Explore the magic of nature with special ingredients that offer a high level of healing and immune-boosting properties.
DID YOU KNOW?
A mushroom found in mountainous areas above 4,000 metres in Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, the Cordyceps sinesis grows from the body of dead caterpillars. It is also known as Himalayan Viagra 'Yarsagumba', which translates as 'winter worm, summer grass'.
From anti-tumour to antioxidant, the healing qualities attributed to medicinal mushrooms are vast.
Medicinal mushrooms like Reishi, Maitake, and Cordyceps are classed as 'Host Defense Potentiators,' which means they have the ability to increase the body's potential to defend itself against pathogens and infectious diseases.
In Japan, the Reishi mushroom in particular is highly revered for its noticeable effect on immunity, health and vitality, and ageing. In the early days, appointed physicians would go on expeditions high into the mountains to collect specific healing mushrooms for the royals. Beneficial compounds like hemicellulose, polysaccharides, polysaccharide-peptides, nucleosides, triterpeniods, and other metabolites are the compounds used to prevent ageing and cancer. They're known to inhibit and regulate the immune system when it is overactive (chronic inflammatory diseases) or out of balance (stress, allergies, autoimmune diseases).
Recent research has pinpointed a protein-bound polysaccharide that is actively effective against tumors. Other qualities include helping neuron transmission, metabolism, hormonal balance and transporting nutrients and oxygen. Cordyceps Sinensis is classified in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic that nourishes Yin (structure) and strengthens Yang (function). It is likened to ginseng and has been used to strengthen and rebuild the body after exhaustion or long-term illness.
MOON PHASE BREWING:
The practice of creating concentrated herbal formulations in the form of a tincture in accordance with the phases of the moon has been done for centuries.
Starting your tincture on a new moon and squeezing it on the full moon is said to yield a 15% stronger tincture. There isn't any substantive reason as to why this works and it certainly sounds mystical but in practice, it has been proven multiple times.
Brewers believe the gravitational pull of the moon extracts the medicinal properties of the herbs into the liquid solvent more efficiently, and as the moon grows in strength, so do the herbal brews. Commercially, manufacturers don't use the moon cycles as it takes too long and it means new tinctures can only start on a new moon. Many medical professionals claim they see different effects during different phases of the moon. They apparently deliver more babies and see more injuries when the moon is full. A study of British physicians found that visits and emergency calls increased during a full moon and decreased during a new moon. Scientists at University College in London found that epileptic seizures decreased during full moons. Some researchers have theorized that the moon's gravity could have an effect on mood and behaviour by affecting the movement of liquids in the brain.
Although we know pure raw honey has amazing healing, immune-boosting and anti-bacterial properties, the honey pollinated from Manuka trees is said to contain 4 times the nutrients.
Research conducted at the New Zealand University of Waikato found that Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes make up a natural antibacterial hydrogen peroxide. Certain strains from New Zealand are particularly rich in hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone. These properties in Manuka honey are stable and not easily destroyed by heat, light or enzymes in the body.
When buying honey be aware that many products from conventional supermarkets are not much different from high fructose corn syrup. Some of them have added sugar or have the qualities destroyed by high-temperature heating. Look for honey that is raw and unheated. Typical raw unfiltered honey contains Amino acids, B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid), Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.