5 Life-Saving Medicinal Mushrooms Growing in Your Backyard [FIELD GUIDE]

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1. Birch Polypore

Birch polypore can be found, as the name suggests, growing on birch trees. This beneficial mushroom forms a single attachment to the birch, as showcased in the nearby image.

Used most commonly in a tea or as a tincture, birch polypore is a multipurpose mushroom that every survivalist should know about! You can make a birch polypore plaster that wraps around a wound. This is ideal because of the mushroom’s anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties.

Other medicinal properties that are attributed to birch polypore include it being anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, styptic, anti-parasitic and even potentially anti-tumor.

In other words, if this is the only medicinal wild mushroom you find, it will be able to fulfill several roles. Birch polypore is bitter and slightly sweet tasting, and it mixes well with elderberries in a tea.

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