The uses and benefits of mushrooms are so numerous
Mushrooms look like plants but they are not, they are part of a group of organisms called fungi. Lots of species and subspecies of mushrooms and there are many clubs that specialize in hunting mushrooms and teaching many things about them. They do not get nutrients needed for growth through the process of photosynthesis like plants do but rather they get their nutrients from dead and decaying organisms. Saprophytic nutrition is what this process is referred to. Mushrooms have been consumed for a very long time, the ancient Egyptians believed consuming mushrooms brought about long life and they also used it for medicinal purposes, the ancient Romans consumed it because they believed it strengthens them and the Greeks called it “The Food of the Gods”.
Asides from the fact that mushrooms have a great taste, they are also very nutritious. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol free and contains some vital nutrients including potassium, vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D, and E), riboflavin, proteins, niacin and selenium(a nutrient that cannot be found in most vegetables and fruits) and fiber. Mushrooms have been discovered to fight the growth of cancerous cells especially in the breast and prostate gland. Mushrooms are very low in calories which is very important in weight management. As well as for dietitians that prefer to take food that are fat less and low in sodium, mushrooms are a great option.
Mushrooms are also very important in the prevention and treatment of some chronic diseases like high blood pressure, Parkinson, high risk of stroke and Alzheimer because they act as antioxidants that protect the body cells and strengthen the immune system. Mushrooms consumed on a daily basis have been proven to increase the immune system more effectively than any pharmaceutical drug. Consumption of mushrooms gives a healthy complexion and hair, lowers weight and increases energy. Mushrooms are a good option for managing the blood sugar levels, mushrooms are known to balance the blood sugar levels hence reducing the risk of having diabetes. A type of mushroom called Lions’ Mane has been discovered to cure short term memory and improves visual recognition memory.
Different types of mushrooms are available and each having a distinct taste and effect when consumed. Certain mushrooms are used mainly for medicinal purposes and some are mainly for consumption. Mushrooms are considered as medicinal plants because of their incredible health benefits. It has also been proved that mushrooms can cure asthma, mushrooms is actually taking the lead in plant medicine. Most of the nutrients that gotten from both fruits and vegetables can be provided by mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms as mushrooms for medicinal purposes are called contain beta-D-glucan; a polysaccharide. These are very vital in modulating the immune system. Different ways of preparing medicinal mushroom; it can be cooked into food or made into a syrup or a tea for consumption, it can be taken as capsules in powdered form. The most cultivated and consumed mushroom is the Button mushroom.
Magic mushrooms also called psilocybin mushrooms or psychedelic mushrooms have been discovered to produce hallucination or vision quests when consumed. They are dark-spored and can be found growing in the woods and meadows of the tropics and sub-tropics. It has been used for a long time for divination, healing and visions across different cultures. Scientist have since been trying to understand how magic mushrooms can produce a mystical experience but notwithstanding, it can also be used to treat varieties of behavioral and mental disorders. Also helpful for people who want to quit alcohol and smoking addictions.
Magic mushrooms contain psilocybin and psilocin, which makes it difficult for it to be abused as the effects become weaker as it is used more frequently. Another magic about psilocybin mushrooms is that it has not been known to cause addiction. The effects of magic mushrooms are felt after about thirty to sixty minutes after consumption and can last for about 3 to 6 hours the effects include emotional and mental clarity as well as some euphoric sensations as claimed by some users. The effects tends to get stronger with time so hallucinations tend to occur at the latter point of consumption. The effects can vary from one person to another but most describe it as a positive and insightful feeling that causes mental healing.
Psychedelic Mushrooms for Mental Health
Mushrooms has been an important plant in Shamanic healing which is the process of therapeutic healing with the use of plants thereby forming the foundation for drugs and therapies for a very long time. Psilocybin mushrooms are plant medicines because they act on the nervous system thereby healing the brain before healing the mind in turn. Psychedelic mushrooms has been to increase the production of vitamin D in the body cells, this reduces the chances of being depressed.
Entheogens for Soul Retrieval
Shamanism is the ability to enter into another realm to interact with beings while still maintaining full consciousness. There are different ways a Shaman (a person practicing shamanism) can embark on his shamanic journey. One of this means is through the use of Plant medicine, one of the most common being the magic mushroom because of the therapeutic feeling. In Shamanic cultures, plant medicines are regarded as spiritual entities, they make use of it for their healing powers and chimerical or visionary states. Some of the things experienced when magic mushrooms are used in Shamanic healing includes; change in sight, the person starts seeing things in different way, there may also be a change in the color intensity. Another thing experienced is a change in body feelings, a body tingling and warmth is felt at that time, and usually emotions begin to change and one starts feeling hes in connection with some spiritual beings.
The use of magic mushrooms to fight depression is very effective and soothing, the usage is different from that of shamanic healing. For people that are depressed, it is advisable they take one fourth of a gram or lesser of magic mushroom every three days. The effects include enhanced mood (no more mood swings), focus and creativity will be improved without having to spend long hours inactive to achieve a therapeutic feel.
Different entheogens are used for different ceremonies but the mushroom especially psychedelic mushrooms has a variety of usage. It is used in the plant medicine ceremony, a plant medicine ceremony is the process of the shamanic journey into the spiritual realm, a healing plant is usually used to achieve that. It is usually undergone by people searching for spiritual growth and healing. The plant medicine ceremony is usually conducted by a trained, competent and qualified Shaman. There are some routines that must be achieved before a person can engage in the plant medicine ceremony. Some of these include; no use of any mind-alerting drugs, and no alcohol for 3 days or longer meat or alcohol before the ceremony.
As stated Shamans refer to psychedelic mushrooms as spiritual entities, those willing to participate in the plant medicine ceremony must let the plant lead them, they must be a complete surrender to it and things like chemicals in drugs, mobile phones, alcohol all cause a disconnection to the spiritual real and must be avoided before and during the ceremony. Involvement in the plant medicine ceremony is not forceful, the person who wants to participate must be willing and prepared for the outcome of the ceremony. The spiritual state of the participant is very important.
Plant Medicine Ceremony
If the participant sees the plant medicine ceremony as an avenue to get stoned in a legal way, the whole ceremony will be of no effect but if the participant’s wish is to deal with his issues spiritually and mentally and agree to engage in all the required and relevant process, then the person will achieve spiritual and mental healing. So three very important necessity before the commencement of the plant medicine ceremony; The preparation of the plant medicine, the state of the participant and the state of the Shaman.
One of the most important part of the ceremony is the preparation of the medicine plants, it is a great responsibility of the Shaman and it requires knowledge, power, pure spiritually and complete focus. The success of the plant medicine ceremony is dependent on the Shaman as well, there will be no healing neither will the person experience growth rather there will be issues in the person’s health and spiritually.
Scared Song for Mushrooms
Each plant has a sacred song that must be sung during the preparation and the ceremony. The preparation of the medicine plant is a very crucial process, no negative thoughts or conversations must take place where the sacred plants are prepared because everything said during the preparations of the medicine plants will go into the brew and bring about negative effects. Preparing the plant medicine accurately is very important.