In the Pacific Northwest, fall means rain, and rain means mushrooms. The fungi family offers us an amazing and colorful array of foods and medicines. Today, we’ll talk about which mushrooms and lichens make good medicine and how you can make use of them at home. Our guest herbalist is “Dandy” Alese Colehour, joins us to guide the conversation about the wonders of medicinal mushrooms and and lichen.
Fungi we discussed
- Turkey Tail
- Artist Conk
- Usnea lichen
- Lungwort lichen
Techniques we discussed
- Making a Mother Extract
- Harvesting and Identification
- “Fungi Medicine: Mushrooms Offer Real Therapeutic Value“
- “Add Usnea to Your Herbal Medicine Chest to Fight Bacteria, Fungus, and Infection“
- The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America by Robert Rogers and Solomon P. Wasser
- Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide by Martin Powell
- Medicinal Mushrooms: A Clinical Guide by Martin Powell
- Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets
- Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets
- All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora
- Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora
Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed the term analgesic, how it’s used on the pharmaceutical world and in the herbal world.
Analgesic herbs we discussed:
Herbs in the News:
The Journal of America Medical Association, also known as JAMA Internal Medicine, published an article entitled, “Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010,” on August 25, 2014. We discussed the results of the study as well as the statistics on opioid analgesic use and overdose cited on the Center for Disease Control website.
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