4 Mushroom Tinctures That Can Improve Anyone's Health

Earlier this summer we launched our four mushroom tinctures: Red Reishi, Turkey Tail, Chaga and Lion's Mane. As these have become some of our most popular mushroom products, we would like to share with you an in-depth guide to Tincture use and some other thoughts to ponder along the way.

Why A Daily Regimen Is Important

What makes a habit a habit? Repetition! It seems that some habits are better than others in maintaining emotional and physical health. When we repeat the same action over and over as a piece of everyday life it becomes not only a piece of who we are, but good habits also create a high level of discipline that can transcend throughout all aspects of leading a happy life.

Throughout history many different cultures introduced the use of exercise such as yoga or military training, sports, musical concerts or culinary events into daily life to promote community and togetherness. Little did early humans know that they had stumbled upon the key to a successful society: citizens who were happy and healthy naturally, by living a regimented yet flexible lifestyle. Specifically, food and nutritional habits can be traced to the roots of prosperous human existence.

Incorporating Mushrooms Into Your Daily Routine

As always, let's talk mushrooms- which are considered one of the world's most beneficial superfoods that can be added to any sort of lifestyle regimen to promote wellness. Let’s take a look at historic use of the following mushrooms to find evidence as to why we should continue these usage traditions today.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) was first discovered in the Changbai Mountains in Ancient China around 300 BC, and was known as an herb of great medicinal use. Teas, soup broths and other recipes became incredibly prolific as this culture incorporated the use of mushrooms into everyday life to benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties and vitamins and minerals; potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, iron, zinc, and copper to name a few.

Reishi was not the only popularized mushroom consumed habitually by culture's past, as Chaga (Innonotus obliqqus) also deserves to be mentioned as it was and continues to be used in a modern context by indigenous peoples in Russia. The Khanty people from a region historically known as "Yugra" within in Russia used Chaga in a variety of ways. They drank it to aid in digestion, help make them feel fuller and to detox. The Khanty people smoked it, believing that it improved lung health. They also used Chaga as a soap, due to it's anti-inflammatory properties, it helped soothe their skin sores.

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) has become more popular in a modern context as historically it was used as a Chinese medicinal herb similar to Reishi. Lion's Mane Mushroom (or Hedgehog Mushroom historically) is rich in rare and important components, especially beta-glucans and polysaccharides, which are responsible for anti-cancer, immuno support, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Used for centuries as a tonic and health treatment, Lion’s Mane is native to China, Japan, North America and Europe and can still be found/used today.

The final mushroom in this lineup is Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor). This mushroom is perhaps the most convoluted in nature when it comes to historic use. For example, The Japanese government approved the use of Turkey Tail mushrooms in the 1980s for treating several types of cancers, and it is currently used along with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It was also shown to significantly extend survival at five years or beyond in cancers of the stomach, colon/rectum, esophagus, nasopharynx and lung (non-small cell types) in Japanese trials since 1970 (http://turkeytaildefense.com/how-was-turkey-tail-mushroom-viewed-in-history-or-what-is-the-historical-usage-of-ttm). Modern uses of this mushroom are not unfamiliar to indegenous peoples of Asia, as they may have been using Turkey Tail mushrooms in elixirs, etc. for more than 2,000 years!

Do these examples sound familiar to how modern humans can incorporate mushrooms into a daily regimen? The connection between historical use and modern possibility is exciting, if our ancestors consumed these powerful medicines provided by nature, that seems to be a great reason to explore the benefits for ourselves!

 

Frequently Asked Mushroom Tincture Questions

Where do mushroom tinctures originate from?

Tinctures were first recorded to have been used around 1000 AD. Alcohol was distilled and used to extract the powerful chemical properties of herbs and mushrooms alike.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Mushroom Tinctures:

  1. If you are interested in losing weight and keeping it off- Chaga is currently being studied for its capabilities of being appetite suppressant. Because it contains fiber in many forms, Chaga can help make you feel fuller, leading to a decrease in calorie intake. This helps you to lose weight in addition to a healthy diet and exercise program.
  2. Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail and Lion’s Mane all contain antioxidants, which help relive the oxidative stress within your sore muscles after a long day.
  3. Chaga contains polysaccharides which can give you a buzz-free, crash-free, natural energy boost
  4. Reishi contains compounds that support a calm mood. This is the perfect mushroom for calming your body down before bed, ensuring that you will sleep peacefully.
  5. Lion's Mane mushroom is a nootropic; which means it supports your brain. It can improve concentration, memory, and help your brain in releasing those feel-good hormones such as dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and more. We hope to explore and research more benefits of nootropics in future blog posts!

What method of chemical extraction does Birch Boys use?

Our tincture process is a dual extract with hot water and alcohol. First, the mushroom soaks in 190 proof, gluten-free Everclear for 6 weeks. Then the mushroom / alcohol mixture is put into an evaporator and an equal amount of distilled water is added. This simmers for 12 hours, and more water is added each time that the liquid in the evaporator reaches 50% of its original volume. Afterwards, the mushrooms are sifted out and the remaining liquid is put into our glass tincture bottles.

What makes Birch Boys mushroom tinctures different from others?

Our dual water and alcohol extraction process creates a clean and impurity-free mushroom extract with a taste that blends well with anything it is added to. Our wild-harvested mushrooms are gathered from the most pure North American semi-arctic forests within the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY. Our proprietary sourcing alone sets the industry standard for quality.

How do I use the mushroom tinctures?

Simply put 5-10 drops of tincture into hot or cold beverages 3-5 times per day. Add to soups or broths, smoothies or yogurts for a subtle mushroom flavor. Get creative! There is nothing you can’t add a mushroom tincture to! Specific dosage questions should be directed to your healthcare professional. Listen to your body to determine the maximum dosage.

Can pets use the mushroom tinctures?

YES! Healthy pets are happy pets.

Can I mix and match tinctures?

We encourage you to do exactly this! Take advantage of the tincture bundle, containing Chaga, Turkey Tail, Lion’s Mand and Reishi Tinctures. This concept can be fun for those who are interested in experimenting with beverage creation at home. Send us your wildest brews and you may be featured on our website!

How should I store my mushroom tinctures?

Ideally, your tinctures should be kept in a cool, dark location (such as a pantry). Do not freeze tinctures or expose to prolonged sunlight or high temperatures as ingredients can become ineffective. Tinctures do not have a shelf life time span and can be kept for upwards of 10 years.


Take this guide as a reference tool and explore the many uses of Mushroom Tinctures! If you have used Mushroom Tinctures in the past, please reach out to use to share your experience. We are always looking for interesting recipes, beverages and overall creative uses for mushroom tinctures!

 

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