Delicious and Easy Reishi Mushroom Recipe

Delicious and Easy Reishi Mushroom Recipe

Three Tasty Recipes: A Reishi Mushroom Recipe for Whatever Mood You’re In

Reishi mushroom has a deliciously bitter taste that is comparable with dark chocolate. All of you true chocolate lovers: get on the reishi mushroom game! Reishi’s bitter taste comes from its triterpenes, which support many functions in the body including inflammation, brain health and the nervous and immune systems. At Mushroom Revival, we love to use reishi mushroom for sleep and as an overall daily support tonic – encouraging longevity! Read on for a yummy and nourishing reishi mushroom recipe that fits your taste!

Reishi Snickers Bites

Ingredients

  • 12 pitted dates
  • 48 almonds
  • 1 ½ cups bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 servings powdered reishi extract
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Sea salt  to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the pitted dates in half, and place them on the parchment paper, hole side up. 
  2. Place two almonds in each date half.
  3. Heat the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 10 second increments, stirring after each increment. Once the chocolate is mostly melted, add in the reishi powder, coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt. 
  4. Scoop 1 Tbsp of chocolate mixture over each date and top with a sprinkle of sea salt, if desired. 
  5. Let cool and enjoy, or refrigerate!

For another Reishi mushroom recipe idea, check out this other blog post!

Sleep-Soothing Reishi Truffles

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of milk (your choice if nut, oat or cow)
  • 8 servings of powdered reishi extract
  • 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate 
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 Tbsps dark cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsps hemp seeds
  • Sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat your choice of milk over medium-low heat until simmering. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl, whisking in reishi powder, and an optional pinch of sea salt. 
  2. Add in chocolate and orange zest. Stir until chocolate has melted, then refrigerate until slightly firm, for about an hour.
  3. Combine hemp seeds, cocoa powder and optional pinch of salt in a shallow dish with a tight lid. 
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the refrigerated mixture at a time into a truffle form, dropping it into the cocoa combination and shaking gently to coat. Do this with each scoop, totaling to about 30 truffles, depending on size.
  5. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate!

Reishi Mushroom Chai Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp ground reishi mushroom powder
  • 4 or 5 slices astragalus root
  • 4 cups pure water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp dried orange peel
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp peppercorns
  • 3 star anise
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Milk of your choice
Instructions

  1. Put reishi powder, astragalus root and water in a pot and bring to just under a boil. Cover and keep hot for at least 30 minutes. 
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients, except for milk, and steep on very low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract, if desired. 
  3. Strain into teapot and add honey or other sweetener if desired and pour into a cup. Stir in milk of your choice.

Reishi Mushroom at Mushroom Revival

Here at Mushroom Revival, we use reishi mushroom powder in our Mush 10 powder, which would be a great substitute in any of these recipes for more whole system health benefits. Check out our video on How to Make Reishi Tea and dive deeper into the wonderful benefits of this mushroom! We plant a tree with each product sold – support your health and the health of the planet with your purchase. Spread the spores and create your own revival story, mush love!

Sources:

Cooking with Healing Mushrooms by Stepfanie Romine

https://theeverythingjar.com/2016/12/06/recipe-mushroom-chai-latte/

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Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits Your Belly

Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits Your Belly

Turkey Tail Mushroom Benefits the Diversity of the Gut with Prebiotic Effects

We are living in an age where supporting the gut microbiome is all the rage. In modern health blogs we are learning about how much the gut influences our overall health and its important connection to our brain and immune system. Probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented drinks like kombucha and kefir have become popular for their gut-supporting capabilities and are now more available to the public online and in stores. The word ‘bacteria’ is looked at with less aversion as we gain and spread knowledge about the good bacteria living in our gut. Did you know that mushrooms are now being highlighted for their prebiotic activity? Read on to find out how turkey tail mushroom benefits the gut microbiome.

What is the Gut Microbiome?

The gut microbiome consists of microorganisms, which are mostly bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria help us digest what we eat, as well as absorb and synthesize nutrients. The gut affects so many of our bodies’ important systems such as metabolism, weight, and immune regulation, as well as brain functions and mood. When the balance of our gut microbiome gets disrupted, there is the potential for inflammation to increase, and the risk of other physical and mental disorders can rise.

Learn more about fungi and the microbiome in your gut in this super interesting podcast with Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum.

Based on our environments and habits, each person’s gut looks slightly different, like a “bacterial fingerprint” of you. Diversity in the gut is thought of as beneficial, and seen more often in healthier populations, aiding in the resistance to pathogens. To promote a healthy and diverse gut microbiome, it is essential to eat a nourishing and balanced diet, exercise regularly, support the stress response, maintain consistent sleep and reduce frequency of antibiotics. [1]

Turkey Tail Mushroom History

Turkey tail mushroom can be found in the wild with bands of colors such as orange, blue, white and tan, resembling the tail of a turkey. In Latin, Trametes means “one who is thin,” and versicolor means “variously colored.” 

