Hedgeman. Adaptogens, if you haven’t already heard, help us to deal with the negative effects of stress, such as depleted energy levels and various types of hormonal imbalances.

CORDYCEPS - Cordyceps is an anti-ageing, energy-boosting mushroom found in the Himalayas, that many experts claim can boost aerobic capacity and improve stamina,” says Hedgman. These impressive mushrooms are known for their natural ability to fight free radicals, infections, and inflammation. “Cordyceps have also been used for centuries to reduce symptoms of respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, liver damage and more,” she adds.

How do you get some of this nutrient rich, immunity boosting goodness you ask? Although some you can get fresh, mushrooms are also available in a variety of powders. Mushrooms in powdered form are incredibly versatile, they provide a mellow earthy flavour and can blend well pretty much anywhere. Think smoothies, your morning brew or baking. 


Want to give them a go...

Try our Misty Day Plant Potion Shroom Blend. This is the new wave way to start your day - get into this shroomy blend and add it to your morning brew! This blend contains both Lions Mane and Chaga mushrooms that will help support your physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing.

Try our Misty Day Plant Potion Moon Blend. Moon blend helps create a beautiful nightly ritual to soothe your spirit before heading off to bed. A night time potion, with the soothing and calming shroom, reishi, alongside the hypnotic zizyphus to guide your mind off to sleepy town, ashwagandha to help fade the stresses of the day behind you and  spellbinding vervain to guide you on your path ahead through dreamland.

Try our Misty Day Plant Potion Power Blend. Power is a confident pink blend designed to support a healthy heart and all the things that it promotes like oxygenation, performance and living well. It also has two energy boosting adaptogens in it and an immunity tonic herb?!

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