Uses of mushrooms for the winter


Winter is the season of slowing down, conserving energy and planting the seeds of intention. This period encourages us to get comfortable with spending more time sleeping and dreaming. It is a period of pause to explore restoration, inspiration and purification. After a long, energetic summer and rich autumn, it is important to welcome this season with open arms and take time to bathe in relaxation. Read more to learn about the uses of mushrooms to welcome the calm of winter.

Winter: The North and the Earth

In many traditional herbal practices in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is associated with the direction of North and the element of Earth. North is the direction of elders who impart wisdom and share stories, and Earth is the element of gravity, grounding and stability. As we draw on this traditional wisdom and move into this age, we can refer to these words as reminders. We can often get caught up in the culture of constant production, movement and obligations, but it’s important to be kind to ourselves and make room for rest and relaxation.

How can we access this part of ourselves in a society that doesn’t seem to be slowing down? Don’t just survive this winter, thrive this winter by getting in touch with your yin side! Read a book on the sofa next to a large window during the snowfall. Intentionally plant seeds through journaling, meditation, yin yoga, or other mindful practice to commit to growth at the time of movement in the warmer seasons. Take the time to make herbal and mushroom teas and soup stocks!


Mugwort is a great herb to use during these long, cold months to connect and embrace deep dreaming.* Mugwort is an ally of ancient memories and (according to traditional usage) lucid dreaming to help us dive deeper into ourselves.*

Cedar The leaves are known to be useful for connecting with ancient wisdom, as well as for journeys between the physical and spiritual worlds.* Burning cedar leaves can be used to go deeper into yourself and connect with your ancestral roots .*

Hawthorne is a delicious, soothing berry that provides immune and calming support to stimulate the spirit and mind.* This herb supports the nervous system and promotes sweet dreams and restful sleep for occasional insomnia.*

Reishi is a bitter mushroom known to support longevity and a restful sleep for occasional insomniacs.* Studies have shown that this mushroom can support a natural transition to sleep and healthy circadian rhythms.* Long term, one of the best uses of the Reishi mushroom is supporting energy and endurance.* Fuel your body with this delicious mushroom this winter to support healthy rest*

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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