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Cordyceps Mushrooms: Ophiocordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps Mushrooms: Ophiocordyceps sinensis

| May 8, 2013

Highly prized  for millennia by herbalists and traditional healers in Asia, the cordyceps mushroom is an extremely unusual fungus with a reputation as a profoundly effective adaptogenic herb that is especially useful as a rejuvenative and for building strength and endurance in those who consume it. Elite Athlete Tonic Like most medicinal mushrooms that have […]

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Lion’s Mane Mushrooms: Hericium erinaceus

Lion’s Mane Mushrooms: Hericium erinaceus

| May 1, 2013

With its thin, snowy white icicle shaped spines which cascade downward to form a shaggy mass, the lion’s mane mushroom is named for its unique appearance, which resembles a pale version of a lion’s mane. Other names by which this mushroom is known include hedgehog mushroom, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, sheep’s head, bear’s […]

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Maitake Mushrooms: Grifola frondosa

Maitake Mushrooms: Grifola frondosa

| April 26, 2013

Commonly called ‘hen of the woods’  or ‘sheeps head’ in the west, in Japan the maitake is known as the ‘dancing mushroom.’  One reason for this name derives from a legend that in ancient times those who found maitakes growing wild in the woods would dance with joy upon discovering them because they were worth […]

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Reishi Mushrooms: Ganoderma lucidum

Reishi Mushrooms: Ganoderma lucidum

| April 24, 2013

The reishi mushroom is perhaps the most well known and revered of all medicinal mushrooms. In the far east it has been used for at least two thousand years, and probably much longer, particularly in China where its benefits were documented in the ancient Chinese text, the Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica, also know as the […]

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Nutrient Dense Foods for Health and Healing

Nutrient Dense Foods for Health and Healing

| April 17, 2013

The term ‘nutrient dense foods’ essentially refers to whole, wholesome, minimally processed foods that come from the earth just as, or very close to the way nature made them. Foods that are nutrient dense are good sources of the vital nutrients our bodies need to thrive, including things like essential fatty acids, amino acids, (proteins) […]

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Chaga Mushrooms: Inonotus obliquus

Chaga Mushrooms: Inonotus obliquus

| April 16, 2013

Appearance Of all the fungi we know as medicinal mushrooms, chaga, which has been dubbed the “King of Medicinal Mushrooms”, is probably the strangest looking of them all. If you were walking in the forest and came upon one, you might not even notice it because it doesn’t at all resemble any other mushroom with […]

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Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinula edodes

Shiitake Mushrooms: Lentinula edodes

| April 12, 2013

Shiitake mushrooms surely rank among the world’s most delicious culinary delicacies. Their meaty, somewhat exotic flavor is deeper and far more complex than that of the more common plain white button mushrooms, and their unique woodsy flavor combined with their ease of cooking and versatility make them a very popular choice for the discerning gastrophile. […]

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Handcrafting Medicinal Mushroom Remedies

Handcrafting Medicinal Mushroom Remedies

| April 11, 2013

Although there are a number of high quality supplements derived from medicinal mushrooms available for sale, many people prefer to craft their own homemade herbal remedies themselves by hand. If you are skilled at wild mushroom identification, you may wish to harvest your own medicinal mushrooms from local woodlands nearby where you live. **Please note […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Remarkably Effective Myco-Adaptogens

Medicinal Mushrooms: Remarkably Effective Myco-Adaptogens

| April 6, 2013

Adaptogenic Herbs Medicinal mushrooms are considered to be tonics or adaptogens. What does it mean to be an adaptogen? An adaptogenic herb is one that both helps us to adapt more effectively on various levels to the stresses of life, and also adapts intelligently to our own physiology. Adaptogens are also primarily balancing to the […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms and Trees

Medicinal Mushrooms and Trees

| April 4, 2013

Mother Nature, with her multifarious organisms and ecosystems, is a complex, interwoven tapestry comprised of the countless interrelationships between all living things. Gaia herself is akin to a living symphony. She is a gestalt consisting of a complex aggregation of myriad biodiverse life forms that are all interconnected with and interdependent upon one another. Some […]

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Mycelium: Underground Forest Steward

Mycelium: Underground Forest Steward

| April 2, 2013

Of all the animals, trees, plants and other organisms living on earth, many scientists consider the  largest single living thing in the world to be a huge Armillaria ostoyae mycelium located in Oregon state. This massive fungal organism spans over an area of approximately 2200 acres, and is estimated to weigh more than 600 tons. […]

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The Role of Fungi in Nature

The Role of Fungi in Nature

| March 27, 2013

Fungi are among the greatest and most powerful transformers of our planet. Transposers of Matter They act as the intermediaries between death and life by disassembling decaying, dying and dead organic matter. The fungus dismantles this material on a molecular level and transmutes the complex physical forms of that which is no longer alive, breaking […]

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Demystifying the Fungal Kingdom

Demystifying the Fungal Kingdom

| March 23, 2013

The Mystical Mushroom Mushrooms seem to have always evoked in us a sense of the mystical. They bring to mind a sense of enchantment and transcendent realms where magical, otherworldly beings like fairies, elves, trolls, sylphs and nymphs reside. The classic, whimsical image of an enchanted mushroom house in the forest may be familiar to […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: Nature’s Ancient Healing Allies

Medicinal Mushrooms: Nature’s Ancient Healing Allies

| March 19, 2013

Along my journey of researching holistic approaches to healing and wellness I’ve come across a wide variety of pretty amazing and astonishingly effective substances, practices, products, protocols and herbs. However when I first started studying and learning about the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushrooms, it soon became very apparent that I was investigating something very […]

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I’ve Been Invited to Speak at the Mother Earth News Fair!

I’ve Been Invited to Speak at the Mother Earth News Fair!

| February 15, 2013

Very exciting news! I’ve just this week been invited to be a speaker at the upcoming Mother Earth News Fair taking place in Puyallup, WA this June! According to their website, the anticipated attendance at this event is 15,000 humans! Although there are multiple stages at the venue, (so there’ll be multiple presentations going on […]

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Category Mania!

Category Mania!

| December 6, 2012

Categories Galore! When I first set out to create this blog I never envisioned that it would turn out the way it did, with such a huge list of sub-categories! As I began to build the site I found there were more and more subjects I wanted to include. And today there are well over […]

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Video Clips – from my talk at the Radical Mycology Convergence

Video Clips – from my talk at the Radical Mycology Convergence

| November 13, 2012

On Saturday, October 20, 2012 I gave a presentation on medicinal mushrooms at the Radical Mycology Convergence near Port Townsend, WA. Here are a few clips:  

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Radical Mycology Convergence

Radical Mycology Convergence

| October 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

  The 2nd Annual Radical Mycology Convergence took place earlier this month on some lovely farmland near Port Townsend, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. The first RMC happened in September of 2011, and it was there that I gave my first ever talk in front of a live audience. The organizers of the RMC, Peter […]

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