How To Make Your Own Reishi Tea!
Medicinal mushrooms are pretty popular in health and wellness right now! You may have seen new products that use them in powders, capsules, tinctures ect. The mushrooms being used in health and wellness products are different than the ones you may be familiar with in the kitchen. These medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years and have an endless list of health claims. For this blog, I will be focusing on the Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushroom.
The history of this mushroom
Reishi has been used for thousands of years and was known as being a tonic for emperors and the ruling class. You can find Reishi growing in damp, dark forests in Japan, China and the United States.
There are several different compounds in this mushroom that have health benefits in the body, however, the compound that we will be focusing on is called polysaccharides, specifically b-D-Glucans. These complex sugars are water soluble and are known for their immune stimulating actions. If you are interested in reading a Cochrane Systematic Review on the use of this immune supporting mushroom, Reishi, alongside with chemo/radiotherapy in cancer patients you can click here.
There are several ways in which you can extract compounds from a plant, but since we are focusing on the immune boosting polysaccharides, the recipe we will be using is called a "decoction" method. Decoction refers to the slow boiling of a plant material (usually for roots, stems and bark) over a long period of time. Some resources recommend doing a half hour decoction, while others recommend doing it over 1-2 hours.
1. Buy sliced & dried Reishi Mushroom.
2. Place approximately 40g of Reishi mushroom in a saucepan with 5 cups of water.
3. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down low and simmer for 30 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by one-third. You can re-use your mushrooms a couple times!
4. Strain and store in the fridge.
I hope to build off of this tea for future soup, elixir and smoothie recipes... stay tuned!
This blog is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease but to promote optimal health.