Open Hearted

reishi mushroom tea growler

Last weekend I picked up a growler of Reishi Mushroom Tea from Ascended Grounds at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

That sentence makes me so happy on so many levels. Let me deconstruct the ways:

  1. Reishi mushroom tea! Something I learned about in nutrition school but never actually saw in the real world
  2. Issaquah Farmer’s Market – one of the few markets I’d never hit up. I wish I had a punch card, I’d be that much closer to winning the prize for visiting them all.
  3. A growler! It’s what the cool kids call a to-go jug, ya’all. Usually used by micro brews to take home fresh beer, but we’re seeing it now for cider and other home brewed beverages.

Anyway, back to to the tea. Reishi mushrooms have been said to combat aging, treat arthritis and other forms of inflammation, detox and fortify the liver to fight allergies, and – despite being a fungus – anti-fungal. (That’s like coal being cleansing, right?) They are also beneficial to the cardiac system, the respiratory system, the liver, and to the production of bone marrow. (I got this all from the Ascended Grounds website, check it out.) And it tastes good, in an earthy, woodsy sort of way. Very hearty, like a vegetable broth.

Um, yes please. I’ll take some of that.

Now here’s the weird thing. The owner, James, said that drinking it would open my heart. He told me about a lady who brought her growler back and said she needed to take a break from the Reishi tea because it was making her cry too much.

That was a little scary, to be honest. But I liked the idea of an open heart, and I like to think that pain is purifying, and good to get out of my system. Better to feel it then let it fester and hide. So I gave it a try.

And you know what? It did make me cry. But not in a bad way. Not in a “woe is me” or “boil the bunny” kind of way. More in a “poor little lamb for past hurts” and “my life is so full of goodness today”, gratitude-laced sort of way.

Want to know what’s in your heart? Pour in some Reishi mushroom tea and see what comes out. It may surprise you. And fortify your body while it’s at it. Two for one!

Happy drinking.

xoxo,
Sondra

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