This mushroom has long been used in Japanese folk medicine as anti-cancer support. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, turkey tail was used to support lung health, excess phlegm and hepatitis.

The Japanese began studying the benefits of Turkey tail mushroom extracts in 1965. They developed Krestin (PSK), which was a popular anti-cancer drug in the 1980’s, and which is still used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The Chinese were then inspired to develop Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP), another type of polysaccharopeptide extract found in this mushroom and used for similar purposes. [2]

Access Turkey tail mushroom benefits, plus the power of 12 other mushrooms and herbs with our Certified Organic Mushroom Immunity Tincture.

Study on Mushroom Prebiotics

Prebiotics are fermented ingredients (essentially dietary fiber) that support the gut by allowing certain changes in the constitution and/or activity in the gastrointestinal microbiota. In a study looking at how the gut microbiome is affected by turkey tail mushroom extract (PSP) compared to amoxicillin, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, it was found that turkey tail mushroom benefits the gut microbiome by acting as a prebiotic and diversifying the gut.[3] 

The study found that amoxicillin treatment caused substantial microbiome changes which lasted until the end of the study, over a month after the antibiotics were being ingested. Instability of the microbiome is associated with poorer gut health. PSK has been shown to provide prebiotic support to gut health as well. [4]

Turkey Tail at Mushroom Revival

Here at Mushroom Revival, gut health is super important to us! We can be found enjoying fermented foods, fermented drinks, and regularly incorporating mushroom medicine into our diets and supplements. Turkey tail mushroom and its benefits can be found in our Mushroom Immunity tincture and Mush 10 powder and tincture. We invigorate the health of the planet and the customer by planting a tree for every product sold. Be a part of the revival story with your purchase!

Sources:

[1] What is the Gut Microbiome? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://foodandmoodcentre.com.au/2016/07/what-is-the-gut-microbiome/

[2] Miller, A. H., & Halpern, G. M. (2002). Medicinal mushrooms: ancient remedies for modern ailments. New York: M. Evans and Co.

[3] Pallav, K., Dowd, S. E., Villafuerte, J., Yang, X., Kabbani, T., Hansen, J., … & Kelly, C. P. (2014). Effects of polysaccharopeptide from Trametes versicolor and amoxicillin on the gut microbiome of healthy volunteers: a randomized clinical trial. Gut microbes, 5(4), 458-467.

[4] Cruz, A., Pimentel, L., Rodríguez-Alcalá, L. M., Fernandes, T., & Pintado, M. (2016). Health benefits of edible mushrooms focused on Coriolus versicolor: A review. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 4(12), 773-781.

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Think Healthier With Lion’s Mane Health Benefits

Think Healthier With Lion’s Mane Health Benefits

Lion’s Mane Health Benefits Have Rocked the Scientific World to the Core

The mighty Lion’s Mane mushroom has a lot to offer, especially for today’s fast-paced and cognitively demanding way of life. In form, this mushroom is quite distinctive, as is its effects on our brains. Lion’s Mane health benefits are many and remarkable. 

Lion’s Mane is a beautiful, whitish, furry-looking mushroom found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It is known by many names – Pom pom mushroom, hedgehog mushroom, and bear’s head mushroom, to name a few. 

This mushroom has iconic teeth that look like cascading icicles which house the spores to help this mushroom reproduce. It’s latin genus is Hericium — in this article we will be speaking about species H. erinaceus.

Lion’s Mane Health Benefits: A Cognitive Hero

As a celebrated nootropic, this mushroom is well known for its neural benefits and support with cognitive function. 

Lion’s Mane mushroom contains several compounds – like hericenones and erinacines – that have been found to induce Nerve Growth Factor synthesis in nerve cells. 

NGF is responsible for the regulation of growth, maintenance, proliferation, and survival of neural cells and promotes long-term health in our body. 

Extensive research on Lion’s Mane health benefits demonstrates that the mushroom enhances neurogenesis, which is the process by which neurons are produced by neural stem cells. In one study where adult mice were administered Lion’s Mane mushroom daily, researchers found it enhanced neurogenesis in the hippocampus – the part of the brain that helps in information synthesis, long term memory, and spatial recognition. (1) 

Only in the last decade have scientists realized that it was possible to grow new neurons or brain cells. The emerging science sheds light on the brain’s ability to continuously change by growing new brain cells and making new neural connections. Lion’s Mane is one of the only natural substances that has been found to encourage this process.

Learn about other Lion’s Mane health benefits in this blog post!

Good News! This Allows for Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change continuously throughout one’s life. This relatively new concept has completely changed the game on how we view the brain’s capabilities as we age. 

