Reishi Mushroom Tincture Health Benefits, Mycoremediation, and Harvesting Hints*
Much adoration for reishi comes as no surprise. Since ancient times, reishi has been a staple in natural herbs and mushrooms used to support health far and wide. Its name comes from Japanese, translated as “divine or spiritual mushroom.” Depicted in ancient texts across the Asian continent, reishi also finds itself depicted in more traditional and royal art than any other herb or mushroom. It is precisely because of its supportive properties that its use has been passed down by every generation. In this article, we’ll highlight some reishi mushroom tincture health benefits, ways to use reishi to support the environment, and even a few tips when looking for reishi near you.
Reishi Mushroom Tincture Health Benefits*
If you are looking for a mushroom that is second to none in terms of its functional support, look no further than reishi! Reishi has been shown to support immune function and acts as an adaptogen, meaning it supports the body during times of occasional stressors. The immune supportive properties of the mushroom have been identified to be more than 100 polysaccharides and over 100 triterpenoids, which come from both the fruiting body and mycelia, with more of the active compounds being found in the fruiting body.
There is also a well documented reports on how reishi promotes normal inflammation responses — one of the most sought-after reishi mushroom tincture health benefits.* With all of reishi's properties considered, it's no wonder this mushroom is a go-to for overall wellbeing and whole system support*. To activate these effects, polysaccharides and triterpenoids both should be present, which is exactly what a double-extraction tincture process results in: both water and alcohol-soluble constituents present in the final extract. This is the process we use for our reishi simple formula, so that you can access maximum reishi mushroom tincture health benefits!
Beyond Reishi Mushroom Tincture Health Benefits: Mycoremediation with Reishi*
In addition to the many reishi mushroom tincture health benefits available to the humans who consume it, there are some compelling uses for the mushroom in the context of supporting the environment.
Tradd Cotter, avid mushroom farmer and myco-advocate, envisions reishi mycelium as a potential source of mycofiltration of water due to its extremely high tensile strength. Reishi also has the ability to catch particles and microbes in its mycelial net, adding to its desirability for use in water remediation projects. While this application is exciting, we encourage anyone who is experimenting with mycofiltration to consult an expert since it could actually make the problem worse without careful execution and monitoring. Furthermore, reishi has the ability to bind to substrates with an impressive persistence that it can result in an almost foam-like material! The material has performed so well, there are a number of start ups creating biomaterials with reishi mycelium.
Harvesting Hints when Looking for Reishi
Reishi is a slow growing mushroom. You don’t have to wait for a fully fruited mushroom body, however, as reishi can be harvested at any stage in its development. Mature specimens that are collected before they release spores, but still have their growing edge, dry and preserve well, and have the benefit of retaining the energy that would otherwise be expended after having gone through spore production. While reishi is quite distinctive, if you are not knowledgable about foraging mushrooms, we encourage you to verify the ID before consuming teas or extracts made from your foraged mushrooms.
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