Chaga is an incredibly complex mushroom, and it contains an enormous list of benefits people can take advantage of. Traditionally it’s been used as a bit of a tea tonic that can do wonders for enhancing wellbeing. In this article, I’ll cover what these strange mushrooms are, how they benefit us, the potential risks that come with taking them, and where you could buy Chaga mushrooms in Australia to try them yourself.
Buddhist Shaolin monks have been known to use an ancient mushroom called Lion’s mane to enter deep states of meditation. It’s due to its unique ability to both calm and stimulate the mind allowing for greater focus and relaxation. Although outside the world of mystic meditators, Lions Mane is a powerful medicinal mushroom for everyday Australians that can provide benefits to enhance your health.
Are you a mushroom lover, or does the very thought make you sick? Mushrooms are one of those foods you either love or hate. The internet is widespread with fierce debates arguing over its taste and texture. I dare say it might be more controversial than pineapple on pizza! Although did you know that mushrooms are also used as medicine? Yep, that’s right. For thousands of years now, a category of mushrooms known as medicinal mushrooms has been used to fight off infections, boost the brain, calm the nervous system, enhance energy, and much more.
Almost 2000 years ago in China, a book called ‘The Divine Husbandman’s Classic of Materia Medica’ detailed the benefits of turkey tail mushrooms as a medicine for treating disease. In Mandarin, it is known as ‘Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing’, and it contains a collection of all the medicinal herbs and plants physicians used to heal people from various conditions.
‘The Mushroom of immortality’- that’s what the people of China called reishi mushrooms over 2000 years ago.
Its documented use as a medicine is dated back as far as 220AD in China. This was found in a book called ‘Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing’, and it was one of the first pharmacology books in China to describe the collection of medicines used to treat disease. (keyword didn’t properly fit here, but its better the content makes sense then to stuff it in)
There are some common questions we get asked a lot about Lion’s Mane. Chances are you have had similar questions.
Question 1: Does it matter where the mushrooms are grown?
Yes. Mushrooms are super absorbent and will take in toxins from the air and from water. For this reason it is extremely important to know that your mushrooms are grown in a pollution free environment and with clean water. Our Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Turkey Tail do not leave Victoria at any point in the process.
There is a lot of confusion about whether an extract or a whole food is better.
The first thing to consider is what are they trying to sell? Someone is always going to say the product they are selling is the “best” and the most “potent”.