Birch Polypore (Fomitopsis betulina) liquid dual-extract
Liquid dual-extract (30% alcohol). ± 25 000mg used per bottle, 500mg per 1ml serving
- Birch Polypore (Fomitopsis betulina) fruitbody* dual-extract
- Filtered spring water
- Food-grade, certified organic ethanol (Karoo agave spirit)
* Wild-crafted in the woods of Northern United Kingdom.
Our dual-extracts are made with two high quality solvents in three extraction phases - cold water, ethanol and hot water. To honor the true spirit of craftsmanship and herbalism we create our liquid extracts in the traditional way of slow extraction by first soaking mushroom biomass in 43% alcohol for a minimum of four weeks. The Birch polypore pieces are then removed from the alcohol and gently steeped in spring water for 4-8 hours. Finally, the tincture and hot-water extractions are filtered and combined to create a potent elixir of bio-available compounds with a total alcohol content of +- 30%.
A single 50 ml bottle of dual-extract should last approximately 50 days, with a daily dosage of 20 drops. For those who may have alcohol sensitivities, we recommend dropping your dosage into warm water to evaporate the alcohol before drinking.
About Birch polypore
Birch Polypore is one of the mushrooms found on Otzi the iceman. The oldest preserved mummified iceman in the world found near the alps. He's older than even the pyramids and Stonehenge and carried only a few things with him. Things you would generally expect a man living in those times to carry. Most interestingly to us, is that he carried with him two dried fungi, the Hoof fungus and Birch polypore. Outside of the fact that these two mushrooms were found relatively often in the alps, the question remains, why did he carry them and what purpose did they serve? Our thoughts immediately go to the well known medicinal properties of these fungi, but could there already have been knowledge of such uses and benefits all the way back then? Perhaps the medicinal use of mushrooms far predates our current estimates. It is worth a mention that both of these fungi have uses outside their medicinal application. The flammability of the fibrous hoof fungus was used to carry embers for long distances during a time when the portability and access to fire meant the difference between life and death. The birch polypore was used as a styptic, knife sharpener and as a carrier of fire. Since we have other tools for those purposes today, we can focus on using this mushroom for its well known and sought after medicinal and nutritional qualities.
We use Birch polypore mostly as an anti-parisitic remedy. This fungus also offers most of the benefits Chaga does due to the fact that they both are found growing on Birch trees. It's anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antiviral and immune-modulating qualities are well documented. This fungus has a very grounding effect when taken with Turkey tail. They seem to compliment each other perfectly.
When to take Birch polypore?
For a general up regulation of biological function and immunity, we take Birch polypore daily to reap most of the benefits from it. Since this mushroom is a rare resource for us here in South Africa, we choose to keep some aside for times when we need to specifically treat infections or do a parasite cleanse. It's a good mushroom to keep on hand for such occasions.
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May the Fungi be with you.
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