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This section of our website is currently in the early stages of development, so please bear with us as updates are made. Products available and coming soon include Ayurvedic medicines, Herbal tea blends, Medicinal mushrooms, and other natural care products. See individual product for availability.
We currently have supplies of a variety of medicinal mushrooms, all Sustainably wild-crafted by hand from healthy forests in northern Ontario. We take great care in harvesting our mycomedicinals and always make sure to honor the environments we gather from, giving gifts to the plants we harvest and assisting where possible in the proliferation of beneficial mushroom species in the environments, to ensure future generations will have access to an abundance of medicines. Due to the scale of our operations, supplies may be limited as we have just two members actively harvesting mushrooms, and only when the time between our other endeavors allows us to get out into the woods to harvest.
For small orders please contact us by phone at 647-570-6342
For special orders of large quantities please contact us ahead of time so that we can plan ahead and spend more time in the forest harvesting for your order. (The larger the order the more significant the pre order is; for very large orders please contact us at least 1 month ahead of time.)
Chaga is powerful, because it contains the nutrients—the force of actual trees. Because of their special, biologically potent substances, trees live long, far longer than herbs. Some trees live as long as 10,000 years or more. Thus, they are the most powerful living beings in the world. Concentrating this power, Chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, and this vitamin is needed by the adrenal glands as well as digestive organs. It also contains riboflavin and niacin in significant amounts. In particular, it is highly rich in special phenols which are pigment-like. These phenolic compounds are known as chromogenic complex. Chaga can be up to 30% chromogenic complex by weight. The chromogenic complex is highly protective for all tissues and is only found in Chaga. In the cream base this chromogenic complex is highly protective of the skin. Rubbed on the skin it even helps people develop a tan, because it contains the pigment melanin, the same pigment responsible for dark-colored skin. Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. Yet, its most potent ingredient is a special substance known as superoxide dismutase (SOD). This is an enzyme with great potency. Its function is to halt oxidation, especially the toxicity of a free radical known as singlet oxygen. This is the type of oxygen which is responsible for oxidizing and damaging the tissues, which results in aging. It is the same oxygen which rusts a nail. SOD blocks this damage by quenching the singlet oxygen free radical. The SOD content per gram of Chaga is exceedingly high and accounts for many of its historical powers. Tests performed on North American Herb & Spice’s wild Chaga prove that it contains some 10,000 to 20,000 active SOD units per gram. This is an exceedingly high amount, far higher than that found even in typical SOD pills. The typical SOD pill contains from 200 to 2,000 units per serving. So the difference is considerable. Plus, the type in pills is virtually impossible to absorb, while the wild Chaga type is well-utilized by the body.
This information is just the tip of the iceberg. We could talk endlessly about Chaga which is heralded by many as the king of medicinal mushrooms. As an overall health tonic, cancer fighter, adaptogen, immune booster, skin care agent and much more, Chaga is one of the most powerful and important natural medicines available in the world. The scientific studies are extensive and the available information is exhaustive. We are grateful beyond measure to live in northern Ontario where this super food grows naturally and in great abundance and we are eager to share it with the world.
To get the most out of your Chaga we recommend slow boiling it for at least three hours at low heat, so as not to damage any of the nutrients by overheating. Chaga is extremely dense and merely steeping it like regular tea will have little effect on extracting the medicine. When your Chaga has been prepared properly it should be as black as coffee for the first few brews. Chaga can also be brewed at least 20 times. Once you have boiled it in a tea enough times that it starts to lose its potency, further medicines can be derived from it by putting the Chaga right into a stew or soup to get the non water-soluble compounds into the body, since much of the medicine that can't be dissolved in water remains in the powder that remains after boiling. Furthermore, you can use spent Chaga in an alcohol to create tinctures. If you are uncertain how to best maximize the benefits of Chaga please feel free to contact us for further instructions on how to make the most of this super powered gift from nature.
Our Chaga is available pre-ground at $40 per 150g bag, in chunks at $30 per 150g bag, or bulk orders, specially priced per pound (depending on the desired amount; the larger the order the greater the discount).
Chaga skin care products.
If Chaga is the queen of mushrooms then Reishi is definitely the king (both are referred to as the king and queen by different peoples, sometimes interchangeably). The health benefits of Reishi (also known as Ganoderma) are just as wide and far reaching as its companion Chaga, although differing in nature in many respects. Together Chaga and Reishi are a dynamic duo that are sure to improve your quality and length of life as well as being powerful medicines in the treatment of many conditions.
These mushrooms are very strong antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from the negative effects of free radicals that are formed inside the body by daily exposure to the sun, chemicals, and pollutants. Ganoderma are proven to boost the immune system, especially when taken with other antioxidant supplements. It is believed that Ganoderma can suppress the growth of tumors in people with cancer. It can reinforce the membranes in cancerous cells to keep the tumor from spreading. For this reason, they are often used in efforts to prevent cancers. Ganoderma are also beneficial for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions because they seem to have a healing effect on the lungs. They are good for building respiratory strength and curbing a cough. Ganoderma have anti-inflammatory properties and are therefore used sometimes for patients who have Alzheimer’s and heart disease. This is based on the idea that inflammation plays a part in each of these conditions. The pain that accompanies other inflammatory conditions like neuralgia and arthritis may also be lessened by Ganoderma supplements. As far as benefits for the heart, Ganoderma can improve the flow of blood to the heart and reduce the amount of oxygen the heart consumes. It can help to lower cholesterol and some of the ingredients may help combat high blood pressure. So exactly what is in Ganoderma that gives it so many health benefits? Scientists have learned of one active ingredient, polysaccharides, which contain beta glucan. Beta glucan is known for its ability to enhance the immune system – in fact it is one of the strongest immune system supplements there is. Another ingredient in Ganoderma is triterpenes. The type found in Ganoderma is a ganoderic acid that has been proven in studies to ease the symptoms of allergies by stopping the release of histamines. It also can improve the body’s use of oxygen and help the liver function better.
