Immunity Deep Dive Part Five: Medicinal Mushrooms
How to make Reishi tea
NOTE: DO NOT pick, eat or prepare mushrooms unless you are trained in identifying specific species. Reishi (ganoderma) is pretty easy to identify (see photo).
We collect Reishi mushrooms in the forest around our home in Olympia WA. They can be made into a tea right off the tree, or sliced and dried.
These slices (see photo) will maintain their immune-stimulating properties for decades. Even without the threat of flu or Coronavirus, we will have a crock pot of Reishi tea brewing every few weeks in the winter.
- Cut or break the slices into pieces about the size of your thumb.
- Add 2 cups of pieces to 3 quarts of water in a pot or slow cooker.
- Steep at a temperature just below boiling for at least an hour.
- Sip 4 to 6 ounces twice a day. Keep refilling the pot to make sure there is enough for everyone. You can use the same pieces for 3 to 4 days .
If you don’t live in the PNW, you can buy Reishi slices on the internet. You can also buy medicinal mushroom powders and tinctures. In the coming weeks, you will see scores of new immune products. I suggest buying from leading national brands or someone you know and trust. Healthy Skeptics will have a comprehensive immune product available in 10 days.
NOTE: Medicinal mushrooms are also available in co-ops and many supermarkets. While all mushrooms provide some immune support, SHIITAKE mushrooms (see supermarket photo) have the highest immune boost of the edible varieties. Chop and stir fry or add to soups and chilli.