Our brains are responding to our environments and experiences in real-time! It’s literally changing its wiring, physiology, and function to adapt to our day to day cognitive and functional requirements. 

That is why learning a new skill, language, or information can so greatly improve brain function. It is also why picking up unhealthy habits, experiencing trauma, or living in a toxic environment can negatively impact the brain and its function. 

Lion’s Mane Can Help Heal the Brain

Dementia and early stages of Alzheimer’s disease have both been linked to low levels of NGF in the brain. For now, these diseases have no known cure. However, with Lion’s Mane health benefits including the support of cognition and the nervous system, studies have shown that Lion’s Mane may be an effective treatment to these debilitating diseases. 

Lion’s Mane Can Help With Us Cope

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety disorders, including insomnia and other disorders that can make it difficult to get to sleep or have restful sleep.These mental and emotional conditions may disrupt our ability to truly wind down and prepare to enter the dream realm. 

In a 2010 study where 30 women were randomly assigned to receive Lion’s Mane or a placebo for four weeks, those who consumed the Lion’s Mane had significantly fewer experiences of anxiety, irritation, and depression.

If you’re curious about how else Lion’s Mane effects could improve your life, check out our Lion’s Mane tincture. Lion’s Mane is also an ingredient in our Manifest, Mycelial Brain, and Mush 10 tinctures

Thanks for following along and geeking out about the health benefits of Lion’s Mane! Check out our podcast and YouTube channels to learn more about the wacky and wonderful world of fungi!

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Organic Reishi Mushroom Has Allergy-Fighting Potential

Organic Reishi Mushroom Has Allergy-Fighting Potential

Using Organic Reishi Mushroom Instead of Antihistamines for Allergy Support

Welcome back to the Mushroom Revival blog! If you’re a first timer, we’re excited you stumbled across our page. This article discusses histamines, antihistamines and what you can do about allergies this spring (without having to suffer the side effects of OTC medicines). Plus, keep reading for a recipe for a delicious and refreshing lemonade with organic Reishi mushroom!

Spring is traditionally thought of as the season of renewal and often paired with the element of wood, having to do with the liver. In this season, we rejoice the longer days, the time of vision and growth after a period of deep introspection in winter. We gather hope and envision renewal as new life pushes through the earth. Springtime is often associated with themes of potential and new growth. It is a time when the seeds of change that we planted and put intention towards in the winter begin to germinate, as the ground begins to unfreeze. 

But for some of us, spring may bring a certain fear with it. Will we be able to enjoy the outdoors? Or will we be stuck inside feeling sniffly and drowsy from antihistamines? Forget worrying about monitoring the pollen report on a beautiful spring day and use organic Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) to support allergies and reduce inflammation!

Check out this blog post to learn all about Reishi — its properties, uses and potential side effects!

Science of the Histamine Response

Let’s dive deeper into the science behind seasonal allergies. When a piece of pollen or other allergen enters the system, the T-cells have the job of cleaning up and disposing of the invader, as well as stimulating the inflammatory response, so the white blood cells can move easily towards the site of infection. Sometimes the immune response does not quickly capture and flush the pollen out of the system, and the body will continue to push the immune facilitation response, releasing more histamine. 

Histamine is released by the cells, stimulating the inflammatory response, contracting the smooth muscle and dilating the capillaries. Acute inflammation is a sign that the immune system is doing its job, protecting and healing our bodies from invaders. Whereas, chronic inflammation, where histamine is being released too often, can often be correlated with auto-immune disorders, like allergies and asthma.

Antihistamines

We’ve all seen the allergy commercials, where someone is outside on a beautiful spring day, amidst the blooming flowers with a smile on their face. The narrator is talking about an antihistamine drug giving them the happiest spring, and then quickly lists off ten or so possible side effects. Often times, we are instructed to take these OTC antihistamine drugs, like Benadryl, Allegra, or Claritin, for seasonal allergies and asthmatic responses. An antihistamine is a drug which reduces or blocks histamines, so they lessen allergy symptoms. 

Common treatments like antihistamines can make you drowsy, among other side effects, and unable to enjoy the new spring energy. Studies have shown that organic Reishi mushroom has allergy-fighting potential, supporting these allergies without causing the negative side effects like the synthetic pharmaceuticals.

Organic Reishi Mushroom

Reishi is a powerful medicinal mushroom that has been found to possess immune-modulating capabilities, supporting homeostasis in the immune system and resistance to common allergens. [1] Reishi is typically known for its bitter taste caused by the terpenoid constituents, which support an anti-inflammatory response. Scientific studies have shown Reishi’s triterpenes inhibit the release of histamine, thus reducing allergic reactions and inflammations. Reishi mushroom has been shown to contain properties that also boost oxygen flow, which is key to those suffering from chronic and allergic asthma.

