What is Reishi Mushroom Tea?
Reishi mushroom is a specialty tea brewed from dried or powdered reishi mushrooms, which bear the scientific name Ganoderma lucidum. These mushrooms grow in the wild on fallen hardwood trees, primarily in China, but they are cultivated in many other places in the world for their nutritional qualities and various medicinal applications. Due to the bitterness of this particular mushroom, it is not very popular as an ingredient in recipes, but it is often made into a tea or infusion. If you want to brew reishi mushroom tea, it is best to choose red reishi mushrooms, as they are the densest in terms of active ingredients. This mushroom tea will provide a high level of beta glucans, water-soluble polysaccharides, as well as certain triterpenes, all of which have antioxidant and health-stimulating properties.
Reishi Mushroom Tea Benefits
With antiviral and antibacterial properties, this tea is known to stimulate the immune system and prevent a number of infections and foreign pathogens from taking hold, particularly in the gut.
Traditionally used to detoxify the blood and liver, this mushroom tea is an excellent way to detoxify the body, increase urination, and prevent the buildup of unwanted substances in your system.
The immunomodulatory effects of reishi mushroom tea can help prevent or mitigate allergic reactions in the body, further reducing strain on the immune system.
How to Make Reishi Mushroom Tea?
Making your own reishi mushroom tea at home is easier and more cost-effective than purchasing store-bought tinctures or infusions. You can use either dried mushroom slices or a powdered form.
- Step 1 – Add 2-3 large reishi slices to a saucepan on the stove.
- Step 2 – Fill the saucepan with about one quart of water.
- Step 3 – Boil the water for 5-10 minutes, and then reduce heat.
- Step 4 – Simmer the mixture for 1-2 hours (the longer it simmers, the stronger the tea will be.)
- Step 5 – Strain out the mushroom slices.
- Step 6 – Serve hot or cold.
Note: Due to the powerful nature of this tea, do not consume more than 3 cups of this tea per day.
Reishi Mushroom Tea Side Effects
There are some allergic reactions associated with drinking this tea, including dryness of the mouth, throat, and sinuses, along with inflammation, stomach upset, and blood in your stool. Use of powdered reishi mushroom is more often associated with toxicity of the liver when consumed in large quantities. As with any healthy beverage or medicinal plant, moderation is key, as is a conversation with your doctor before making major changes to your health routine.