This was really what started my interest in elixirs, Reishi mushrooms. I had heard of Reishi mushrooms as a child and knew of their revered use in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Also, upon becoming pregnant I heard of Reishi Babies, or babies who’s mothers consumed Reishi during pregnancy. In Asia, many mothers seek the herb as an immune builder for them and the baby. Something Master Teeguarden said, (a widely recognized Master Herbalist in America) who dubbed the term “reishi babies” really spoke to me.
I saw some of these children, older and newborn, and they appeared uniformly calm and focused. The infants had little or no inflammation on their face or hands, cried little, and appeared to take in their surroundings with incredible acuity.
And after having a colicky kid, I thought what the hell! Reishi has been used for thousands of years in pregnancy with no documented ill side effects, and I feel, personally, the limited use will be of benefit and of no harm. However, as always, speak with a doctor or your naturopath before consuming any adaptogens or supplements.
The Reishi mushroom is known as the “mushroom of immortality” as it supports radiant health, longevity, and works synergistically with the body, mind and spirit. This ancient fungus is an adaptogen; meaning it promotes homeostasis in the case of stress response, mostly by recharging and supporting your adrenals (which are responsible for releasing the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline and other hormones.)
If under chronic stress your adrenals are then put under a lot of pressure and begin to function improperly. This overload of stress hormones can lead to a variety of illnesses and conditions, ranging everywhere from skin conditions, to chronic fatigue, inflammation, digestive disorders anxiety and depression, cancer, sleep, weight and memory problems as well as heart problems.
Wow. Thats kind of scary. I can also say, from experience, adrenal fatigue is no joke, and after addressing it with herbs I felt AMAZING. Having properly functioning adrenals was legitimately life changing.
Along with supporting adrenals, Reishi also has a laundry list of other health benefits, and protect against other illnesses and dysfunctions including;
Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)
Frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.)
Food allergies and asthma
Digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome
Tumor growth and cancer
Viruses, including the flu, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis
Heart disease, hypertension, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
sleep disorders and insomnia
Anxiety and depression
Reishi is not the only mushroom with benefits. Another mushroom is Chaga, or the “King of Plants.” Chaga has immense immune enhancing properties, antiviral abilities, and high levels of antioxidants.
Chaga can help with:
Purifies the Blood
Lower high blood sugar
Lowers stress response
Combat abnormal and mutagenic cell growth
Repair DNA damage
Enhances hair, skin, restores more youthful appearance
He Shou Wu is another one on the list. This root has been used to restore youth, vitality, longevity, and is considered a rejuvenation food.
Calms nervous system
Rich in Iron/Zinc
Strengthen red blood cell membranes
Improve brain function
Enhance immune system
And last but not least is Cordyceps, which is also a fungus and is often used as a rejuvenation tonic. It is beneficial to those recovering from illness, chronic stress, and fatigue. It was a toss up between Reishi and Cordyceps when I made my first purchase, as the main reason I was experimenting with elixirs was because of my fatigue. Unfortunately, I had to quit my adrenal support supplements upon becoming pregnant, and coupled with growing a human being, I was very, rejuvenation tonic that is often used by those who are recovering from illness, extended periods of stress, and general feelings of fatigue. very tired.
Cordyceps can help treat:
Respiratory infections like chronic bronchitis
Coughs, colds and the flu
Reproductive problems and sexual dysfunction
Bladder infections and urination problems
Low circulation and irregular heartbeats
Heart disease and high cholesterol
Chronic fatigue syndrome and low energy
All of the information collected, and photos used, was from the website Root&Bones, and that is also where I purchase everything. They are a reputable company, with organic and wildcrafted fungus. I have been very pleased with my purchase and can’t wait to make more!
Just a disclaimer, this is not sponsored, just totally my opinion. Although, that would be cool if it was!
Hope you enjoyed, and if you make a purchase I hope you love it as much as I have.