Reishi Lemonade for Seasonal Allergies

½-1 oz dried Reishi slices

6 cups water

1-2 cinnamon sticks

2-4 Tbsp lemon juice

Optional: stevia, sugar, maple syrup, or honey to taste

Optional: other fruit- lime or orange

Pour the water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil. Place your dried reishi slices and cinnamon sticks in the water and simmer this mixture on low heat for at least 30 minutes. 

Strain the liquid and mix in your lemon juice and sweetener while it is still warm. Refrigerate several hours or until cold. Serve over ice with a lemon, lime or orange wedge to garnish.

Organic Reishi Mushroom at Mushroom Revival

Here at Mushroom Revival, we make a tasty, bitter Reishi tincture to help you support those allergy symptoms. We use 100% organic fruiting bodies in our products, planting a tree for every purchase, encouraging more available oxygen and supporting the body of the planet. Let us be a part of your seeds of intention this winter by gearing up with Reishi before things begin to bloom. Bring your goals and creative energy to fruition with organic Reishi mushroom!

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What are Adaptogens and How Can They Help Us Cope?

What are Adaptogens and How Can They Help Us Cope?

Maybe You’ve Never Heard the Word, or Maybe You’re Dying to Know: “What are Adaptogens Anyway?”

In our current Western society, stress is the cause of many ailments. We are a society fueled by stimulation, starting our morning off with caffeine, the radio buzz and traffic. We are bombarded by stressors on a daily basis. Externally we battle toxins, weather, and radiation, while internally we resist food intolerances, viruses, hormonal imbalances, and pain. We can’t completely prevent all stressors, but we can try to control and support our responses. This leads to the question: what are adaptogens and how can they support the stress response?

Stress and the Body

To dive into the land of adaptogens, it is first essential to understand how the stress response is elicited in the body. When we feel internal or external stress, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, secreting epinephrine and norepinephrine which alert the body by increasing heart rate and perspiration. 

About 10 seconds later, the HPA axis is activated. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex system of chemical communications between the organs and these three glands. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland are located just above the brainstem, and adrenal glands are positioned on top of the kidneys. 

With raised norepinephrine levels, the hypothalamus begins to secrete Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which then tells the pituitary gland to release adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH travels to the adrenal glands via the HPA axis, which then secrete glucocorticoids like cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol is the body’s built in alarm system, which acts on a checking system through negative and positive feedback.

Cortisol

Cortisol is best known for fueling the body’s ‘fight or flight’ instincts in an extreme situation. It works with certain parts of the brain to control mood, motivation, and fear, but cortisol is also important for its roles with metabolism, inflammation, the sleep and wake cycle, and blood sugar levels. 

What happens when there is chronic stress? The body decides that functions, like reproductive activity, that do not help deal with the stressor at hand, become less important and put on the back burner. Elevated cortisol levels also interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, and increase blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease.

Have some support coping with your stress, heal your adrenals, soothe your nerves, and ease muscle tension with our Mush Zen tincture.

What are Adaptogens?

In 1946-7, Dr. Nikolai Lazarev began researching chemical compounds that could improve health by decreasing the negative effects of acute or chronic stress. He proposed the term ‘adaptogenic herb’ in 1957 to refer to a plant that medicinally increases the state of nonspecific resistance to all kinds of stress including physical, mental, emotional, and environmental. 

Adaptogens help the body respond to and resist acute or chronic stress and then restore the system to equilibrium and balance. Scientific studies show that adaptogens work on re-regulating the HPA axis and SAS (sympathoadrenal system), as well as inhibit cortisol-induced mitochondrial dysfunction. 

Adaptogenic plants and mushrooms work on a cellular level to regulate metabolic function, modulate and/or enhance the immune system, and support stabilizing effects on the neuroendocrine system with antistress properties.

Want to learn more about what adaptogens are all about? Check out this blog post: Herbal Energy Supplements: The Power of Adaptogens 

Supporting the Stress Response 

The term ‘adaptogen’ was coined in the mid-1900’s, but this medicine has been used traditionally long before the name or definition came about. Check out our energizing Manifest blend including adaptogens like Cordyceps, Holy Basil and Ashwagandha, or our tasty and detoxifying Myco-Cleanse blend with the five-flavored fruit Schisandra berry!

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The Magic of Cordycepin in Cordyceps Mushroom

The Magic of Cordycepin in Cordyceps Mushroom

Cordycepin: The Magical Compound With Endless Health Benefits

So you’ve heard all about this magnificent mushroom called Cordyceps and a few of its wacky characteristics, like how it colonizes insects and grows out of their bodies or that these little orange mushrooms can give you more energy than ever before. In this blog, you’ll learn more about Cordyceps and what makes it so magical, namely the compound, cordycepin. 

