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June 04, 2021 4 min read

What is mushroom tea (non psychedelic)?

Certain types of mushroom tea can be created by a process known as ‘steeping’, when the raw mushrooms themselves or mushroom powder are soaked in hot water. Different types of mushroom tea can be made using a variety of mushrooms, for varying purposes. It’s also common for the mushrooms to be soaked with other tea and natural flavourings. Such as lemon, honey, cinnamon, ginger, chamomile and mint leaves. Superfood mushrooms (reishi, chaga, lion’s mane, shiitake, cordyceps, for example) have adaptogenic properties, meaning they can assist your body to manage balancing stress levels, help to maintain a healthy digestive system and promote an overall sense of ease and wellbeing.

Three different types of mushroom tea you can drink

1) Reishi Mushroom Tea

Reishi is known as the most relaxing of the family of superfood mushrooms, best enjoyed a few hours before bed, to promote a restful night’s sleep. The unique nutritional density found in reishi mushrooms can help you to unwind and destress.‡ Research has shown that those who often sipped on reishi mushroom tea found that their anxiety lessened and they found their sense of overall well being and contentment had improved.

2) Chaga Mushroom Tea

Did you know chaga mushrooms contain over 47 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries?Drinking chaga tea is thought to release and enhance its nourishing and body-strengthening properties. Chaga tea is also a healthier energy boost than the jitters, caffeine crashes and withdrawal symptoms which can sometimes accompany a cup of coffee. Read up on the full list of chaga mushroom health benefits to see if with the different types of mushroom tea available, you sense chaga could be the one for you.Due to chaga’s nutritional density - this superfood mushroom can also help support your body in its function to protect itself from free radicals in skin. The oxygen radical absorbance capacity score for chaga mushrooms is one of the highest amongst natural foods.

3) Lions Mane Mushroom Tea

According to legend, Buddhist monks would use lion’s mane to help them focus and meditate for days, weeks, even months at a time. Lion’s mane tea can be used to maintain healthy cognitive functioning; in areas such as memory and focus. The research on lion’s mane mushroom brain benefits is fascinating.The most unique element of lion’s mane mushroom is its nerve growth factor (NGF), which has a number of benefits for maintaining brain function. NGF is a type of protein which contributes to a healthy functioning nervous system.

What is mushroom tea good for?

Drinking different types of mushroom tea can have multiple benefits. Just like anything containing superfood mushrooms, mushroom tea acts as an adaptogen.Adaptogens are herbs or foods that help your body adapt to stress. These mushrooms are so rich in nutritional density, no matter which type of mushroom tea you decide to sample first, you can be sure you will be treating your mind and body with care - as each mushroom promotes an overall healthy functioning body and sense of calm.

What does mushroom tea taste like?

What your mushroom tea tastes like will greatly depend on which mushroom you decide to try first - each coming with its own unique set of flavorings. Some are also much stronger than others. Lion’s mane, for example, has a much more delicate, sweeter taste than Chaga mushrooms - which can be quite bitter and earthy in comparison. Some mushrooms, such as Maitake and Resishi, have a slightly woody, spicy taste. At Rritual, there are no added flavors or sweeteners added to our products, allowing you to personalize your experience. Reishi is blended with cacao, cinnamon and ashwagandha. Offering protective antioxidants which also satisfy the senses.‡ Chaga is blended with schisandra berry, astragalus root, and eleuthero root. Lion’s mane is the least flavorful of the three, mixed in with rhodiola root and bacopa monnieri.

How to make tea with mushrooms

Luckily, making tea with mushrooms is relatively quick, easy and simple. If you’re opting for a Mushroom Powder Mix, rather than steeping the whole mushrooms themselves, simply add a chunky scoop into your favorite mug, and mix with 6 oz of hot water. You can add a herbal tea bag, or additional flavorful ingredients to suit your liking. 

Remember: mushroom tea is most effective when used consistently, so be patient with the results, and see if you notice a difference in your overall sense of wellbeing after a two-week period. Our mushroom powder Elixir Sticks offer a travel-sized alternative, so you can take your mushroom tea with you on the move.

Whether you enjoy your tea in the morning at home, in the afternoon, evening or on your way to work, we recommend making yourself comfortable and taking some time to tune in with your body.  Mushroom tea is best enjoyed in a relaxed environment, so kick back, take five minutes out of your day, and enjoy a warm and soothing Rritual designed just for you.



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