Medicinal Wild Mushroom Tea Elixir to Better Health

Recipe for Chaga/ Reishi Tea. Feel better, Look great

Teas are a great way to add natural super foods such as herbs and spices into your diet. As some may know I love my naturally home brewed teas and was recently introduced to mushrooms. Not the “magic hallucinogenic ” wild mushrooms but these are pretty close to magic in my books. A road to better health is always a priority and this Medicinal Wild Mushroom Tea Elixir aids in relief of my Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain issues.

Also grown wild these two mushrooms, Chaga and Reishi have amazing health benefits. They share many similar benefits and together can pack a punch. So what are they and what can they do you might ask?

Both the Reishi and Chaga have high anti-inflammatory properties and powerful antioxidants. Also include relief of, neurological, and arthritis pain and symptoms.  Both are known for prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as immune boosting benefits to aid in cold/flu symptoms with antiviral properties.  They contain fatigue fighters which have energy boosting qualities without the caffeine. Although Reishi can help with Insomnia and can be drank in the evening I don’t recommend drinking the Chaga in the later day as it will cause insomnia.

Chaga Mushroom

Chaga mushrooms are known as “The Gift from God” “Gift of Immortality” which are found on the sterile conk of a Birch tree. Birch can be found in the US, Canada, and many areas. These mushrooms must be harvested from live trees because once the tree is dead so is the fungus. Carefully removing burnt like chunks while leaving 20%intact. Chaga is a fungus and will eventually kill the tree, Although a slightly damaged tree may live for many years. Time to harvest is in fall/winter once the tree is dormant and before the sap starts to run. Other benefits of Chaga are:

  • Natural blood cleaner removing years of build up.
  • High in Melanin which can prevent sunburn.
  • Anti-parasite capabilities
  • Mental clarity
  • Improves breathing
  • Adrenal burnout
  • Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels

Chaga has a slight vanilla flavor. A very pleasing taste but can be disrupted if while brewing it is overheated to boiling point. Be careful to simmer at low temp for required time.

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is known as the “Elixer of Life” or the  “King of Herb” Hence why Doctors and Naturopaths believe it to be a great alternative medicine. They grow at the base and stumps of deciduous trees, but today are commonly cultivated on hardwood logs or sawdust/wood chips.

Best used for cancer treatments neutralizing cancer cells, it has many other benefits:

  • Anti-aging
  • Aids in Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Heart and Liver disease.
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach issues such as ulcers.
  • Diabetes

How to make Medicinal Wild Mushroom Tea:

In a plastic bag or between a towel, using a wooden mallet break pieces into approx 1/2″ cubes for easier steeping. Researching the proper amount of mushrooms per water was difficult so I decided to wing it. I like to make 2-liter batches at a time. The recommended amount to get required benefits is 1-3 cups per day. So it lasts about 4-5 days. Once your batch is brewed you can save the mushrooms in the fridge to use for 1 or 2 more brews.

  • 2 liters of spring water
  • One handful or 1 cup amount of mushrooms. I love to add the two mushrooms together for a great tasting tea with even more amazing benefits.

Crock pot method:

 Add 2 liters of water with approx a handful of mushrooms to pot. On high simmer 2 hours to be careful it doesn’t come to a boil and decrease temp to low for 3-4 more hours. You can definitely steep longer if desired as tea will only become darker as it steeps. Remove liquid by pouring through a strainer. Most sediment stays on the bottom. Slower process but works great if you work and leave it on low. To make an even healthier elixir I added 1 1″ slice of Ginger, a 1″ piece of Ginseng, and 3 Cinnamon sticks. This adds a bit more of an energy kick as well as more anti-inflammatory benefits.

Stove Top:

Add 5 cups spring water to pot. Bring to boil and turn heat to simmer/low. Put about 1/4 cup of mushrooms. Cover slightly with lid and let simmer for 4-5 hours. Steeps faster so you can scoop out a cup and drink after 1 hour usually.

Do Not Let Boil!!

I like this method the best. The process works faster. Good for daily batches.

Enjoy your cup of Medicinal Wild Mushroom Tea Elixir to Better Health. It will last in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.

 

In just a couple day I felt better, I look better, and less fatigue and more energy during the day and seem to sleep better at night. ( drink no later than 6-7 at night. I can’t wait to see how I feel in weeks and months. You may add a touch of stevia or maple syrup if desired. Adding coconut oil to your tea has added benefits and increases the bioavailability (absorption) as well. CHEERS!

Where to purchase Chaga and Reishi mushrooms: I bought mine at a local health food store but you can also buy them in capsules, oil, tea or raw at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. You can purchase ready-made tea as well at

You can purchase detox teas that help with weight loss. I haven’t tried them yet but they are at Vida Divina and Iaso TLC

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