About

Anaa

My name is Anna Sitkoff and I live in Seattle, Washington.  I work as an Herbalist at Dandelion Botanical Company and I am in my 4th year of Naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University – deepening my understanding of our phenomenal bodies. I have spent time learning about mushrooms through many lenses. First, by spending time with them in the forests, doing mushrooms fasts and watching them through the seasons. I got to know them more through different medicine making processes and uncovering their secrets through different extraction methods. I check the literature about once a week for new research that has been done, and through Bastyr I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to do mushroom research – looking specifically at different cancer cell lines and the cytotoxic and immune-modulating effects of Fomitopsis cajanderi. My hope in writing this blog, is for people to feel educated and empowered through having well researched information available to them.  I will be teaching a few classes at Dandelion Botanical Company, and various conferences. Here, I provide my notes, recipes, and monographs. Enjoy!

If you are into seeing fungi and botanical pictures (and an occasional picture of me doing a handstand) on Instagram, you may want to follow me: reishiandroses

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    1. Hi Magda! You can definitely make a broth with whole dried Artist Conk. It is difficult to slice them when they are already dry, so you can stick the whole mushroom in to boil, it will just take a little longer to extract. Thanks for checking out my blog. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  1. Hi Anna, I came across your blog post on making Amadou felt. Very well done and great pics and instructions. What I’m wondering is how do the artisans in Romania and elsewhere that are making entire hats out of this material joining all of these shaved pieces together to make large sheets; just by pounding strips side by side into each other and they mash together and stay together and the sheet looks seamless like one giant piece? How does the joining of pieces work and look seamless? ~ Brian

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    1. Hi Brian, thank you for checking out my write up on making fabric with amadou. In my experience, it seems like the bigger the mushroom, the bigger piece of felt you can pound out. I’ve tried pounding strips together, but it has yet to work, and I don’t think that it is possible. Always worth experimenting though! Please let me know if you come up with any new ways to fuse the pieces together. I have heard of using a special glue that has a seamless finish, though haven’t tried it. Best bet for making a hat seems to be to look for the biggest mushrooms!

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  2. I stumbled onto your site whilst researching the different varieties of Ganoderma that grow here in the PNW. Love your writing, very poetic and informative! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Hi Anna- I went on your herb walk at the Bastyr Herb Fair and you mentioned making something out of green Douglas Fir cones- do you remember what it was?

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    1. Hi Heidi! I put the Doug Fir cones in water and they have a lot of wild yeasts on them and sugars, so they start fermenting pretty fast, and they make a great yeast starter. I also just put them in my water and drink throughout the day.

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  4. Hi anna 🙂
    Really nice job, keep going!!
    I have a question about you concentrate extract of (coriolus, fomitopsis, ganoderma).
    You didn’t talk about a dosage?
    Which quantity if i use it as a therapeutic or if i use it as preventive.
    Thx max

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    1. Hi Max,
      I have to be careful about talking dosage with medicines on the internet, but I can tell you what I typically do for myself. For preventative I take about 3 mL extract 2x per day and for treatment I double that amount.
      Anna

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  5. Thank you for your really great blog , i have been thinking a lot about the whole cycle of the tree mushrooms and the importance of working with the host tree to , it was great to read your thoughts also

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  6. I am grooving on a lot of things here, Anna, being a fungus kind of girl myself but also, a few years ago i wanted to make a reishi tincture but the only alcohol i had, had been employed in making a rose tincture, but decided to use it anyway… and the resulting tincture, which you may guess tastes fabulous, i call ‘reishi rose’ tincture. xo

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