If there ever was a rabbit hole to fall into, it would have be the mysterious and magical world of medicinal mushrooms. The mycelial kingdom is a fascinating example of the innate intelligence of mother nature. Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is no exception. Resembling nothing like your traditional cap-and-step mushroom, this mushroom looks less like a mushroom, and more like it should be gracing your living room floor or the top of your toque!
While this mushroom has a silly and unique appearance, the health benefits are nothing to joke about! Medicinal mushrooms are known specifically for their health-enhancing compounds that not only support deep immune function but also help with hormone balancing and stress. They also have antiviral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory effects. The medicinal benefits can mostly be attributed to the polysaccharides and triterpene saponins present in the mushrooms, specifically beta-D glucans. These beta-D glucans act by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which in turn help your body resist infections.
In addition to the adaptogenic and immune modulating effects, Lion’s Mane is unique in its essentially mother nature’s gift to your nervous system. Lion’s Mane contains two nerve growth factors (hericenones and erinacines) which stimulate the regeneration and remyelination of nerves. These compounds help improve memory and cognition, and also show promise in the treatment of many conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, brain and spinal cord injuries, anxiety and depression.
The Harmonic Arts Lion’s Mane Dual Extract Powder is a convenient way to incorporate the benefits of Lion’s Mane into your life! The dual extract mushroom line is superior in that it uses both a water and alcohol extraction method to derive more medicinal benefits from the mushrooms than just a steam extraction alone. These extractions are more bioavailable for the body, meaning you will be getting more medicinal benefit out of the mushrooms. Not only does the Lion’s Mane Dual Extract Powder taste good, but it mixes easily into drinks like coffee or tea, stirred into oatmeal, added to smoothies or blended into a herbal elixir tonic like the following recipe.
The Lion’s Mane Chai Elixir is a creamy and delicious way to enjoy the benefits of this incredible mushroom.
1 Tbsp Whole Chai Blend
500 ml water
1 Tbsp coconut cream (coconut cream is the top layer from a coconut milk can that has been chilled in the fridge)
1 tsp coconut butter (or can sub coconut oil)
1 Tbsp tocotrienol powder
1-1.5 tsp honey
Cinnamon and cardamom powder to top
Start by simmering 1.5 Tbsp of the chai blend in 500ml of water on low-medium heat for about 20-30 minutes, for a strong chai flavour
Strain off the tea and pour into a blender
Add the Lion’s Mane powder, coconut cream, tocotrienols, coconut butter and honey to the blender.
Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds
Pour into your favourite mug and sprinkle cinnamon and cardamom powder to top.