Best Time to Take Reishi: Get the most out of your mushrooms

Get the Most Out of Your Functional Mushrooms: Learn the Best Time to Take Reishi

Reishi mushrooms are beloved in the world of functional mushrooms and holistic health. Revered for centuries for their profound potential in the human body and spirit, reishi mushrooms appear in royal art and textiles as far back as the Han Dynasty. In this article, learn all about reishi and the best time to take reishi as a supplement!

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Reishi mushroom, my first fungal friend

Years ago, I was intrigued by mushrooms in general, especially those with supporting health and wellness offerings, and wanted to try them for myself. I decided to grow my own reishi mushroom, partly because I thought it would be fun and partly because I thought I would be more connected to the mushroom supplements I would eventually get from it. Once I was able to collect my little patch, I wanted to know the best way to extract it and the best time to take the reishi to make it as effective as possible.

Reishi was my candidate of choice for all functional mushrooms that could be grown in my apartment. Reishi has a reputation smallsupports relaxation and prepares the body for restful sleep. These were two things I identified with, and have struggled with, on and off, for years. After some novice googling, I decided to buy a pre-mycelial patch online.

The first thing that surprised me about reishi was its physical properties. It is very hard, like wood, and has a shiny, waxy skin. It also didn’t develop into the structure I expected. Instead of the fan and stem formation typical of mushrooms, my reishi patch looked more like an amorphous horn-like shape. As someone who has an affinity for the unconventional, this was a very satisfying result.

The best way to take Reishi supplements

In a fleeting three months, my reishi was ready for harvest. Since I only had a small batch to work with, I wanted to do it right, without wasting any. Through careful research and testing it personally, I have found that the easiest way to access its power is to make reishi into a tea. First you need to dry the mushrooms as much as you can. Placing them in the sun is one-way or simply on a bench. The fungus is hard, so it is recommended to use a coffee grinder or similar device to break the dried mushroom into powder as much as possible. Then simply pour the powder into a pot of water and simmer (about 5 grams per liter of water). The tea is extremely bitter, which is just a result of its awesome compounds – but definitely keep that in mind and consider mixing it with nut milks, honey, and whatever else you want to add.

While tea is the easiest form, tincture is best, as many of reishi’s compounds are in the form of triterpenes, which are not water-soluble. Tinctures can be made at home, but for optimal benefits look no further than our reishi products at AdaptogenShrooms. Our products are made from finely ground, 100% organically grown fruiting bodies. These organic fruiting bodies go through an initial process of extraction and concentration. This reishi powder concentrate is then used to make our products—whether it’s a double-extracted reishi tincture, our reishi calm capsules, or our reishi calm gummies—so you can get the most powerful reishi products in the world. This fine powder allows for maximum surface exposure and maximum potency in alcohol and water extractions. Having consumed reishi in all forms, I can attest to the superiority of tinctures over tea, but powders and gums are just as beneficial. Another benefit of taking the variety of reishi calm products is that you can choose the product that best fits your daily routine at any time of the day.

The Best Time to Take Reishi Supplements

The best time to take reishi is in the evening – after dinner, but close enough to bedtime that you know these sacred compounds are traveling through your circulatory system as you transition into a horizontal state. Of course, the timing and dosage depends on the person and the goals you have in mind. Reishi also supports your immune and circulatory systems, so it is equally valid to take the mushroom before traveling, in the morning on a winter day, before entering a residential area, etc. Check out this timeline for a general suggestion of the best time to take reishi, cordyceps, lion’s mane and more!

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