Reishi Mushroom (Ling Chi or Ling Zhi) January 05 2015

Reishi is the Japanese's name.  It means 10,000 year mushroom!  In Chinese, this woody mushroom is called Ling Chi or Ling Zhi, it means mushroom of immortality!  This mushroom was so precious that only the kings and queens could afford it.  Their servants had to travel hundreds, or even thousands of miles and high up the mountain to harvest from the wild.  It's only very recent that Reishi mushrooms were cultivated. 

This is a powerful, medicinal mushroom that helps to cleanse and detoxify our body.  The high level of antioxidants in the Reishi can help strengthen our immune system and reduce inflammation. Reishi can also help strengthen the function of our organs, relieve arthritis pain, suppress or prevent growth of tumors, even help with candida overgrowth. 

To make the tea
Each mushroom can make approximately one gallon of medicinal tea. Bowl a pot of filtered water, or the purest form of water you find, slice it in small pieces and place in water.  Bring water to boil then turn heat to low and simmer for 30min or up to 2 hours with the lid on.  The longer you steep the tea, the richer the flavor will be. You can reuse Reishi to make the tea two more times after.  Each time the flavor will be less intense than the previous.  Finally you can compost it. 

Tea is best to drink warm.  The rest you can store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.  I hope you get a chance to try this wonderful, medicinal tea!

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Watch how I made Reishi tea!