How to Make Reishi Tea to Get the Most Out of This Marvelous Mushroom
Reishi is also known as the “10,000-year-old mushroom,” or the “mushroom of immortality.” Drinking Reishi tea or ingesting Reishi in other ways supports our body and mind in functioning optimally and, as its nicknames suggest, can support longevity down to a cellular level. Read on to learn more about Reishi and how to make Reishi tea — a delicious brew with far-reaching benefits!
Reishi: Auspicious and Magical
It’s name in Chinese is Ling Zhi. “Ling Zhi” is made up of the compounds, “Ling” meaning “spirit, soul, miraculous, sacred, divine, mysterious or effective” and “Zhi” meaning “plant of longevity, fungus, seed, branch, or mushroom”. Put together, “Ling Zhi” can mean “auspicious plant, divine mushroom,” or “immortality plant, magic fungus or marvelous fungus.”
Reishi is quite marvelous indeed. Research has shown that the polysaccharides compounds in Reishi provide an anticancer effect by preventing abnormal blood vessel formation, while also boosting immunity. Triterpenes, another compound found in Reishi, protect the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce allergic responses triggered by histamine. (1)
Want to do more with Reishi than just learn how to make Reishi tea? Check out this blog for more fun Reishi drink ideas and recipes!
How to Make Reishi Tea
Reishi is traditionally consumed as a tea. Its hard, woody fruiting body can be dried and preserved for a long time. It is typically cut into long strips, small squares, or powered for easy use.
The taste is rather bitter but delightfully earthy. Drank warm with a touch of maple syrup, honey, or lemon, this tea is great to have simmering on the stove all winter long! Not to mention that it supports your immune system, so you have a better chance of fighting off seasonal sniffles.*
Wondering How To Make Reishi Tea Delicious? You’ll Need the Following Supplies:
- a pot, size dependent on how much tea you’d like to make
- 3-5 grams of dried Reishi mushroom in slices or chunks
- 4-5 cups of filtered water.
Add your water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Add the mushroom pieces in and reduce the heat to simmer on a low heat. Let your concoction simmer for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, remove from heat, strain, and set aside. Allow the liquid to cool to a drinkable temperature. You can repeat the process with the strained pieces until the resulting extraction is no longer bitter or colored, which usually takes about three times.
At Mushroom Revival, we love sipping on a steaming cup of Reishi tea all winter long because it boosts the mood, strengthens our natural defenses and supports heart health.
Now that you’ve learned how to make reishi tea, check out this post that includes an awesome Reishi soup broth recipe to learn another way to enjoy Reishi! We also offer Reishi in tincture form, so that you can get the benefits from this mushroom in a highly concentrated extract. Our tinctures are made with 100% fruiting body — that means you get all the good stuff and absolutely no fluff. Our certified organic tinctures are made by hand with love and shipped directly to your doorstep. We plant a tree for every purchase made because we care about the planet as much as we care about you. Shop for Reishi here in our online store.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.