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Erin Bunch

Dec 3, 2021

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Stressed TF Out? These 4 Mushrooms Can Save Your Sanity

Plus, seven stress-busting shroom products to see you through the holiday season.

Life comes at you fast; one day, you're happily sitting at the kid's table inhaling mashed potatoes without a care in the world, and the next you find yourself occasionally agreeing with Ebenezer Scrooge (Bah humbug, indeed!). In adulthood, the entire holiday season is basically like being trapped inside Trader Joe's on the day they release their seasonal products—exciting and a bit magical, but also chaotic and unnecessarily expensive. Still, coping doesn’t have to involve flasks, fights, or booking the first flight to anywhere-but-here; to temper stress over the next few weeks in a healthy manner, you can instead simply stuff your stocking (or stock your stuffing) with reishi, lion’s mane, cordyceps, and ashwagandha mushrooms. 

These functional fungi have been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine due to their adaptogenic properties, which can help your body naturally moderate stress sans RX. Modern science shows that each of these individual shrooms has its own unique stress-busting superpowers, too. 

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Reishi mushrooms, for example, contain properties that can help combat stress by improving sleep quality, decreasing fatigue and irritability, and lowering blood pressure. Lion's mane—affectionately known as the pom pom mushroom because, well, it looks exactly like a pom pom—meanwhile, has been shown to help alleviate depression and anxiety, improve sleep quality, boost cognition, and reduce inflammation (often caused by stress!). The third shroom, cordyceps, is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and it contains compounds that provide a (likely much-needed) boost of energy, too. And finally, ashwagandha has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase stress tolerance overall.

Incorporating these four shrooms into your routine can help you manage all the shopping and baking and gathering and oh sh*t, I forgot about this scene in Love Actually and now I'm stuck watching it next to my grandmother that comes along with this, the most wonderful time of year, so that you may actually be able to enjoy its wonder. Shop our seven favorite stress-relieving mushroom products below.

Stress-Busting Shrooms

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Chill AF Cacao

$

29

USD

Few things warm the soul quite like hot chocolate, and this adaptogenic version remixes the traditional winter beverage with calming reishi and ashwagandha mushrooms.

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Mycro Calm Honey

$

65

USD

If you’re tempted to reach for something sweet in times of stress, this raw honey is your best bet. It’s infused with a cocktail of stress-relieving shrooms including reishi, lion’s mane, cordyceps, ashwagandha, and more. It’s also laced with cacao and vanilla, so rest assured your sweet tooth will be satiated.

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Ashwagandha Grummies

$

17

USD

Making earthy mushrooms into palatable gummies is no small feat, but Grummies pulls it off with these candy-like ashwagandha supplements.

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Chocolate Reishi Nut Butter

$

13.39

USD

If you like Nutella but don’t love anxiety-inducing sugar spikes, this reishi-infused, cacao-laced nut butter will shortly become your new favorite spread.

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Mojo Microdose Soft Chews

$

30

USD

These mixed-mushroom gummies aim to approximate the effects of psychedelic shrooms, without the trip, using 100 percent legal ingredients including cordyceps and lion’s mane along with other natural mood-enhancers like L-Theanine and caffeine.

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Reishi Tincture

$

40

USD

If you’re one of those “so busy” people—because who isn’t, when modern life demands you schedule out *literally* every second of the day?—this easy tincture can help you manage your mood on the go. Ingest it directly or add it to water, coffee, milk, smoothies, or even soups.

From the brand:

Our Reishi tincture is a potent and bioavailable dual extract that is made to be taken everyday.

For millennia, Reishi has been regarded as the "Elixir of Immortality” and Queen of functional mushrooms. Reishi has been shown to be adaptogenic - helping support energy and resistance to stress - and may support sleep, the immune system and liver function.

Rainbo mushrooms are sustainably cultivated in Canada.

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Teelixir Reishi Mushroom

$

37

USD

This calming powder supplement, which also relies on reishi, can be mixed into liquids as well or even added into baked good for a little mushroom microdose.

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