Medicinal mushrooms, like Reishi, are adaptogens and celebrated for their anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Reishi has long been revered as a magical elixir in Chinese medicine, reserved for royalty.
The healing benefits of Reishi are so off the charts it’s worth teaching yourself to LOVE it and finding creative ways to use it in delicious meals, teas and infusions. Even if you’re not a fan of the taste or texture or mushrooms (I’ve hated mushrooms my whole life till I learned how beneficial they are and discovered unique ways to prepare them.) Many of the medicinal mushroom are more commonly found in an extracted intense powder form that can be used in numerous ways and taste quite unlike the mushrooms you find on a standard pizza. ?

So what exactly are Adaptogens?

It’s a naturally occurring nontoxic substance that protects the body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing it’s physiological functions. Which means they protect you from disease, boost your immunity and promote overall health and wellness. Other adaoptogens are ginseng root, holy basil, cordyceps. The really brilliantly amazing function of an adaptogen is that it helps in a non-specific way, so it “adapts” to what YOUR body needs. How cool is that??

Here’s a recap of some of the benefits you can experience with consistent usage, again though, depending on what help your body is in need of. If your blood sugar is already stable, or you don’t have allergies….

Summary of Reishi Benefits:
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Seasonal allergy relief
  • Anti-Aging, both Internally AND Externally (it’s also called the “mushroom of immortality” for a reason ?)
  • Helps prevents tumor growth and cancer
  • Improves liver function and detoxification
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  • Supports cardiovascular system for heart health and lowering blood pressure
  • Balances Hormones naturally. Supporting and balancing the endocrine system ensures your body is able to repair itself at night, leading to an increase in quality and duration of sleep and peak functioning during the day.
  • Boosts immune function to protect against pathogens – like bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  • Improves cognitive functioning

Consuming medicinal mushrooms should be a part of your daily health & wellness routine.

Here is my super yummy Hot Chocolate recipe using Reishi

For more information on Reishi, Chaga and a few of the other medicinal healing mushrooms, including recipes, check out this book:

When looking to purchase the most effective and beneficial Reishi powdered extract here are a couple things to note:

  • The label needs to state 1. “fruiting body extract” (NOT mycelium) and 2. “dual-extracted”.
  • Look for brands that have been tested against pesticides, even if they are certified organic.
  • Extracts with at least 20% polysaccharide content to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of the active ingredients.
  • Powdered EXTRACT form is the most effective delivery system, as capsules (while still great) usually have fillers and lubricants added.

Here are the two I recommend:

Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary






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