Studied most for its ability to boost the immune system, Reishi extracts stimulate T-cell action, Natural Killer cell activity, and Dendritic cell maturation (Gao, 2004). Other pharmacological effects of Reishi extract include the following: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, promotes anti-tumor activity, and acts as a central depressant to relax muscles (Hobbs, 1995; Gao et al., 20014).
All mushroom availability is seasonal.
Cooking with Reishi
Use like a Bay Leaf but recommended for teas and tinctures. To make a tea, break Reishi into pieces and simmer in water for 2-3 hours. Another easy option is to place simmered Reishi tea in ice cube trays to freeze for later usage in Iced Tea, Coffee, or Water.