Cordyceps is an entomopathogenic fungus and grows parasitically on different insects. At Mushroom Revival, we work with a locally growing strain called Cordyceps militaris that can be found fruiting out of a variety of insects in the wild.

A National Treasure, and So Much More

Cordyceps has been used for over 1,000 years in China, where it is recognized as a national medicinal treasure, and a precious and sacred tonic. It is traditionally cooked in specialty recipes for health or drank as a tea to provide stamina, energetic vigor, and immune support. Cordycepin is one of the hundreds of compounds that comprise the medicinal properties of Cordyceps, along with sterols, polysaccharides, and more.

Cordycepin is a compound found in Cordyceps and was named after the mushroom. Through scientific research, we are now able to identify and extract it, and it is being studied extensively for its therapeutic benefits. When one ingests Cordyceps, it is cordycepin that is responsible for many of the therapeutic effects, including immune support and prolonged energy.

Interestingly, cordycepin is chemically similar to adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter found in every cell in the body and regulates basic bodily functions, like sleep cycle and energy levels. Adenosine helps in cellular energy transfer by forming molecules like adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP). 

Modern research has shown that cordycepin plays a role in the induction of apoptosis of human colorectal cancer cell lines, breast cancer cell lines, leukemia cells, and melanoma cells. (1) 

Cordycepin is being studied for its anti-cancer properties, including for the role it plays in apoptosis, programmed cell death, and cell cycle arrest, which stops cell proliferation at certain check-points. Cordycepin might be useful for the prevention of cancer by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to inhibit the secretion of pro-inflammatory and inflammatory cytokines. Cordycepin is a potent inhibitor of free radicals.

We love Cordyceps so much that we add it to almost all of our blends. Looking for an added boost of energy to combat fatigue and the effects of stress on your body, check out our Manifest blend tincture- certifed organic and 100% mushroom fruit bodies!

Get the Most Cordycepin Out of Your Tea!

Our friend at Bastyr University, Reishi Strauss, has been conducting tests with our Cordyceps to find the best preparation methods to extract cordycepin. Her studies have found some really exciting results that have been consistent over the last two years of study through testing fresh versus dried, water temperature and brew time.

The studies concluded that the best way to get the most cordycepin is to brew the dried mushrooms for 15 minutes, covered. The trick to getting a quality, medicinal mushroom tea is proper brewing. Longer steep times degraded the compounds while shorter times did not extract nearly enough. If tea is your preferred medium for getting those vital compounds, we recommend 0.5 gram of 100% fruiting bodies per day. This amount will brew a potent 12 oz cup of tea, but you may be flexible with the volume of water and increase if desired. 

Check out this podcast we recorded with Reishi to learn more about her research and the results!

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Feel Truly Rested When You Take Reishi for Sleep

Feel Truly Rested When You Take Reishi for Sleep

Learn How to Use Reishi for Sleep to Become a More Relaxed, Less Anxious You

Who doesn’t want more sleep?! It’s the secret to a happier and healthier version of yourself that doesn’t cost any money and your body does naturally. In this blog, we’ll explore how you can use reishi for sleep.

Sleep Your Worries Away

Sleep is a crucial bodily process that keeps us healthy. Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep, depending on their health, physical and mental requirements, and constitution. It’s true that we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, and that sleep is what keeps us healthy during the rest of our time! While we sleep, many important processes take place including detoxification, bone and blood production, and healthy cognitive processing. Studies show that insufficient sleep negatively affects our memory, concentration and cognition — our brains and bodies need a healthy sleep cycle in order to function well.

Reishi isn’t the only mushroom to support a restful sleep! Check out how lion’s mane can also help us wind down for a better night’s sleep!

Before the invention of electricity, people lived by the Sun, sleeping and waking with natural light. Of course there were also fire and candles, but the range of circadian rhythm was overall much closer to that of the natural world. Our circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock that responds to light, including artificial light. It is important for sleep, hormone regulation, eating habits, cell regeneration, and brain wave activity. While this can vary from person to person, it is important to keep it as steady and natural as possible.

Reishi supports healthy endocrine functions in the body, which regulate hormones like melatonin and cortisol. At night, melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep) is triggered by the darkness and encourages sleep. If we have been using artificial lights, this can prohibit the secretion of melatonin. Reishi is known as a nervine, which can calm and tone the nervous system, promoting more relaxation and better sleep. Reishi for sleep can help us move towards a more natural cycle!

All About Reishi Mushroom

Ganoderma lucidum is a red, bitter mushroom that typically grows in humid, coastal parts of China on decaying stumps of chestnut, oak, and other broad-leafed trees. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” Reishi has traditionally been thought of as being able to lengthen lifespan, prevent old age, and support a youthful memory.

