Turkey Tail Mushroom Tea to Boost Your Immunity

A World in Panic

As I am sitting writing this post, the entire world is in panic mode over the corona virus.  For example, you can’t find toilet paper or disinfectants anywhere.  However, there is one thing you can look to for items to help you during these trying times- nature.

Mushrooms to the Rescue

The natural world can provide us with many gifts to help improve our health.  We just need to know the right places to look!  One such natural gift is the turkey tail mushroom.

Turkey tail is one of the most potent medicinal mushrooms.  It has strong antioxidants which have been shown to boost your immune system and may even help to prevent certain cancers.

That’s right.  Turkey tail can boost your immune system.  Now, I am not saying turkey tail can stop corona virus.  What I am saying is that boosting your immune system right now is not a bad idea at all.

Finding Turkey Tail

Not only is turkey tail super good for you, it is also readily available.  As one of the most common mushrooms in North America, you can almost certainly find it somewhere nearby.  Turkey tail is a saprophytic mushroom, which means that it grows on wood and survives by decomposing the wood to fuel its growth.  I am blessed to have a stump in my front yard that provides me with a constant supply of turkey tail!  If you are lucky enough to find a stump with turkey tail growing out if it too, then you have hit the jackpot!  Because stumps are still rooted into the ground, their roots will continue to draw moisture and nutrients into the wood for a while.  This will allow mushrooms to feed on the stump for many years, and thus provide you with a long-lasting fungal pharmacy.

Turkey Tail Tea Recipe

So, you have found yourself some turkey tail.  Great job!  Now what do you do with it?  Unlike most mushrooms you are probably used to messing with, turkey tail is not a mushroom that you want to just eat.  These mushrooms don’t taste that great.  However, they can be used to make an excellent mushroom tea.  Here is my recipe that I use regularly for turkey tail tea.:

–  Chop 3/4 cup of fresh or dried turkey tail into small pieces.

–  Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric or honey.

–  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then drop it down to a simmer.

–  Add the mushrooms with tumeric or honey to the water and let simmer for 25 minutes.

–  Pour tea into your cups through a strainer to sift out the mushroom chunks.

–  Enjoy and Grow Happy!

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– John Vann

(This post is not meant to be used as a guide to identify edible and medicinal mushrooms. Be careful; do not eat mushrooms that you can not positively identify!)

 

 

 

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