Queen of the Kingdom
Our latest spagyric contains the Queen of the fungal kingdom, Reishi or what the ancients have called the herb of deathlessness. Reishi, the Japanese name for a complex of fungal species in the genus Ganoderma, has been utilized in Asian folk traditions for thousands of years. Reishi contains adaptogens, which act to normalize the body, promote homeostasis, optimize metabolism, and improve resistance to a variety of disease factors.
Today the lab we expanded Ganoderma multipileum and Ganoderma carnosum cultures into jars, for our own personal cultivation fun. We have found that growing out Reishi is one of those simple joys of life. We do not use cultivated Reishi in our spagyrics, yet we do enjoy watching it grow.
Last year I opened up Reishi bags all over the western half of the United States, everywhere from the Avenue of the Giants in Redwood State Park to the Badlands of South Dakota, and even out there in the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. Reishi has always been close to my heart, and I now know that apparently I enjoy taking it with me on road trips too.
Reishi in bags are like octopi in jars, quite crafty buggers that will eventually attempt to escape their container. Whether they bust out through the air vent as an amorphous blob, or lodge their gangly arms into a corner and manage to find a weakness in the plastic and push their way out.