Learn How to Use Reishi Mushroom to Boost Winter Immunity
Reishi mushroom, Ganoderma species, is one of the most well-known mushrooms and has been used by humans for over 2,000 years! In this blog, you’ll learn how to use reishi mushroom as a food and medicine, including an awesome immune-boosting soup stock recipe.
Reishi, also known as the Mushroom of Immortality, is revered for its health-promoting benefits. It supports and strengthens the entire body with its many medicinal compounds, including polysaccharides and triterpenes. Research on reishi has demonstrated its beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, the liver, kidneys and digestive systems. It demonstrates strong anti-inflammatory actions throughout the body and supports the function of the immune system. Reishi has been used as a cancer therapy traditionally and, more recently, as an adjunct therapy to chemotherapy. If you want to learn how to use reishi mushroom to stay well this winter, keep reading!
How to Use Reishi Mushroom to Make Adaptogenic, Immune-Boosting Soup Broth
Reishi is a saprophytic mushroom, which means it grows on dead or decaying matter. In this case, when found in nature, reishi is mostly growing on dead trees. It is a bracket fungus, or shelf fungi. These characteristically grow out of the side of a tree horizontally, creating shelf-like fruiting bodies called conks. These conks are rather hard, tough and sometimes spongy. Unlike like oyster or maitake mushrooms, the conks cannot be eaten raw. How to use reishi mushroom for food? We must process it to a state that makes it bioavailable for our bodies.
If you have your conk of reishi, you could cut it into long slices and put it in a dehydrator or in the oven (on a low temp for a few hours, with the doors slightly open for ventilation) to dehydrate the mushroom. Once you have dehydrated slices of reishi, you can do just about anything! Grind it up to make a powder, combine it with alcohol to make a tincture, or, one of our favorite uses, make a delicious and medicinal soup broth. Follow this recipe and enjoy the benefits of adaptogenic, immune-boosting mushroom soup!
Reishi Immunity Soup Broth
- 5 slices of dried reishi mushroom
- 4 slices of Astragalus root
- 4 slices of dried Seaweed, such as Kombu, Dulse, Bladderwrack, etc.
- 6 sprigs of fresh or dried Rosemary
- ¼ cup of fresh or dried Sage leaves
- 6 sprigs of fresh or dried Thyme leaves
- 4-6 cloves of raw Garlic
- 2-inch piece of fresh Ginger, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground Turmeric
- 1 large yellow Onion, peeled and quartered
- A dash of salt and freshly ground pepper
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker or a large stockpot. Cover with water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least four hours on low heat, but preferably overnight.
Let cool, strain, and pour into quart-sized canning jars, leaving ½ inch of headspace at the top of each. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Add Mushroom Powder into Any Dish to Give it a Super Boost!
Another way to cook with Reishi is in its powdered form. When it is processed correctly and finely powdered, it is extremely bio-available for our bodies to use as energy, medicine, and sustenance. As a powder, it is super simple to add to any recipe, such as a smoothie, veggie sauté, buddha bowl, and more. At Mushroom Revival, we make an awesome powder that combines Reishi with 9 other powerful medicinal mushrooms! It’s ready to be added to any food or beverage, and even comes with its own small wooden spoon. Check out Mushroom Revival’s Mush 10 powder here.
How to Use Reishi Mushroom Extract for Potent Mushroom Medicine
Making a Reishi Mushroom Extract with grain or cane alcohol is another way to concentrate the medicinal properties of this wonderful mushroom into an easy to use, bioavailable source. Taking Reishi tincture daily—on the tongue, in a glass of water or juice, or in a smoothie—is a great way to get the benefits of this medicine. Keep a bottle around all the time! One in your purse, at home, and at work, so you never have to go without it. Check out our double-extracted, certified organic Reishi Tincture!
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- Cooking with Healing Mushrooms by Stepfanie Romine.
- Medicinal Mushrooms, A Clinical Guide by Martin Powell.