The 4 medicinal mushrooms we have added are the following:-
Ancient Reishi, Artist’s Conk or Ganoderma applanatum – powerful antibiotic and immune-modulating mushroom that has been shown to have 100% tumour inhibitory action on certain types of cancer. Increases spleen cell antibody activity. Can grow for decades absorbing years of forest wisdom and potency and reaching a huge size. White ergosterol on the back of the mushroom makes great artist’s canvas and can be inscribed upon using finger or sharpened stick – hence the name “Artist’s Conk”. Ancient Reishi has a sweet, smoky flavour and is a particular delicacy of gorillas living in Central Africa (Hint – we can do far worse than to mimic apes when it comes to our food choices!)
Turkey Tail or Trametes versicolor – contains PSK and PSP – both cancer-fighting polysaccharides that have proven to be extremely successful against breast and prostate cancers. Turkey Tail, as with other medicinal mushrooms, also contain Beta glucans, the long-chain polysaccharides that super-boost immunity. They do this by mimicking bacteria – and this in turn kick-starts our immune systems into “super-active” mode.
Cinnabar Polypore or Pycnoporus cinnabarinus – also immune-boosting, but also very helpful in addressing circulation issues.
Chaga or Inonotus obliquus – King of the Medicinal Mushrooms – is a super- powerful tonic herb. It only grows north of the Arctic circle, mainly on birch trees – from which it concentrates the betulin, betulinic acid and lupeol, the medicinal components of birch. Chaga is an incredibly powerful antioxidant (and is in fact the highest source of the super-antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase) , is anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating, It also detoxes the liver and lowers bad cholesterol levels, as well as offering a myriad of other health benefits. As with all the other mushrooms in our tea mix, the chaga is also wild-harvested.
All of these mushrooms contain long-chain sugars or polysaccharides and it is these polysaccharides that provide the powerful immune system boost in our bodies, providing us with protection against both acute and chronic disease.
In Chinese tonic herbalism, goji berries are added for their polysaccharide content which boosts immunity. They also aid digestion and increase the major youthening human growth hormone (HGH) in the body.
We have also added vanilla pods and powder to our Tea Mix, which impart a deliciously sweet, fragrant taste so that you end up with a tea that is a delight to your taste buds (and doesn’t taste “mushroomy” at all!) Vanilla is also a mood-enhancer.
Licorice root is added for its harmonising effect on the tea – it brings all the flavours together. Not only that but licorice has many pharmocological actions – including anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, antibacterial and anti-cancer effects. It helps regulate estrogen/progesterone ratios in women and also helps replenish adrenal function, so it is a highly recommended herb for fatigue.
(Special note – if you suffer from high blood pressure, licorice can exacerbate this condition. In this case you may choose not to put the whole piece of licorice root in your tea and only use some of it instead. On the other hand, if you suffer from low blood pressure this can help correct and balance the problem).
Sometimes we add Usnea,"Old Man's Beard",
Vanilla pod & powder, Himalayan salt for flavour.
All mushroom, except for Chaga, are sustainably wild-harvested on our Knysna forest farm, all other ingredients are organic.
Why Wild and Organic?
All mushrooms are wild-harvested in the Knysna Forest and all other ingredients are certified organic. Both wild-harvested and organic plants require greater natural protection against predators, resulting in them producing far more of the compounds that we are then able to enjoy as medicine. They are also a lot more mineral-rich. Wild-grown plants are also infused with the energies of the natural environment they have grown in – and this wild, natural energy automatically gets transferred to us when we take these plants into our bodies, making us stronger and more in touch with our wild, natural heritage.
How to use AFM Superhero Immune-Boosting Tea Mix
Each packet of Superhero Tea Mix can be boiled up twice before it starts to lose flavour and colour. That means that each packet of tea makes a total of at least 32 cups of awesome, super-delicious, health-giving tea!
Empty contents of packet into a large, good quality, stainless steel or ceramic pot. Add 4L spring or filtered water. Let it stand for 1 hour before bringing just up to the boiled, then simmering gently for at least an hour. Pour through a strainer into cups. Sweeten with honey if wished. And for an extra Superhero boost, add 1-3 droppers or our Wild Red Reishi tincture to each cup. Warm tea can also be used as a base for raw cacao drinks or cool tea as a base for shakes, smoothies, etc.