Scientific studies show that the bitter taste comes from its triterpenoids constituents, which are aromatic substances that support an anti-inflammatory response. In traditional Chinese medicine, Reishi is considered a Shen tonic. Shen is a person’s mind/consciousness and emotional balance. Disturbances of the Shen can cause anxiety, insomnia, moodiness, confusion, and irritability. Reishi is used to support a variety of ailments, including asthma and insomnia. Modern herbalists also recommend taking Reishi for sleep support to those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.

The HPA Axis / Stress Response

The hypo-thalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a complex system of chemical communications between the organs and glands; the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. It directly affects and regulates endocrine function, significant aspects of the nervous system, the immune system, cardiovascular function, digestion, and our physiological response to chronic stress. 

Cortisol is released by the adrenals. It is the body’s built in alarm system. Cortisol is best known for fueling the body’s ‘fight or flight’ instincts in an extreme situation, but cortisol is also important for its roles with metabolism, inflammation, blood sugar levels, and the waking and sleeping cycle. 

When the body is on high alert, more cortisol is released from the adrenals with the focus on survival. That means that secondary functions like digestion, reproduction and immunity get put on hold while blood rushes to the eyes, limbs, and brain – heightening the senses, enhancing coordination and improving the chances of survival in a crisis. 

The body naturally balances cortisol once the danger has subsided, and bodily functions go back to normal. But what if you’re under constant stress, and the alarm button stays on?

Chronic stress takes a toll on the body and mind, and can lead to other health problems including anxiety, depression, heart disease, and trouble sleeping. Taking steps to relax the mind and body to cope with stressful triggers can greatly improve the body’s stress response.

Get More Relaxation and Sleep with Reishi Mushroom

As an adaptogen, Reishi can support the stress response by reregulating and reducing excessive cortisol and adrenaline levels. Adaptogens support the health functioning of the HPA axis by regulating the production of hormones like cortisol which can reduce stress. A relaxed and less stressed body allows for better sleep and a healthier sleep cycle.

The triterpenes in Reishi are thought to be responsible for creating a calming effect on the parasympathetic nervous system helpful for sleep. Traditionally, when Reishi is taken for sleep, it has been used to alleviate bad dreams, anxiety and irritability. This mushroom can be sedative short-term, but long-term builds energy and promotes longevity. Reishi is an adaptogen that can support the body’s natural sleep cycle and regulation of cortisol. 

Using Reishi for sleep is a staff favorite here at Mushroom Revival! Our simple Reishi tincture is potent with a delicious bitter chocolatey flavor. You can try Reishi for yourself and see the effects on your state of relaxation and sleep.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:

Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern

Adaptogens – Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston, RH

WebMD.com

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Make the Best Adaptogen Latte

Make the Best Adaptogen Latte

Try this Recipe for a Delicious Adaptogen Latte That You’ll Want to Wake Up For

Making an adaptogen latte is easy and can be a great dietary addition to your daily lifestyle. Follow along to learn about adaptogens, mushroom medicines, and an easy recipe for how to make the best adaptogen latte.

What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body adapt to stress, support normal metabolic function and help restore systemic equilibrium. 

They are unique from other substances in their ability to restore the balance of endocrine hormones, modulate the immune and nervous systems and allow the body to maintain optimal homeostasis.

Adaptogens have a normalizing influence on the body, which means they support the body’s natural homeostasis balancing and help return stressed physiological systems to a more normal state, regardless of the functional imbalance. They can downregulate the activity of hyperfunctioning systems and enhance the activity of hypo-functioning systems.

Want a nourishing meal or treat to pair with your adaptogen latte? Check out this blog post for some delicious medicinal mushroom recipes!

Mushrooms are Adaptogens

Some of our common medicinal mushrooms like reishi and cordyceps are considered adaptogens by herbalists, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, and researchers alike. 

Mushrooms support whole system health in many ways, each in its own unique way. Medicinal mushrooms can support a natural increase in the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional, and environmental stressors and provide a defense response to acute or chronic stress. 

For example, reishi is well known for its potential to support the body in balancing hormones, reducing systemic inflammation, and upregulating the immune system. Reishi has long been used to relax the stress response because of its nourishing and tonifying effects on the central nervous system. 

Many mushrooms have similar balancing effects on the homeostasis of the body and can support multiple organ systems at once. We packed 10 super mushrooms into our Mush 10 powder, making these fantastic fungi bioavailable to your body to support the super you. Our Mush 10 powder is a blend of 10 different mushrooms that are made bioavailable for you to consume directly. We use 100% fruiting bodies — no mycelium grown on grain in our medicine.

Mushrooms are Pre-Biotics Too

An added bonus is mushrooms are also pre-biotics. They help support the health of the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which can create significant improvements in immunity, mood, weight control, hormones, and virtually all aspects of your wellbeing. 

