Medicinal Mushrooms of the UK

I love mushrooms, they are one of my favourite things.
This weekend I went on a magical mushroom walk in Colchester with an organisation called Wild Light (you can find them on Facebook at Wild Light UK).
The walk was collecting, identifying and then eating a feast of wild mushrooms, and what a feast it was!
I was thrilled as there were people there that I could quiz about the medicinal mushrooms , such an incredible group of foods.

So I am going to talk to you about a couple of the ones we saw growing there;

Maitake – hen of the woods.
This mushroom is amazing! It helps cell growth, protects the liver, helps to lower blood pressure and aids detoxification, especially when it comes to carcinogenic cells.
Wow, what an amazing mushroom and it grows in the woodland of the uk so you can forage it for free at this time of year

Turkey Tails- this is a bracket mushroom which grows in the UK.
It is a highly researched mushroom and has numerous studies as to its anti-cancer properties, as well as its anti malaria properties.
A great document on the specific research done on it can be found here; http://wildbranchmushrooms.com/turkey-tail

Reishi Mushroom.
This is another bracket mushroom. In fact, I found out that all the bracket mushrooms that grow in this country have medicinal properties and are safe to consume.
Reishi is know as the king of immortality and has been used for thousand of years in Chinese medicine. It’s is an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body to deal with stress.

There are so many more and I will keep adding to this for you to learn more about this incredible kingdom of fungi.


Hormone smoothie

As a woman, I noticed that after my second child my PMS started to get worse. I started to feel a real rage every month, about 3 days before my period would arrive. At first I didn’t put two and two together and just thought that I was going mad, then I started to notice the pattern. This was the first step.
I began to look at why this would be happening when my diet is very healthy.
PMS is a sign of mineral deficiency in the body, so this was the first step I felt in tackling this rage to replenish my body after childbirth and extended breastfeeding.
The second thing I found out was that we are all having a diet with bad estrogens – so xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens (not all phytoestrogens are bad though, just some)
By having a large amount of these bad estrogens in our body we block the production of progesterone and testosterone.
So our first steps are to cleanse and remineralize.

Here is a recipe for just that, more recipes are to come on this subject.

Raw Cacao Hormone Balancer;
2 tbs of raw cacao powder (uplifting and full of magnesium)
1 banana (potassium and slow release energy)
2 tbs of shelled hemp seeds (full of essential days)
1 raw beetroot (removes bad estrogens)
2 tbs of coconut sugar, raw honey or maple syrup (low Gi ways to sweeten)
1 tsp of greens (I recommend marine phyto plankton, Chlorella and blue green algae but use whatever you have access to)
1 tsp maca powder (gives energy and balances hormones)
1 tsp of reishi mushroom powder (immune boosting, remover of bad estrogen (optional))
2 cups of water

Place in a blender and blend until smooth, then drink.
This drink is nicest served chilled so why not add some ice cubes when blending?