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Issue 38


May 2024

Greetings Enchanted Nature Community

We hope that you're spending time with those you love being enchanted by nature. Please enjoy our latest issue of

The Enchanted Nature Newsletter.

Green is life


"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greetings Enchanted Nature Community,

 The Emerson quote above is true and a testament to the power each of us holds. We can all affect the world in powerfully positive ways by bearing fruit and working to fix what is in need of repair.

From Our Readers

We sincerely appreciate your contributions!

You make The Enchanted Nature Newsletter more interesting for the community.

If any of you see anything enchanting in nature, take a picture and please send it along.

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Eileen Feim contributed two beautifully enchanting photos this month.

Above is an immature Chicken of the Woods Mushroom, Laetiporus sulphureus.

These mushrooms are a choice edible. They are being studied for medicinal benefits

ranging from cancer prevention/treatment to treating inflammation.

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WOW! There is so much to see in the picture above. The log covered in moss with many shades of green is a beautiful backdrop for the orange newt climbing on it. The small tufts of

white fungi are called the Asian Beauty fungus, Radulomyces copelandii. 

We are unable to identify the larger orange mushrooms. They could potentially be Jack O'lanterns, Omphalotus illudens.


Jack Wilson was lucky to find these stunningly beautiful Golden Reishi Mushrooms, Ganoderma curtisii.

One of the prettiest Reishi species with it's red to orange to yellow coloring. It resembles a sunset.

Reishi is one of the most well studied medicinal mushrooms.

While the mushroom is too tough to eat, extracts from this mushroom have been shown

to have an amazing array of health benefits. In China, reishi mushrooms are referred to as,

"Ling-zhi" which translates to, "the mushroom of immortality".

Thank you for your submissions! May the forest be with you.

Remember, if you can't get enough fungal fun,

Check out the articles at the

Friends of Fungus-Fungus Among Us-page. 

Please send us your pics and queries: 

You can also text your pics & questions to (540) 324-8778.

From The Writers

This is our friend Nyx. She LOVES to go mushroom hunting deep in the forest.

Here she is giving her approval to some Chicken of the Woods mushrooms.


A flush of Common Bonnet Mushrooms, Mycena galericulata

Mushrooms As Medicine

By: Victoria Vacher

We are living in a most exciting time regarding the study and awareness of fungi in our world.  

As we have repeatedly stated funga, though low profile and still a vast mystery, is vitally imperative to all life as we know it.


Medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and Maitake (to name a few), have been prized and used for thousands of years in traditional medicine worldwide. Modern scientific research has unveiled a wealth of bioactive compounds within these mushrooms, including polysaccharides, triterpenes, antioxidants and more. These compounds have demonstrated a wide range of pharmacological properties, including immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antitumor effects.


In traditional Chinese medicine, texts from over 2,000 years ago, such as the "Shennong Ben Cao Jing," highlight mushrooms like Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) for their health-promoting properties. Similarly, in Japan, mushrooms have been used in folk remedies since ancient times, particularly for boosting the immune system. In Europe, the Ötzi Iceman, a mummy from around 3300 BCE, was found with birch polypore (Piptoporus betulinus), known for its antimicrobial properties. Indigenous peoples across North America also utilized various fungi for medicinal purposes. In the modern era, scientific research has begun to validate many traditional claims, revealing compounds in mushrooms with potential anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and immune-modulating effects. This rich history underscores the enduring significance of medicinal mushrooms in health and healing practices across the globe.


Mushrooms and extracts made from fungi are being used for their potential in supporting overall well-being, mood, and energy.  They can help boost the immune system, reduce the risk of infections and enhance the body’s ability to fight diseases. Their anti-inflammatory properties (most disease is directly associated to inflammation) may alleviate symptoms associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease and may be used to treat other autoimmune disorders and allergies.













Components in Lion’s Mane, hericenones and erinacines, have garnered significant interest for their potential to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) synthesis, which is crucial for the growth and maintenance of neurons. Studies suggest that these compounds may support cognitive function and have neuroprotective effects, making them promising candidates for addressing neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

Medicinal mushrooms are gaining scientific recognition as valuable natural supplements for promoting health and wellbeing. 


Continuing research on fungi gives us hope for the future in medicine, remediation of the planet, new skills in manufacturing and much much more, not to mention that they are delicious!!! Myriads of areas are being explored for the use of fungi and mushrooms in everyday life. Of all the exciting possibilities in the future of fungi such as: pollution remediation, clothing to shoe soles, coffins, packing materials, building materials and so much more, I believe the medicinal studies will ultimately make the most important contributions to humankind. 


Enchanted Nature News

There is a lot happening in the Enchanted Nature ecosystem!

There will be a one day mushroom festival happening on

Satuday, October 5, 2024 from 10am-5pm. 

You and your loved ones are warmly invited to

experience the wonders of mushrooms and community spirit at:

The Enchanted Mushroom Festival

"The Virginia Mushroom Festival".

It's an opportunity to learn, enjoy, and contribute to a cause that benefits both nature and our community. Let's come together to make this festival a memorable event for everyone involved. See you on October 5








Click the logo above for more info.

We are seeking vendors, food trucks, volunteers, donations, and entertainers.

If you are interested in being part of the festival, please contact us.



Enchanted Nature Mushroom Extracts Are Now Available.

Our extracts can be purchased at:





You can also order online through our Trading Post

Just in time for Chanterelle season:

Our next mushroom class will be held on

Sunday, June 23rd, 11-3 at The Necessary Mercantile.



We will be teaching a mushroom masterclass at

The Norfolk Botanical Garden

Our mushroom class will be held on

Saturday, July 27th, 9:30-1:30.

For more information click below:









Enchanted Nature Tours is being seen around the world. Virginia Tourism worked with an international marketing firm to create a series of videos that will be shown in airports. The company reached out to us for an interview. Keep in mind that were no scripts, no rehearsals and we had no editorial input on the piece. We met in the forest, answered a few questions and they cobbled together the video.














If you have any nature, gardening, or horticultural questions or comments, feel free to send them to

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Despite all of the obstructions standing in front of the flowing stream, the water remains fluid. It goes under, around, and over all of the stones standing in the way without complaint or hesitation. Like time, the stream continues to move forward. It can be challenging for us to remain fluid in life when faced with so many obstructions but we must to eventually reach our destination.

Give yourself a few moments to relax and flow like water.


Findings reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, suggest that keeping a few snapshots of greenery around yourself might be beneficial. When participants viewed the natural images in the experiment, their stress levels lowered, thanks to the activation of their parasympathetic nervous system – which controls certain rest functions. "Viewing green scenes may thus be particularly effective in supporting relaxation and recovery after experiencing a stressful period and thereby could serve as an opportunity for micro-restorative experiences and a promising tool in preventing chronic stress and stress-related diseases." Take a deep breath, hold it, and let it out slowly as you relax.


If you're ready to explore the forest, 

come out for an adventure with us 


There are many proven health benefits to spending time in nature. It has also been proven that just looking at images of nature can provide multiple health benefits including: reducing depression, speeding healing, improving your immune system, preventing dementia, improving your mood, and increasing happiness. We plan on ending each newsletter with a short video of a natural scene. Hopefully the videos will provide you with some of the benefits listed above.

Stay safe and enjoy nature

If you haven't taken the time to explore our website, please do.

There are a lot of free educational resources to enjoy


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