Reishi mushroom tea benefits are many and it has been used for thousands of years. One of the most popular ways to make the best out of this therapeutic mushroom is to make a tea.
These mushrooms most commonly found on logs are quite soft when fresh, but become hard as wood when dried. This is mainly because reishi contains chitin, which is basically a carbohydrate that cell walls of this mushrooms are made of.
This is important since chitin is indigestible and needs to be brewed a lot longer than your regular tea to get the most out of it. A decoction must be made, rather than a simple infusion, like you would with a tea bag. Your body cannot digest raw reishi mushroom.
Some of the benefits of reishi mushroom tea come from beta-glucans, which are molecules that are helpful for several reasons, especially in the immune system aid in fighting off foreign cells and infections. The beta-glucans are water soluble compounds and thus come out in the tea. Furthermore, they can help stabilize blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Watch this video for details on how to make Ganoderma lucidum tea. (That’s the latin name, and you can find 1372+ studies published about it on Pubmed.)
The reishi tea recipe is quite simple, no tea bags required:
- Reishi Mushrooms
- Boiling Water
Of course, other mushrooms and herbs can also be added to the tea.
Ganoderma lucidum is very hard to break apart, but smaller pieces proved to be a much better choice for hot water extraction. By having more surface area available, you’ll be able to extract more of the compounds from inside reishi.
Typically, you’ll find reishi is cut apart in strips like these at many shops so that it is ready for brewing.
Boil the water in ceramic or a stainless steel pot. Avoid any other material for boiling, as the whole process is quite long and might be harmful to do so in an aluminium pot, for instance. When dried pieces are added to boiling water, make sure to turn down the heat and let it simmer for about two and half hours. Then let the tea cool down a bit before drinking it.
You might not like the taste as it has bitter alkaloids. But it’s a tea, so you can do many things to improve the taste. I like to add just a little bit of honey and ginger, but some people prefer to add other teas, like green tea or even a freshly made juice.
As with anything else, don’t go and drink a gallon of reishi mushroom tea immediately. Drink a cup and make sure it doesn’t affect your stomach in a negative way. If you use aspirin or similar blood-thinning drug, you might want to skip reishi tea altogether, as it may increase bleeding time. But other than that there aren’t really any side effects.
Don’t forget that you can prepare other mushrooms in this way as well like with chaga tea.
Easier Reishi Mushroom Tea with Powder Extract
With a powdered extract of reishi, like we have available here, all you have to do is add one quarter to one half teaspoon to hot water (or any other type of a tea). Since this reishi is already extracted, basically it’s already been prepared as a tea, but is made into a powdered form, you can add this to tea without having to boil the mushroom.
You can also add this powder to other drinks. You can even make reishi mushroom coffee.
Our reishi extract is super concentrated. In addition, it is already extracted with alcohol as well, which draws out other components that do not come out in the tea. It is super bitter though, which is what reishi should be.