This information is far from exhaustive and there are far more magical benefits to Reishi. Although some supplements are available we recommend using mycomedicinals in teas to begin with, steeping several brews before either adding the mushrooms to a soup or stew (preferably after grinding to a powder or very small chunks) or draining and drying them and using alcohol to create tinctures. There are lots of medicines in many mycomedicinals that aren't water-soluble and often you can get quite a few brews of tea before they begin to weaken and lose their potency. Mycomedicinal teas can also be used as a base for other herbal teas or for soups and stews if you prefer the to use them in that way.
Our Reishi is available at $25 per 150g bag, or bulk orders, specially priced per pound (depending on the desired amount; the larger the order the greater the discount)
The benefits of Mesima are countless! In Korea this mushroom is made into a tea and drunk on a regular basis. In the Asian countries, the mushroom has been used for hundreds of years to treat diarrhoea, gastroenteric dysfunction, haemorrhage, cancers and other ailments. Mesima is also said to boost the body’s immune system. This is due to the presence of Beta D-Glutan and Lectin. These two polysaccharide-protein complexes possess properties that control the immune system. It is also hailed as having properties that can regulate blood sugar levels. This follows the discovery of a compound known as interfungins A. In short, it is highly beneficial for diabetics to incorporate this mushroom in their diet. It is particularly helpful in controlling Type 2 diabetes.
In treating haemorrhage, the mushroom controls bleeding in ovaries and excessive bleeding during menses, and also stops intestinal bleeding. Research is currently underway to determine if Mesima ( Phellinus Linteus) can control haemophilia. Should the findings be confirmed, it would be a great breakthrough in the medical field. Haemophilia is a genetic disorder that inhibits normal blood clotting. Normally, when someone gets a cut, the open part bleeds for a while as the body initiates the clotting process. Then bleeding stops and the body begins to repair the broken cells. In cases of haemophilia, bleeding continues unabated, and can be fatal.
The extract from Phellinus Linteus has an antioxidant known as hispidin; antioxidants help to clear free radicals from the body. Free radicals can become dangerous in the body if they begin to distort the make-up of normal cells. One such distortion leads to the formation of cancer cells. According to Harvard Medical School, extracts from Phellinus Linteus contain potential anticancer agents. The British Journal of Cancer reported that the Phellinus Linteus mushroom was able to disrupt and curtail the performance of the AKT enzyme, hence preventing further development of breast cancer.
Extracts of Mesima have very important antibacterial properties too. The methanol extracts contain compounds, (CHCl3, n-BuOH and H2O), that fight against bacteria. These particular compounds are extremely valuable because they are able to fight a bacteria that is resistant to existing antibiotics including methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin and oxacillin. This highly dangerous bacteria is called staphylococcus aureus. This bacteria developed resistance to penicillin and subsequently developed resistance to methicillin. Today, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are found worldwide, and most are multidrug resistant. Staphylococcus aureus causes numerous different infections including furuncles and staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. It also causes septic arthritis, especially for people using prosthetics. Among the most serious infections caused by staphylococcus aureus is the infection of the valves of the heart (called staphylococcal endocarditis). This bacterium also causes clotting of blood plasma, a serious condition, since plasma is the liquid part of the blood that helps move nutrients around the body. By effectively clearing the bacteria, the Phellinus Linteus helps to stop any diarrhoea that the bacteria may have caused. This is important because excessive diarrhoea can cause dehydration and shock, and if not treated in good time, diarrhoea can be fatal, hence patients with diarrhoea are put on drip even as treatment of the infection goes on. The importance of the discovery of the anti-bacterial properties of Mesima goes without saying!
Mesima has been found, in a wide variety of independent studies, to have extremely powerful antioxidant and anticarcinogenic qualities and, as with many other mycomedicinals, is undergoing more and more tests which are bringing to light many previously unknown benefits. Mycomedicines are one of nature's most precious gifts to humanity. As with all our mycomedicines we recommend brewing in a tea at slow heat for several hours to make a rich strong brew. You can brew several times then add the remaining powder to a soup or stew to get more medicine and the non-water-soluble compounds into the body, or add to alcohol and make a tincture for further extraction.
Our Mesima is available at $40 per 150g bag, or bulk orders, specially priced per pound (depending on the desired amount; the larger the order the greater the discount)
Mesima skin care products
Miracle Mushroom Mix
Our miracle mix is a special combination of all our medicinal mushrooms. Currently it contains Chaga, Reishi and Mesima, the three main mushrooms we hand pick from the forests of our home in northern Ontario. Many mycologists and natural health care practitioners agree that mycomedicinals are best taken in combination with one another, as a good blend of medicinal mushrooms contains a wide variety of adaptogens, polysaccharides, flavonoids, phenols, minerals and enzymes. Some mushrooms are immune boosting while others are immune modifiers; some mushrooms are richer in minerals and others have antibacterial qualities that help fight off infections. By combining a few strong medicinal mushrooms, health benefits to various bodily systems are achieved. Since optimal health results when all systems in our body are working at their best, we believe that a mixture of mushroom medicine is the very best way to go.
Benefits of the mushrooms used in this mixture are listed above in their individual sections, although these lists are far from complete. It would take a lot more space to give full descriptions of all the benefits of these mushrooms, and there is plenty of information out there to be had. In the future we plan to add some additional medicinal mushrooms to this mix as we expand our operation and discover more sources for mushrooms, as well as our future endeavors into cultivating our own medicinal mushrooms.
Our miracle mushroom mix is available at $45 per 200g bag