Reishi mushrooms have been utilized for centuries in Eastern medicine. Nowadays, they are also incredibly popular in western civilizations, with numerous individuals using daily reishi supplements.
There is plenty to love about this fungus species, including its versatility. While mushroom capsules remain a popular option, reishi mushroom tea is another exciting way to consume this supplement.
In this article, we run through the benefits of this mushroom tea and give you a delicious and easy reishi tea recipe. Stick around to learn more.
Reishi Mushroom Tea Benefits
Given its centuries of use, it’s not surprising to learn that the reishi mushroom has numerous potential benefits. Both dried reishi mushroom and fresh reishi can yield specific positive effects, many of which are just now being researched in clinical studies.
Fresh reishi mushroom tea can lead to the same benefits as capsules, powders, and other reishi products.
Some of the potential benefits of reishi tea include:
Given these benefits, it’s perhaps no surprise that reishi has been nicknamed the ‘mushroom of immortality.’ That said, it’s important to remember that reishi is not a substitute for medications and should not be used for such purposes.
Instead, it is increasingly common to use reishi as a daily supplement to support an otherwise healthy lifestyle. And what better way to consume it daily than reishi-infused tea?! However, some people may experience side effects that they should be aware of before trying reishi tea.
Reishi Mushroom Tea Side Effects
Like any supplement, reishi mushrooms can have some side effects, especially if consumed daily for prolonged periods. For example, one study suggested that those taking reishi for four months were twice as likely to experience side effects as those taking a placebo.
As a result, it may be a good idea for those using reishi to take breaks every now and then.
It’s also worth noting that all observed reishi mushroom tea effects are minor. The side effects include an upset stomach or digestive issues. Some research has indicated that reishi does not cause detrimental effects on the liver or kidneys in healthy adults.
In two documented case studies, individuals have encountered liver problems after switching to reishi powder; the same individuals had no issues with whole mushrooms. This makes it challenging to tell if the side effects were a result of reishi mushrooms or the powder used by the participants.
In general, reishi supplements are considered safe. However, those who have a blood disorder, low blood pressure, or those who are pregnant and breastfeeding should avoid taking supplements.
Reishi Mushroom Tea Recipe
If you’re wondering how to make reishi tea, then you’ve come to the right place. Our reishi tea recipe below tells you everything you need to know about brewing a delicious cup of mushroom tea.
You don’t need many ingredients, and once you’ve brewed it once, you’ll be able to make it super speedily. There are a few optional ingredients, such as agave nectar for sweetening and ginger or lemon wedges for extra flavor.
|Recipe Ingredient||Reishi mushrooms|
|Recipe Instructions||Add the dried mushrooms to boiling water and steep for up to one hour. Drain out the solids, then sweeten as desired and enjoy!|
|Recipe Yield||4 cups|
|Suitable For Diet||Vegan|
- 8 cups of water (filtered)
- ¼ oz dried reishi mushrooms
- 4 tbsp agave nectar/honey (optional)
- Ginger slices (optional)
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- Tear the dried mushrooms into smaller chunks using your hands. Place in a heavy-bottomed pot and pour over the filtered water (to speed up the process, you can use a kettle and add boiling water to the pot). If using, add the ginger and lemon slices.
- Turn the stove heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Brew for 30 minutes to 1 hour; the longer the brew, the stronger the tea.
- Pour the tea through a strainer or sieve to remove the mushroom pieces and other ingredients, then transfer to your favorite mug. For a sweeter tea, stir in the agave nectar before serving.
Final Thoughts About Reishi Mushroom Tea
Reishi mushroom tea can be an excellent way to consume this functional fungus on a daily basis. Once you have tried this tea recipe, you can also experiment with various other brews. For example, try making a big pot of tea, then cooling it down and adding sugar and ice to create a cooling iced reishi mushroom tea.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this brief reishi guide and tea recipe, and you can get making your own mushroom-infused tisane in no time! Let us know in the comments below if you have tried reishi tea and what you thought of it.
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Audrey has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2014 she began an internship with the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, and was hired as an Outpatient Dietitian following graduation. She started her career counseling a variety of patients with different health concerns and disease states. After a few years into practice, she found her passion was working in cancer care, and has spent the last 4 years specializing in oncology nutrition.
In her practice, Audrey has spent a significant amount of time reviewing literature on herbal and dietary supplements in the cancer care setting. Through her work at Vidacap, she hopes to continue to expand her knowledge and understanding of the benefits of supplements in conjunction with promoting a healthy, balanced diet and management of overall health and well being.