Add Usnea to Your Herbal Medicine Chest to Fight Infection

oldmans beard moss on tree limb

Usnea (Usnea hirta and others) is a common, charismatic lichen found in Cascadia as well as many other forests across the globe. Its netted, hair-like body is created through a symbiotic relationship between algae (Chlorophyta) and fungus (Ascomycota). There are many species of usnea, but the one of highest medicinal value, sometimes called Old Man’s […]

Fungi Medicine: Mushrooms Offer Real Therapeutic Value

Shitake Mushroom

Fungi are more closely related to us than they are to plants. This means their physiology has distinct therapeutic potential, since many of the molecules they produce are evolutionarily compatible with our own bodies. Mushrooms, the fruiting body of fungi, have been widely popular across many traditions for thousands of years. In addition to edible […]