The research on the microbiome (the bacteria, yeast, and fungi on and in our body) is conclusive – these organisms have huge implications on almost all aspects of our health, from cognition to digestion to immunity. That is why we want to befriend our gut and feed it food for life! 

Diet and lifestyle play a huge role in the health of our microbiome and gut. Eating processed foods and taking antibiotics regularly can hurt the microbiome by killing the beneficial bacteria, which gives bad bacteria a chance to grow out of a healthy proportion. Fibers from fruits and vegetables and fermented foods all give the beneficial bacteria a fighting chance to stay in balance, which can provide you with good health and a grounded outlook on life. 

Functional Foods for Life

Functional Foods are foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. We can add supplements like adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms into our basic dishes to enhance their nutrient level and health benefits to the next level. 

Support the life of your microbiome so it can support you! Try this recipe for a delicious and functional adaptogen latte that you’ll want to wake up for.

The Best Adaptogen Latte – The Recipe

½ teaspoon Mush 10 powder

1 Tablespoon cacao powder

½ teaspoon ashwagandha powder

½ teaspoon maca powder ½ teaspoon MCT oil or powder

12 ounces your choice of alternative milk, we prefer oat milk!

In a small saucepan, heat up your choice of milk on a low simmer. In your cup of choice, add the cacao, ashwagandha, maca, MCT oil or powder, and Mush10 powder. Once the milk has been heated to the point of just before a boil.  Pour the milk into your cup over the powders and froth your mixture to perfection. Enjoy it warm!
Our Mush 10 powder is simple to add to almost any recipe of food or beverage. We like to keep ours on the kitchen counter, where it is simple to reach for. There is no easier way to get the benefits of these ten mushrooms – cordyceps militaris, reishi, lion’s mane, chaga, shiitake, tremella, poria cocos, turkey tail, meshima, and maitake – on the daily.

Check out our certified organic Mush 10 powder here!

Thanks for reading friends! If there is any topic you would like us to touch upon let us know in the comments below! And if you try out this recipe, let us know how your adaptogen latte turned out!

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Love, Sex, Magic & Cordyceps Health Benefits

Love, Sex, Magic & Cordyceps Health Benefits

Pillow Talk – Cordyceps Health Benefits in Bed

Cordyceps health benefits are far-reaching and numerous. Cordyceps is a powerful aphrodisiac and adaptogenic mushroom that helps your adrenal system combat stress and fatigue, increase your energy and put you in the mood. That’s why Cordyceps is an essential ingredient in our herbal aphrodisiac tincture. In this blog, we’ll explore what makes Cordyceps such a powerful sexual tonic.

Cordyceps’ Sexy Origin Story

Native to the Himalayan mountains and revered as one of the most treasured treatments in parts of Nepal, Cordyceps mushrooms are a long-known and dearly held tonic medicine of the Mykot tribe known to support a healthy libido, energy, and stamina. 

As the story goes, when spring arrived in the high mountains, the people of the Mykot tribe would take their yak herds to graze at higher elevation. The yaks fed on the fresh spring grass and searched for the cordyceps sinensis mushroom. Then in a frenzy, they would begin rutting. The herdsmen observed the yaks in their energized sexual frenzy and wondered what gave the animals their vitality. How were the animals so vigorous despite the high elevation? Upon closer examination, the herdsmen discovered that the animals were eating an unusual mushroom, one that grew from the body of dead caterpillars. Brave herdsmen experimented with eating the mushroom and found it to be extremely beneficial. From then on it became a desired foraged medicine, worth its weight in gold, that provided increased energy and less illness.

Cordyceps as a Sexual Tonic and Aphrodisiac

Cordyceps sinensis has a long history of use in China as a sexual tonic and has been known and used as an aphrodisiac for almost two thousand years. Cordyceps health benefits include alleviating impotence and erectile dysfunction. These points have also been shown to be true in clinical trials, however, the mechanism is largely unknown.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that Cordyceps works by boosting the jing, which is believed to produce life and allow the organs to thrive. It is said that disharmonies in the jing manifest in abnormal physical maturation, premature aging, sexual dysfunction, reproductive difficulties, and congenital defects. Traditionally, cordyceps health benefits are accessed by simmering the magical mushroom with other herbal medicines or cooked with meats, like chicken or duck.

Check out this blog post to learn about our aphrodisiac tincture, Bow Chica Wow Wow to add even more spice to your love life!

