Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop
Humans have had a sacred relationship to medicinal mushrooms throughout time. The oldest naturally preserved mummy, Otzi the Iceman, was found with two medicinal mushrooms on his body. There are mushroom cave paintings and statues dating back over 3,000 years ago in cultures all over the globe. Mushrooms have been the core of some religions and cultures, and have been the root of some holidays including Christmas.
Whether in the woods or in our kitchen, mushrooms play a vital healing role. In the natural world mushrooms help to decompose waste on the forest floor and protect trees from pathogens. In human bodies medicinal mushrooms produce compounds to counteract exposure to environmental toxins and help increase the body’s ability to fight disease.
We in the west are in an exciting time where we are seeing a resurgence of the use and love of mushrooms. One way we can ally with these powerful healers everyday is through the use of medicinal mushrooms. Especially when it’s getting colder and sickness is so easy to get, having mushrooms in one’s diet is crucial for a healthy mind, body, spirit.
Medicinal mushrooms contain polysaccharides, beta-glucans, triterpenes, phenols, sterols, statins, indole compounds, enzymes, and more to be immunomodulating, anti-cancer, antioxidant, antihypertensive, cholesterol-lowering, liver protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, psychotropic, antimalarial, anti-protozoal, and much more.
Medicinal mushrooms can be extracted and put in almost any everyday product you can think of. From soup stocks, teas, tinctures, chocolate, coffee, soap, lotion, kombucha, entree dishes, smoothies, gummies, capsules and much much more! Learn the healing benefits of around 12 different key species in the medicinal mushroom world that you can ally with to bring more medicine in your life! Get hands on to make our own tea, tincture, powder, capsules and more!
This workshop will cover:
- 12 different medicinal mushrooms including: Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, shiitake, oyster, Lion’s mane and more
- Making medicinal mushroom teas
- Making medicinal extracts
- Discussing differences between medicinal products, mycelial based and fruiting body.
- Medicinal compounds found in mushrooms
- studies and books to refer to
Take home an ounce of dried shiitake, an ounce of dried reishi, and an ounce of dried chaga to make your own medicinal mushroom medicine!