Funky, funny fungi. No, we’re not talking about those kinds, though a recent study has shown that magic mushrooms in small doses might help with depression. We’re talking about the kind that you can safely ingest without psychedelic effects, but that are loaded with health benefits.
We turned to Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine, and our go-to for all things health, who shared her mushroom mastery with us well as reasons why we should consider adding mushrooms to our health and beauty routine.
“As we go into winter, cold and flu season and another possible lockdown, one of the best botanicals are the fungus among us. Mushrooms pack a punch for so many reasons. Medicinal mushrooms are a source of many beneficial phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins in Western countries," says Trattner.
“In recent years they have become extremely popular in the West, so much that now coffee like drinks are made from them and other food and beverage products. They have tremendous efficacy treating diseases while not conflicting with western medicine protocols. Mushrooms have been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years before they became popular here. Mushrooms are also prized for their longevity giving properties," Trattner continued.
There are many different types of mushrooms and to find out more about each individual type, check out Dr. Trattner’s post, which breaks them all down. Keep reading for our mushroom must-haves.
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MUD\WTR, We are self-confessed espresso addicts, but we were willing to swap out of daily coffee beans to try this coffee alternative. While we will admit to being a bit skeptical at first, it was love at first sip. MUD\WTR has 1/7th the caffeine of coffee, yet provides natural energy, focus without the jitters and as for the taste it’s heavenly. The blend of Cacao with Masala Chai, Turmeric Sea Salt Cinnamon along with four different mushrooms including Lions Mane, Chaga, Reishi, and Cordyceps, brilliantly mixes to deliver a cup of chai with hints of chocolate and cinnamon. And added bonus, the packaging is really smart, and we’re a sucker for that. The 30-day starter kit comes with a 30-serving tin, USB rechargeable frother, free guidebook, free sample of MUD\WTR dairy-free creamer, free stickers. $40.00, https://mudwtr.com/, @drinkmudwtr
We all (should) know by now that keeping our bodies hydrated is essential, but if you’re struggling to get in your ounces, try adding in BareOrganics Energy Superfood Water Enhancer. This unique blend includes Organic Cordyceps Mushroom along with other adaptogens like Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Maca, Organic Siberian Ginseng, combined with a proprietary green boost bend of Organic Japanese Matcha, Organic Green Bean Coffee Extract and more. $4.99 / 5 pack, https://bareorganics.com, @bareorganicssuperfoods
Mushroom scented cologne? Yup! It exists and it's shockingly delightful. Demeter, the scent makers that have a library of more than 300 different fragrances inspired by everyday objects and experiences, delivers a fragrance that is earthy yet sweet, and we’re into it. $2.40 - $24.00, https://demeterfragrance.com, @demeterceo
No need to worry about smelling like a funky fungus when using Each & Every Geranium & Snow Mushroom Natural Deodorant, a natural, aluminum and baking soda-free (also free of all other ingredients that can harm the body) deodorant that is infused with Snow Mushroom extract, which works to keep underarm skin nurtured. This unisex scent marries sweet and floral top notes with warm, woody base notes to create a fresh herbaceous scent. $15.00, EachandEvery.com, @eachandevery