Cinnabar Bracket Tincture
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One of the easiest mushrooms to spot, this brilliant fungus shines through even in the densest of woodlands. This mushroom is highly abundant, found throughout South Africa - with no known look alikes except its brothers in the same genus ‘Pycnoporus’ - all of which are used interchangeably with very similar benefits. P. cinnabarinus occurs in cooler, temperate regions within Europe & North America - only localized to the northern hemisphere. P. sanguineus occurs in warmer, tropical regions within South America, Southern Africa & Australia, as well as regions of Asia. P. coccineus occurs in temperate areas of Australia & New Zealand & finally P. puniceus is a rare species found in only Southeastern Asia & Malaysia. This mushroom is incredibly useful & is perhaps one of the most used bracket fungi in the modern world - P. sanguineus is used for industrial, cosmetic & medicinal purposes.
A pigment extracted from the caps called cinnabarin is used in textile industries for the partial & complete de-colorization of certain dyes as well as colorization of certain fibres. Other industrial uses of this species include testing methods for wood treatment products & enzymes used in bio-remediation for the breakdown of crude oils. Cinnabar brackets have also been used extensively in traditional medicine - this mushroom has been used to treat fever, reduce swelling & inflammation, & most importantly as an antidote to toxins in the body
Desert Aborigines of Australia sucked on this mushroom to cure sore mouths, throats & to treat ulcers, they also rubbed it inside the mouths of babies with oral thrush, as well as adults with sore lips In my discussions with various traditional SA healers i've discovered that this fungus is commonly used for acne - a paste is made & applied onto an affected area - this has some grounding in modern science due to this mushrooms powerful antibacterial benefits Science has discovered that the pigments of Pycnoporus strains; cinnabarin, cinnabarinic acid & tramesanguin are the main components, & act as antioxidants, free radical scavengers, antifungals, anticarcinogens, they are also immunomodulatory, larvicidal, have leishmanicidal activity & most notably just like ancient cultures suggested it has powerful antiviral, antibacterial & antiinflammatory activity. The tropical cinnabar bracket also is being used in medicine for the absorption of certain heavy metals contained within the blood stream & organs of the body.
Anti-tumor effects of polysaccharides extracted from this fungus inhibited the growth of Sarcoma 180 & Ehrlich solid cancers by 90%. More over cinnabarinic acid has been shown to possess strong apoptosis-inducing activity ( A type of cell death in which a series of molecular steps in a cell lead to its death. This is one method the body uses to get rid of unneeded or abnormal cells. The process of apoptosis may be blocked in cancer cells ) Cinnabar Bracket mushrooms also displays antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococci), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhiand & Staphylococcus aureus
The tropical cinnabar bracket is abundant all over south africa - mainly areas near water ( as relative humidity should be high ) they are easy to identify & highly medicinal , we advise all to also try dying textiles from this mushroom at least once. When creating a dye from this fungus we suggest grounding dried mushrooms to a bright orange powder. Depending on the mordant used, the end result is a rosy tan to light orange. You can also chop them up while fresh & put them directly into water to “steep” for several days. The mixture is then brought to a boil for the dye bath. When no mordant is used, cinnabars dye from beige to orange depending on the concentration of the dye bath & the length of the boil. We utilize ethically wild harvested & organically grown P.sanguineus when making our triple extract tinctures.
wild harvested cinnabar bracket ± 5 000mg
cultivated cinnabar bracket ± 5 000mg