Here’s Yet Another Reason We’re Obsessed This Mushroom: Reishi Sleep Support*
Remember the days when naptime wasn’t optional? When you had to take one every day after lunch, no questions asked? Sigh. Those days are far behind most of us now that we’re all grown up! Instead of a midday siesta or prioritizing our eight hours of shuteye each night, too many people push through and focus on productivity instead of rest or even balance.
That’s one reason we love our Reishi sleep tonic. Supporting a restful night’s sleep is one of the many ways this “mushroom of immortality” can help you maintain your overall health and well-being.*
Get to Know Reishi Mushroom
Reishi mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum, is one of our top 10 mushrooms to support your health.* Known as the Queen of Mushrooms as well as the 10,000-year mushroom, Reishi has been used in China and Japan for over 4,000 years. This mushroom is glossy and comes in six colors, including white, red and brown. You’ll find Reishi’s shiny, thick fruiting bodies on hardwood trees in China and North America, among other locales.
Traditionally and in modern times, Reishi has been used to maintain heart health as well as immune health.* And, of course, there’s another use for Reishi: sleep!*
Why We Love Reishi: Sleep Support*
Reishi mushroom is considered to be an adaptogen. It’s part of an elite group of plants and mushrooms used in herbalism to help your body to manage the stress it encounters each day.* That stress can come in many forms: physical, mental, or emotional. Adaptogens, as the name suggests, help you adapt that stress.*
In traditional Chinese herbalism, Reishi balances the Shen or the spirit, which helps promote healthy rest.* This mushroom may help you chill out when taken every now and again, and it may help you maintain steady energy if taken over time.* (Reishi is a mushroom that can be taken regularly.)
Beyond traditional use for healthy sleep, Reishi has been given to rats in studies, and researchers report that the mushroom did support the sleep cycle of those rodents.*
How to Make A Reishi Sleep Tonic*
One of our favorite ways to take Reishi is in a Reishi Sleep Tonic.* This drink is a soothing, tasty way to wind down your day and prepare your mind and body for a night of rest.* The star? Our double-extracted Certified Organic Reishi extract, of course!
Good quality Reishi made with fruiting bodies can be bitter. That’s why this recipe for a Reishi Sleep Tonic uses creamy oat milk, with a little sweetness from honey or maple syrup and some spice from cardamom or nutmeg. During the day, we like pairing Reishi with chocolate or coffee, but at night this is a lovely caffeine-free alternative.
|½ cup water||⅛ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg or ground cardamom|
|½ cup oat milk||1 serving Mushroom Revival Reishi Extract|
|1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey|
In a small saucepan, bring the water and oat milk to a low simmer. Stir in the maple syrup or honey, then add the nutmeg or cardamom.
Remove from heat, pour into a mug, then add a dropper of Reishi extract.
Sit, sip, and savor, as you journal your day or plan tomorrow.