mushroom tea guide

How To Make Mushroom Tea (Guide)

How To Make Mushroom Tea with Healing Properties

In this quick guide you will learn exactly how to make mushroom tea at home using mushroom powders. You can use mushrooms like Lion’s mane, chaga, turkey tail, cordyceps and reishi to make a delicious, and health forward tea. Use this guide to learn the secrets to making the perfect cup of mushroom tea.

Using dehydrated mushrooms to make teas is a simple way to incorporate the health benefits of mushrooms into your routine. You can buy powders made from 100% fruiting bodies to make the whole process easier. Please read on for detailed steeping instructions and a list of things you’ll need.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried Mushrooms or Mushroom powder
  • Re Usable Tea Strainer or Disposable Tea Bag
  • A Cup or Mug
  • A Kettle or Way to Boil Water
  • A Coffee Grinder (optional – see below)

Step One - Boil Water

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The first step is to heat your water. You can use an electric kettle for this, or a stove top and a pot. Heat up at least 1 cup (250 ml) of water until boiling. During this time you can continue with step two.

Step Two - Grind Mushrooms

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Using a coffee grinder, grind the right amount of mushrooms (typically between 1-3 grams of dried mushrooms) to make the perfect cup. The mushrooms should be ground into a fine powder to maximize their bio availability when you make your tea. (which is essentially a mushroom extract for those who didn’t know)

Skip This Step & Buy Powders

For those of you who don’t have access to a coffee grinder, there’s no need to worry because you can still make a healing mushroom tea. To make this whole process easier, you can buy pre-ground mushroom powders and use them to make mushroom teas.

Step Three - Prepare Your Tea

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This is part where you can get a little creative. While some people choose to make mushroom tea “straight up”, and that’s fine. You could however, add some different herbs to the mix for even more therapeutic effects. Once you have decided on your blend, add everything into a disposable tea bag, or reusable tea strainer.

Things You Can Add

  • Green Tea, Black Tea, Chai Tea
  • Tumeric Powder
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Dried Fruits (apples, peaches, pineapple, etc.)
  • Lemongrass
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Sage Leavs
  • Anything You’d Like!

Step Five - Enjoy!

drinking mushroom tea

Now, it’s your time to relax. Find a quiet place that you enjoy, to sit, and enjoy your delicious and healing mushroom tea. We hope this guide helped you learn how to make mushroom tea. For more information on this method and it’s benefits please continue to read to the end of the page.

Step Four - Steeping

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Now that you have prepared he perfect mushroom tea blend it’s time to steep your tea until it’s ready to drink. Pour in one cup (250 ml) of hot water into your cup and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Once steeped, you can add a splash of hot water to increase the temperature to your liking.

Please Note: If you are incorporating other teas like green tea, or black tea. You will want to decrease the steep time as those teas can become bitter if steeped too long.

Step Five - Enjoy!

drinking mushroom tea

Finally, you can now take a minute to relax and enjoy a cup of healing mushroom tea that you made. Find a quiet place to sit and sip on your tea and let the healing properties of mushrooms work their magic on your whole body.

If you enjoyed this guide and would like to know more, please keep reading. In the rest of this article we will break down the benefits of extracting mushrooms in hot water. (ie. making a mushroom tea)

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What Is A Hot Water Extraction? (ie. Making Tea)

Hot water extraction is a traditional method used to draw out the beneficial compounds from mushrooms, turning them into a tea. This process involves simmering mushrooms in water to release their active ingredients, such as polysaccharides, beta-glucans, and triterpenes, which are known for their health benefits. Mushroom tea not only provides these health benefits but also offers a comforting and flavorful way to consume mushrooms.

How Does Hot Water Extraction Work?

Hot water extraction works by breaking down the tough cell walls of mushrooms, which are composed of chitin—a fibrous substance that is difficult for the human digestive system to break down. By boiling the mushrooms, the hot water helps to rupture these cell walls, allowing the release of the water-soluble compounds into the tea. The process typically involves simmering dried or fresh mushrooms for a prolonged period, usually between 30 minutes to an hour, to ensure maximum extraction of the beneficial compounds. This method is effective for extracting polysaccharides, which are responsible for many of the immune-boosting properties associated with medicinal mushrooms.

Can You Extract Everything?

Not everything can be extracted through hot water alone. While hot water extraction is excellent for pulling out polysaccharides and some triterpenes, it is not as effective for extracting fat-soluble compounds, such as certain triterpenoids and sterols, which require alcohol-based extraction. Therefore, while hot water extraction is highly beneficial and widely used, it may not capture the full spectrum of beneficial compounds present in mushrooms. To achieve a more comprehensive extraction, some people use a dual-extraction method, combining both water and alcohol extractions.

What Does Get Extracted?

During hot water extraction, several key bioactive compounds are released from mushrooms, enhancing their health benefits:

  1. Polysaccharides: Particularly beta-glucans, which are known for their immune-boosting properties and potential anti-cancer effects. For instance, a study published by the University of Wisconsin’s Family Medicine department discusses the immune-stimulating effects of beta-glucans extracted from mushrooms through hot water extraction.

  2. Proteins and Peptides: These compounds have antioxidant, anticancer, and immunomodulatory effects.

  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Essential nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, potassium, and selenium are released during the extraction process.

  4. Phenolic Compounds: Known for their antioxidant properties, these compounds help protect the body from oxidative stress and inflammation.

For more detailed information on the compounds extracted through hot water extraction, you can refer to the study by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute which provides insights into the purification of water-soluble polysaccharides. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin Study elaborates on the health benefits of these bioactive compounds.

What If I Extract My Mushrooms Twice?

If you steep the same mushrooms twice in hot water, you can still extract some beneficial compounds, but the potency will generally be lower with each subsequent extraction. The first steeping typically extracts the majority of the water-soluble compounds, such as polysaccharides and beta-glucans. However, a second steeping can still yield some additional benefits, as not all compounds are fully extracted in the initial process.

To maximize the extraction in the second steeping, you might need to simmer the mushrooms for a longer period or at a slightly higher temperature. While the flavor and concentration of the tea may be weaker, you can still obtain some of the remaining beneficial compounds. This method can be useful if you want to ensure you’re getting the most out of your mushrooms, especially if they are particularly expensive or rare.

What Are The Benefits Of Making Mushroom Tea?

Making mushroom tea allows you to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of mushrooms in an easy-to-consume form. The hot water extraction process releases bioactive compounds such as polysaccharides, vitamins, and antioxidants, which can support immune function, reduce inflammation, and promote overall wellness. Drinking mushroom tea can also be a relaxing ritual, contributing to stress relief and mental clarity.

What Kind Of Mushrooms Can I Use?

  • Reishi
  • Chaga
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Turkey Tail
  • Shiitake
  • Maitake
  • Cordyceps
  • Agaricus Blazei

Can Other Things Be Added To Mushroom Tea?

  • Yes, you can enhance the flavor and benefits of mushroom tea by adding:

    • Honey
    • Lemon
    • Ginger
    • Cinnamon
    • Mint
    • Herbal tea blends (e.g., chamomile or green tea)

Can Kids Drink It?

Kids can drink mushroom tea, but it’s important to consult with a pediatrician first, especially for younger children. Start with small amounts to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

Can You Drink Too Much Mushroom Tea?

While mushroom tea is generally safe, consuming it in excessive amounts can lead to digestive discomfort or allergic reactions in some individuals. Moderation is key—enjoy the tea as part of a balanced diet and monitor how your body responds. If you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications, consult with a healthcare professional before adding large quantities of mushroom tea to your diet.

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