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Reishi Mushroom Benefits, History, and Ways to Use Our Favorite Fungi

Reishi Mushroom Benefits, History, and Ways to Use Our Favorite Fungi

Reishi is a beautiful mushroom and a multifaceted herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is regarded as a primary ‘superior herb’, an “herb for the immortals” (and emperors), and is used to nourish the shen - a person’s mind / consciousness and emotional balance. The fungus is regarded as an immune modulator in Western Herbalism, with a special affinity for the lungs, found to both strengthen the immune system and also balance it if it is overactive.  In the eastern US, we have a native species of Reishi that grows specifically on the trunk of dying Eastern Hemlocks. Hemlock is a majestic...

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Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan is an easy to grow adaptogen used for helping the body adapt to stress, increasing clarity and energy, while calming the nervous system. The plant's myriad of uses alongside it's abundant growth habit make it an exciting plant to study and use! 

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Strawberry and Elderberry Syrup Granita

Elderberry

Strawberry and Elderberry Syrup Granita

Filled with fruity antioxidants and immune boosting Elderberry Syrup, this Strawberry/Elderberry Granita is a summer snack that is easy to make, delicious, nourishing, and really fun. 

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Digestive Bitters: Benefits and the Fascinating Evolution of Bitter Taste Receptors

Digestive Bitters: Benefits and the Fascinating Evolution of Bitter Taste Receptors

The Evolutionary Role of Bitters  Did you know that the bitter taste and liver function are intimately tied and rooted in our evolutionary process? Research shows that roughly 200 million years ago our capacity to sense bitterness became embedded in our gene coding. This was likely due to the fact that many poisonous plant toxins are bitter. Humans and other animals that developed bitter taste receptors were better able to discern whether something was safe to eat or not and therefore had an evolutionary advantage over those that did not.  As some of you may already know from personal experience...

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Easy and Delicious Ashwagandha Recipes

Easy and Delicious Ashwagandha Recipes

Ashwagandha is a calming adaptogen that supports our stress response and is especially recommended for those who experience agitation, nervousness, or sleeplessness. It gets its name from Sanskrit words that can be translated as essence of a horse,  which we think is a beautiful summary of the root's energy. Considered to promote a youthful state for both physical and mental health, it is a beautiful tonic that benefits many systems and is suitable for all ages. The flavor is delicately sweet, hay-like, round, creamy, and a bit bitter. While we believe that powdered ashwagandha is a great form of this herb - and the best way to take advantage...

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