Turkey Tail – Trametes Versicolor

Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

Trametes versicolor is a common fungus found world wide. Known as Turkey Tail Mushrooms for the colourful stripes on their caps. They are the most common mushrooms in North American woods. Turkey Tails can be found sprouting in dense, overlapping clusters or rosettes from dead hardwood logs, stumps, and fallen branches on the forest floor during warm wet seasons of Spring and Fall.

The History of Turkey Tail Shrooms

The use of Trametes versicolor has been dated back to the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty in China as an immune booster for health and longevity. In Japan it is known as kawaritake or “cloud mushrooms” due to an image of swirling clouds on the mushroom caps. The cloud-like image symbolizes “longevity and health, spiritual attunement and infinity”.

Turkey Tail Uses:

The health benefits of Trametes versicolor are one of the best researched medicinal mushrooms today. Controlled clinical
trials demonstrate increased long-term survivability in patients with gastrointestinal cancers, particularly colorectal and stomach cancer, but also breast and lung cancers. Commercially produced extracts are often prescribed along with chemotherapy for treating cancer in Japan and are paid for by national health care. Current clinical use of Turkey Tail Extracts in North America, Europe, and Asia are being done on treatment for their immuno restorative effects in patients with chronic conditions such as various cancers and viral syndromes such as hepatitis C.
Trametes versicolor extracts have demonstrated a wide variety of immunological benefits to white blood cell production and can inhibit carcinogenesis and tumor cell growth by activating cancer cell apoptosis.
Hobbs C. Medicinal Value of Turkey Tail Fungus Trametes versicolor. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol. 7 (2005) pg.346-347.

Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom
Trametes Versicolor Turkey Tail Mushroom

How to use Turkey Tail Mushrooms (Trametes versicolor)

  • Chop the turkey tail mushroom into small pieces and add to a large pot of water on the stove.
  • Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for an hour.
  • Strain the mixture through a colander. …
  • That’s it — time to drink!

Sketch of Mycoremeditation of degraded land using Trametes Versicolor
Mycoremediation of Coulee with Turkey Tail Mushrooms

Burdock Root Tea – Cooling Liver & Acne Cleansing Herb

Organic Burdock Root Tea is amazing for Living - Liver and Acne Cleanse Herbs

Burdock Arctium lappa

This Old World tenacious weed can be found world wide! You will probably recognize Burdock by their notorious large burs that adhere onto any one passing by. They are an essential pollen source for honey bees in August as well!

Burdock Root on the Desk of Healthy Hope
Burdock Root on the Desk of Healthy Hope

Burdock is an awesome source of Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Chromium, Inulin, Sesquiterpenes, bitter glycosides, Flavonoids, and volatile oils. (1 & 2)

It’s a wonderful cooling herb for red irritated skin conditions (acne, boils, eczema, psoriasis, early stage measles, ect.), urinary inflammation (UTIs, Kidney infections, even blood in the urine), Burdock has also been used for reducing muscle/joint pain and inflammation (sciatica, lumbago, arthritis, and acute inflammation and injury too!), swollen inflamed lymph nodes (soar, itchy throat), and constipation, in addition to short tempered anger (>_<) (stagnation of the emotions, nervousness, stress, red face, red eyes, headache, explosive anger). Wow that’s a powerful herb!

Chinese Medicine terms for Burdock:

  • Dispel Wind Heat, ease the throat
  • Resolve Toxicity, Vent Rashes
  • Moisten the Intestines, Constipation (3)

For example: When mom or dad gets home after a long day of work just to step on your lego…. Ooops! Time for a burdock tea 😉

One of the four ingredients in the Native American Essiac formula still used today. Great for moving lymph stagnation or congestion, like swollen lymph nodes, which is the highway for the immune system. By drinking 3-4 cups of burdock teat/day for 2 days your swollen lymph glands should be gone! (1)

Use root internally in teas and meals, and the seeds/leaves for poultices and salves. In Japan Chinese Burdock is called Gobo and is eaten like a carrot for Lv Qi Stag (nervousness, frustration). (2)

Written by Fauve

  1. Medicinal Herbs: A Beginners Guide, Rosemary Gladstar, pg107-111
  2. The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra L.Ac, OMD. Pg 105-106.
  3. Handbook of Oriental Medicine: 5th Edition, H.B. Kim L.Ac. pg. 365

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms and Turkey Tails Found by Fauve - Healthy Hope

Do you know what tenacious means?

Websters dictionary says, “Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired. “

When’s the last time you ate a carnivore ?

