Mushrooms: they are as fascinating as they are mysterious! Today, we want to spotlight some of our favorite mushies for our home apothecaries and connect you with a FUNgi freebie of the tincturing type that will serve as an excellent resource for your herbal studies.
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While the scientific community has dubbed the study of fungi as one of the “last frontiers” of biology, one thing we know for certain is that mushrooms can make a valuable addition to our home apothecaries and wellness routines.
Mushrooms contain a variety of active constituents that support wellness and, get this, balanced immune function. Fungal polysaccharides have exhibited immune-modulating, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities, while phenolics and terpenoids display a reduction in oxidative damage at the cellular level.
Recipe Adapted from Guido Masé
Dried, chopped mushrooms
100 proof vodka
Food-grade vegetable glycerin
- Divide dried and chopped mushrooms into two equal parts.
- Prepare a tincture by covering half of the mushrooms with a menstruum composed of 70% alcohol (100 proof vodka), 20% glycerin, and 10% water.
- Allow to steep 4-6 weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain. Prepare a decoction by combining the second half of the mushrooms with twice the volume of water than what you used for the total solvent volume of the tincture you made. Simmer the decoction for at least one hour, preferably 2 or more. Keep adding water as needed during the cooking time.
- Strain the decoction and continue to simmer the liquid until it equals the amount of strained tincture. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Combine the liquids from the decoction and tincture, with the end product roughly 25% alcohol by volume.
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