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March 22, 2021 4 min read

The reishi mushroom has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years, and is commonly known in Asia as ‘lingzhi’, for its healing prorperties. Reishi tends to grow in warm or tropical climates on maple trees. Click here to discover more on the basics of ‘what is reishi mushroom powder?’ The mushroom itself has vibrant rings of colour - ranging from gold, yellow, orange to burgundy. Reishi mushrooms are known to contain high levels of  ‘polysaccharides’ and ‘peptidoglycans’ which are considered to be the source of its health-benefiting effects*. Some of these include:

  • Helping to maintain a healthy immune system* 
  • Calming the body, ease a restless mind and steady the spirit*
  • Help release tension built up at the end of the day.*
  • Support a sense of calm.*
  • Prepare the body and mind for a restful night’s sleep.*
  • Help keep the body healthy and in harmony even during periods of stress.*

This article will investigate some key questions and enquiries you may have, such as the best time of day to take reishi mushroom, the easiest way to consume reishi mushrooms, and how long it is recommended you take reishi mushrooms for.

When to Take Reishi Mushroom

Due to reishi’s calming, and tension relieving properties, many believe thebest time of day to take reishi mushroom is in the evening to help ease into a state of relaxation and bring calmness to the body and mind.* When to take your mushroom extract will also depend on your desire and/or need for consuming reishi in the first place. For example, its calming effects may also be beneficial if you are moving through a particularly stressful week - in which case you could take reishi in the morning, if you feel it would help to relax you throughout the day or help tame an “overactive mind” or and frazzled nerves.*

Adaptogen mushrooms and herbs are known to help the whole body to adapt and respond to stress in a healthy, balanced way.* They can be known to adapt to the body’s stress response and the compounds they contain can possess opposing qualities, such as being relaxing or energizing.* The response is dependent on the body’s specific needs and can be factored into the time of day they are consumed.  If you do not have a personal preference here, we suggest during evening hours, when you are ready to wind down, and move into a state of relaxation. . This gives the compounds in the mushroom an opportunity to interact with your body, support the release of tension, calm the mind and promote, a restful, bedtime state.* When introducing new supplements it’s important to be continuous. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see a dramatic change straight away. It is good to develop and daily and regular routine. For most adaptogens, support and balance of body functions are best seen after regular and cumulative use.* 

What is the Best Way to Take Reishi Mushroom?

Reishi mushrooms alone aren’t exactly edible. Their tough, not-quite-delicious exterior makes them less than ideal for raw, or even cooked consumption. Typically, reishi mushrooms are ground into powders or used in thin slices to make tea. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger, peppermint or honey are added to the tea alongside the reishi mushroom slices and left to soak. This is known as ‘steeping’. 

If you’re consuming your reishi mushrooms in Rritual Powdered Mix form, we suggest one scoop of elixir  powder or Single Serving stick. Into 6-8 ounces of your favourite warm non-dairy or dairy milk. Our favourite is to mix with warm oat or coconut milk for a nourishing and soothing nightly ritual to help prepare the mind and body for bed. When mixed in warm water, Reishi Relax creates a pleasant, yet mild cacao favoured tea with floral notes and a hint of cinnamon and roasted grains. To further enhance you could also mix-in a non-dairy or dairy milk to create a creamy drink that soothes the senses.   Finding the best time of day to take reishi mushroom can depend on your intentions, we suggest any of these options or we recommend a soothing late afternoon or early evening tea or soup.

How Long Can You Take Reishi Mushrooms for?

Reishi mushrooms are generally safe to consume for as short or as long a time as needed* It is recommended that most adaptogen herbs and mushrooms such as Reishi are consumed regularly or routinely to support specific health benefits and optimal well-being.*  

How Long Does it Take for Reishi Mushroom to Work?

It’s important to not get disappointed if you do not experience an intense health benefit immediately from consuming reishi mushrooms. Results can alter from person to person - as the mushrooms are adaptive to your body’s own unique needs. We recommend drinking a reishi tea for a two-week period to see if you notice the difference. You can always add an extra scoop of mix to find a measurement, or dosage which is right for you. Click here to discover more on ‘how to use reishi mushroom powder’. On average, an individual can notice the benefits from taking high quality reishi extract after around 10 days. A significant difference in overall well-being has been reported after taking resihi continuously for two months.

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