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Show 7: Medicinal Mushrooms

Show 7: Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms

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

  • Chaga
  • Turkey Tail
  • Maitake
  • Cordyceps

  • Shiitake
  • Chanterelle
  • Oyster
  • Artist Conk
  • Reishi

  • Usnea lichen
  • Lungwort lichen

Techniques we discussed

  • Tincturing
  • Making a Mother Extract
  • Harvesting and Identification
  • Canning

Further Reading

Herbal 101

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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Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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