By Misty Day Plant Potions
Mushrooms. They are polarising things. You are basically in one of two camps with them. The "I would happily eat them everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of my life" camp or the "Don't come near me with those weird things, they are in the mould family, for pities sake" camp.
And to be honest, they are kind of weird. Although most folks think they are plants, nestled in with the celery and spinach in the fridge, they actually are not. They are in their own lil funghi family as they cant make their own food like plants, they absorb it from their surroundings and they don't breathe carbon dioxide like plants- they breath oxygen like us. Spooky....
Lion's Mane Mushroom
Anyway- we humans have been eating them and getting their benefits for many thousands of years. In fact, Otzi, the 5000 year old iceman discovered in 1991 was carrying both a tree shroom for firestarting and also another birch tree dwelling shroom which was though to have been used as an antiparasitic (those were wormy times).
This birch tree shroom is thought to be a close relative of the modern day Chaga (nonotus obliquus). Chaga is a black parasitic funghi that lives on birch trees. It is a very potent antioxidant and contains immune stimulating polysaccharides so is second to none for supporting those with immune system dysfunction, inflammation and digestive issues.