Infographic image of mushroom life cycle. Starting with a large fruiting body mushroom with arrows to the release of spores, with arrows showing spores growing into hyphae, hyphae combine to create mycelium, primordia formation into fruiting body.

The Mushroom Life Cycle

How do mushrooms grow? The mushroom part we can see above ground is actually just the reproductive body of the fungus at large. It produces billions of spores (kind of like seeds or pollen) that are spread throughout the environment. Once these ...

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Black Lives Matter. Resources & Education

A note to our Rainbo community from our founder Tonya Papanikolov as well as Rainbo's commitments, an education resource list complied by our team which will be updated frequently. This is just the beginning.

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There are 5 individual tinctures in a row with a white background. Each tincture is fully white with text on it and the rainbo logo which is a rainbow. The tinctures in the photo are chaga, cordyceps, 11:11, lion's mane and reishi.

Which tincture is best for me?

Confused on how to choose between mushroom tinctures? We hear you! We've been getting this question from many of you. Read on if you're unsure of which tincture is best for you and how to choose using your body as your guide.

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What is an adaptogen, really?

Adaptogens are what help the body to adapt to both psychological and environmental stress. Some potent adaptogenic powers lie within medicinal mushrooms, which is one of the reasons we're so excited about them.

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glass of water with a hand dropping in Rainbo's 11:11 tincture into the glass of water so that it can be drank.

What is a Tincture?

What is a medicinal mushroom tincture? A mushroom tincture is simply an extract of mushrooms dissolved in alcohol.  An “extract” may be found in liquid or powder form and is typically made by soaking plant or fungal raw material in a solvent such ...

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Cacao + Mushrooms: Food of the Gods & Flesh of the Gods

Cacao + Mushrooms: Food of the Gods & Flesh of the Gods

With a relationship rooted in ancient history, cacao and mushrooms have a profound connection. The official name of the cacao tree is theobroma cacao, made up of the greek roots theo (“god”) and broma (“food”), to mean “food of the gods”.

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alternative sugars, healthier sugars

Sugar: The Better Alternative!

Refinement is the process of removing impurities, so let us refine our concept of refined sugar and all of it's cousins. Sugar has a pretty bittersweet reputation in our diets. The sweet side is that sugar is a natural and necessary energy source ...

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Santa was a Shaman

Santa was a Shaman

The most famous mushroom in pop-culture is a psychedelic mushroom - the iconic toadstool with a red cap and white dots is called Amanita muscaria. Regardless of where the origin of Santa Claus comes from, this time of year is a time of rebirth, ...

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How Do Mushrooms Support Immune Function?

How Do Mushrooms Support Immune Function?

Our immune system is essential. It’s our vital line of defence against pathogens and rogue cells, and we need it for survival. With the change of the seasons and the incoming cold, it is even more important to keep our immune system healthy, locke...

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close up image of orange cordyceps that are dried. image by rainbo

Medicinal Mushroom Science: Benefits & Superpowers

A scientific review of the medicinal properties of each mushroom in our 11:11 tincture. These powerful and magical organisms have an ancient history of traditional use going back thousands of years, yet are largely unknown in today’s Western soci...

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Foray with Rainbo

Foray with Rainbo

We're excited to announce our first Foray of the season scheduled for October 5, 2019, lead by Tonya Papanikolov and Antonio Cillero Rodrigo from Mushroom Guerrilla and Mycological Society of Toronto.

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