Cordyceps Health Benefits on Erectile Dysfunction, Stamina, and Infertility

Erectile dysfunction is a persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient to complete sexual activity. It is estimated that 10 – 20

million men may have erectile dysfunction. In men who are over fifty years old, more than 50% of cases of erectile disorder can be directly attributed to the buildup of atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels, including in the penis. Other direct correlations include diabetes, blood vessel disorders, liver dysfunction, and depression. (3)

Exciting research on cordyceps sinensis demonstrate an increase in libido. The mechanism appears to be linked to its ability to induce sex hormone-like responses in clinical patients. 

In 1995, laboratory research in Japan demonstrated that Cordyceps mycelium extracts inhibit muscle contractions of the double chamber inside the penis called the corpus cavernosum, which consists of arteries, veins, and muscle tissue. This allowed for better blood circulation to the penis and in turn, erections. 

Cordyceps acts on the libido over a period of weeks or months and can be classified as a sexual restorative. Many studies have been conducted about the positive Cordyceps health benefits on erectile dysfunction. In one Chinese study, where 286 impotent men were given one gram of Cordyceps three times a day for 40 days, 183 patients reported some improvement in sexual functioning. At the end of the study, half the men reported that their sex lives had been partially or fully restored. 

Studies demonstrate that Cordyceps helps boost the body’s ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, providing you with more energy and enhancing stamina for those late nights. It is well known as a lung tonic and can support an increased capacity and oxygen production to increase your athletic and sexual performance.

Cordyceps in Mushroom Revival Products

Cordyceps can be an ally to help keep up the energy and enthusiasm with your special someone. That’s why we include our Western Mass grown cordyceps in our blend of aphrodisiac herbal supplements! Our certified organic Cordyceps are grown and processed with love on our farm in South Deerfield, MA, USA. We use 100% fruiting bodies — no mycelium grown on grain in our medicine. You can access cordyceps health benefits in our most of our blends and as a tasty Cordyceps simple tincture.

Sources:

1 – Cordyceps: Treating Diabetes, Aancer, and other Illnesses by Nathalie Valkov

2 – Healing Mushrooms by Georges M. Halpern

3 – Cordyceps, China’s Healing Mushroom by Georges M. Halpern

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Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Welcoming in the Stillness of Winter

Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Welcoming in the Stillness of Winter

Herbs, Tips, and Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Moving Inward this Season

Winter is the season of slowing down, preserving energy, and planting seeds of intention. This period encourages us to become comfortable with spending more time sleeping and dreaming. It is a time of pausing to explore restoration, inspiration and purification. After a long, energetic summer and bountiful autumn, it is important that we greet this season with open arms and take the time to bathe in relaxation. Read more to learn about mushroom medicinal uses for welcoming in the stillness of winter.

Winter: The North & Earth

In many traditional medicine wheels in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is associated with the direction of North and the element of Earth. The North is the direction of elders passing down wisdom and sharing stories, and Earth is the element of heaviness, grounding and stability. As we harness this traditional wisdom and move into this season, we can refer to these words as reminders. We may often get caught up in the culture of continuous production, movement, and to-dos, but it is important we be kind to ourselves and allow room for rest and relaxation. 

So how can we access this part of ourselves in a society that doesn’t seem to slow down? Don’t just survive this winter, thrive this winter by getting in touch with your yin side! Read a book on the couch by a big window during snowfall. Intentionally plant seeds through journaling, meditation, or another mindful practice (like yin yoga) to manifest growth in the time of movement in spring and summer. Take the time to make some rejuvenating herbal and mushroom teas and soup broths!

Check out this blog post for a delicious, immune-boosting Reishi mushroom broth recipe!

Herb & Mushroom Medicinal Uses for Thriving this Winter

Mugwort is a great herb to use during these long, cold months to connect with and embrace deep dreaming. Mugwort is an ally for ancient rememberings and lucid dreaming to help us dive deeper into ourselves.

Cedar leaves are known to be helpful for connecting with ancient wisdom, as well as travel between the physical and spiritual worlds. Burning cedar leaves can be used for going deeper with yourself and connecting with your ancestral roots.

Lavender is an aromatically calming nervine that helps gently ease an overactive body and mind. This herb is strengthening to the nervous system and promotes uplifting sweet dreams, restful sleep and relief of nightmares.

Reishi is a bitter mushroom, known to support longevity and sleep. Studies have shown that this mushroom may support sleep quality and rhythms, especially in cases of anxiety, nightmares, and insomnia. Long-term, one of the best Reishi mushroom medicinal uses is aiding in building energy and increasing stamina. Fuel your body with this delicious mushroom this winter to get you rested and ready for the next season.

Shop our Mushroom Revival tasty Reishi Tincture in three different sizes!

Dive deeper into mushroom medicinal uses for the stillness and calm of winter energy with Mush Zen Tincture Blend including both Reishi, lavender and other calming nervine herbs. Better yet, grab a Calm/Sleep Bundle with Reishi tincture, Mush Zen and Lion’s Mane!

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 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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