What is Mushroom Tea?
Mushroom tea has exploded in popularity due to its acclaimed health benefits and novel flavors. Some mix it with chai or matcha lattes while others use packets of mushroom tea powder to mix in water on the go. Some prefer mushroom tea straight, plain and simple. There are endless options for enjoying mushroom tea in your daily routine. First, it’s important to know the main ways mushroom tea is brewed. There are three usual methods:
- Infusion: The simplest way to make mushroom tea is to infuse dried mushroom pieces in hot water, the same way you would prepare herbal tea. (Fresh mushrooms will make more of a broth than a tea, so save those for soup.)
- Decoction: To get the maximum amount of nutrients you can boil dried mushroom pieces on the stove and simmer for 15 minutes up to 2 hours. This process will deliver more potent health benefits.
- Mixture: Often labeled as a mushroom ‘elixir’, you can buy powdered mushrooms that are pre-extracted and can be mixed directly in water. Mushroom powder that has not been pre-extracted is typically too difficult for our digestive system to process. Powdered mushrooms make a thicker tea, with a texture closer to a latte. Mushroom powder can also be added to other teas and beverages.
Health Benefits of Mushroom Tea
Mushroom teas allow you to expand your mushroom consumption beyond the culinary realm and into your daily health routine. From cardiovascular health to better brain function to longevity, the uses for medicinal mushrooms are many. Some mushrooms, such as Lion’s Mane, can be either cooked as food or brewed as tea. Others like Chaga and Reishi are too difficult to digest whole and are only consumed as tea or extracts. There are primarily four popular mushroom teas and each have unique health benefits.
What is Reishi?
Reishi is a mushroom with a shiny, flat top that grows on trees and fallen logs. It comes in a variety of colors depending on where it is growing. Although rare in the wild, reishi mushrooms are now cultivated all over the world. Its Chinese name ‘lingzhi’ roughly translates to ‘mushroom of immortality’ or ‘divine mushroom’ and was once reserved for nobility. While modern health trends are just catching on, Chinese medicine has been celebrating the health benefits of reishi for over 2000 years