Oyster Mushrooms are Carnivorous Mushrooms, and one of my favorite edible mushrooms.

Check out these Oyster Mushrooms we found in the forest on the beautiful islands of British Columbia.

Oyster Mushrooms and Turkey Tails Found by Fauve - Healthy Hope
Oyster Mushrooms and Turkey Tails by Fauve
Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster Mushrooms

Lentil Soup Recipe

Lentil Soup

This is my favorite Lentil Soup Recipe. It’s easy, fun and one of the healthiest meals I’ve found. I enjoy it best with fresh ingredients from our garden.

Lentil Soup Ingredients

  • 1 Large Onion
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • Bunch of Carrots
  • Celery
  • 1 Cup French Lentils*
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Tbspn Coconut Oil
  • Fresh or Dried Herbs. Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary

How to cook Lentil Soup

  • Sautee the onion in Coconut Oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add Herbs & Garlic to Sauteed Onions.
  • Chop Carrots, Celery.
  • Rinse Lentils.
  • Add Everything to the crock pot or large soup pot.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Drop to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes.


I’ve had a few friends ask where I get my Organic food? Well, most is from the garden! However, when it comes to many of the spices and dried foods, I get ingredients like the organic french blue lentils from Organic Matters

Where to Find Organic Foods

OM Foods

One of my favorite places to order bulk organic foods in Canada is Organic Matters, at OMFoods 

I have friends asking me to build carts and set them up with Here is my list of my typical order for a friend or family member:

  • French lentils
  • mung beans
  • Quinoa
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Golden Flax Seeds
  • Buckwheat
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Chia Seeds
  • Tumeric
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Seven Sea Veggie Blend
  • 6 Large Mason Jars for beans
  • 12 Medium Mason Jars for dried goods



Sage Herb is one of my favorite herbs in my garden. We have a large Perennial Sage herb plant in our garden and it has many uses including adding fresh to Teas, including sage in our kitchen with cooking, as well as drying sage for smudging as an incense.


Sage Leaves in a bunch

Sage Leaves in a bunch

Sage aids int he digestion of rich fatty meat. It helps lower cholesterol levels and is an excellent herb for rebuilding vitality and strength when battling long term illness. Sage tea is a warm bracing drink, excellent when mixed with mint or rosemary and lemon balm for a healthy and tasty stress reliever. Sage also may be helpful in offering relief from hot flashes and night sweats. Sage is also a well known cold and flue fighter because of its relaxing, astringent, and antiseptic action of the mucous membranes. Sage also is a classic remedy for inflammation of the mouth, throat and tonsils. It may be effective remedy for laryngitis, tonsillitis and sore throat as a spray or gargle and can be used as a mouthwash to treat infected or sore gums.


However, sage contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that might be beneficial to health. These compounds include:

Bornyl acetate
Alpha- and beta-thujone
Alpha- and beta-caryophyllene
Alpha- and beta-pinene
Salvianolic acid
Rosmarinic acid
Carnosolic acid
Ursolic acid


Sage Flowers

Sage Flowers in bloom are food to help bees survive and thrive

Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is hardy in Zones 4 to 8. Garden age loves full sunshine, in warm to hot conditions and a well drained soil. It is easy to grow herb. It doesn’t thrive in wet or soggy soil and gets tired of cool wet weather so keep it in a well drained, hot, sunny spot. It is best to get plants for a nursery or propagate them from root cuttings. Older plants get woody and appreciate a trim of old grow in the early spring, before the new green growth starts.

Planting Sage in the garden is an excellent choice as it is one of the best perennial plants to help support local pollinators and native bee populations. At our Bee Joy Sanctuary on The Gulf Islands of British Columbia, BC we grow a perennial sun garden with Sage, Rosemary and Lemon Balm.

Sharing Happiness

Did you know that the words you say change the perception of how your loved ones see and think about themselves?

Next time your loved one is falling asleep, look deep into their eyes and say this to them with all the meaning, clarity and intention you can find inside.

“I love your energy.”

“I love listening to you, and learning from you”

“I am so grateful you’re in my life.”

“I love seeing you grow”

“I am so happy you’re alive.”

“You’re an amazing partner/son/daughter/father/mother/human being”

“After seeing [this thing you did today],  I am so excited for your future”

And, when they say thank you…

Tell them “You’re welcome. You deserve it… and you’re worth it.”



“The only thing you know, is what you can put into words.” -Alan Watts

Written by Nigel Ocean