This beautiful woodland mushroom is named for the many-colored bands atop its fuzzy cap, resembling the showy plumage found on the tail feathers of the noble turkey. Growing primarily on hardwood logs, Turkey Tail helps to break down old wood in our forests, thereby improving soil fertility and increasing the overall health of our native ecosystems. In a similar fashion, this friendly fungi provides building blocks to our body which can assist us in finding increased health and energy.
We harvest our Turkey Tail primarily from fallen Ash tree logs, leaving plenty of mature fruiting bodies from each patch to continue reproduction. Additionally, since the mushrooms have already released millions of spores before the peak harvest time, we ensure that our harvesting doesn’t impact our local fungal populations.
Turkey Tail mushrooms have been used worldwide for their myriad of health and vitality restorative effects. They have been greatly respected in traditional herbalism for their ability to help our bodies resist infections, by balancing and increasing the innate power of our immune system to prevent and fight illness.
What are the Benefits of Turkey Tail Mushrooms
While the oldest of documented traditional usage has been in preparations for common
respiratory ailments including the common cold and flu, our herbalists favor this mushroom to help increase daily energy levels, improve gut health and promote a feeling of overall wellness among many other applications. However, more recently Turkey Tail has reached super-star status thanks to its abilities to assist in the fight against cancer.
Many leading medical institutions have conducted extensive clinical research which indicate that Turkey Tail shows great promise in battling many different types of cancer including that of the digestive tract, prostate, breast and lungs. Recently, the FDA has green-lighted its own trial to investigate the efficacy of Turkey Tail as a cancer remedy. While useful on its own, many people are finding success in pairing Turkey Tail with other cancer fighting agents, including chemotherapy and radiation.
While we recommend against the use of Turkey Tail for people with pre-existing immuno-compromised ailments, including multiple sclerosis and AIDS, being a relatively safe herb, generally with few to no side effects, we believe that this valuable and powerful ally is accessible to help in many different conditions with benevolent effect!