Learn more about Reishi for a natural transition to sleep and healthy relaxation*

Learn how to use Reishi for a natural transition to sleep*

Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? Instead of a midday siesta or prioritizing our eight hours of shut-eye each night, too many people focus on productivity instead of rest or even a regular balance. Sleep is such an important part of our body’s natural cycle and is how we are naturally programmed to rest and rejuvenate our minds and bodies. Supporting normal rest is one of the many ways that Reishi, often called the “mushroom of immortality,” can help support your overall health and well-being.* In this blog, we’ll explore how you can use Reishi to support relaxation and prepare the body for a good rest.*

Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, depending on their health, physical and mental needs and constitution.* We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping and it’s what helps us stay healthy during our days ! Many important processes take place during this time, including detoxification, bone and blood production, and healthy cognitive processing.* Studies show that adequate, healthy sleep will support healthy memory, concentration, and cognitive function .*

Before the invention of electricity, people lived next to the sun, sleeping and waking up with natural light. Our circadian rhythm is our body’s internal clock that responds to light, natural and artificial. Except for the soft light of fire and candles, humans’ circadian rhythm was generally much closer to that of the natural world before the disruption of modern blue light. It is important to keep our circadian rhythm as stable and natural as possible as it affects sleep, hormone regulation, eating habits, cell regeneration and brain wave activity. At night, melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone) is activated by darkness and encourages sleep. The use of artificial lights can inhibit the secretion of melatonin.*

Reishi for sleep can help us as we move toward a more natural cycle!* Reishi mushroom supports healthy endocrine functions in the body, which regulate hormones like melatonin and cortisol.* Reishi is known as a nervine, a type of herb that supports nervous system, promoting relaxation and preparing the body for a good rest.*

Reishi is not the only mushroom supported relaxation and preparation of the body for rest sleep!* Discover how Lion’s Mane can also promote healthy rest!*

Fast facts about the Reishi mushroom

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is a reddish brown mushroom that usually grows in moist, coastal parts of China and North America on rotting stumps of chestnut, oak and other broad-leaved trees. Known as the Queen of Mushrooms as well as the 10,000-year-old mushroom, Reishi has been used in China and Japan for over 4,000 years. Traditionally and in modern times, Reishi has been used to potentially support heart health as well as immune health.* And, of course, there is another use for Reishi: supporting relaxation from occasional stress!*

Reishi has a characteristic bitter taste unlike some other functional mushrooms. Scientific studies show that the bitterness comes from its triterpenoid compounds, which are aromatic and active.*

In traditional Chinese herbalism, Reishi is considered a Shen tonic. (Shen refers to one’s consciousness and emotional balance.) According to Traditional Chinese Herbology, when Shen is in balance, so are mood, sleep, and cognition. Modern herbalists recommend taking Reishi to support relaxation and prepare the body for restful sleep*


Support relaxation and your body’s natural transition to sleep with Reishi mushroom.*

Reishi mushroom is considered an adaptogen. It is part of an elite group of plants and mushrooms used in herbalism to support your body in managing the occasional stress it faces every day.* This occasional stress can take many forms: physical, mental or emotional. Adaptogens, as the name suggests, may help adapt in this occasional stress. Adaptogens help support the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands (collectively known as the HPA axis) by supporting the production of hormones such as cortisol. This is why Reishi helps support relaxation and prepares the body for restful sleep.* The triterpenes in Reishi are believed to support the parasympathetic nervous system (your “rest and digest” response).*

This mushroom is sometimes considered a sedative herb when taken short-term. over time, it is considered a tonic herb.* Because of this, the Reishi mushroom is a wonderful choice to incorporate into your evening rituals. The easiest way to do this is by getting some of our droppers Reishi CALM tincture as the sun goes down, but if you’re looking for something a little more intentional, we invite you to make our Reishi Relaxation Tonic.*

How to make a Reishi Relaxation Tonic*

This drink is a soothing, delicious way to wind down your day and prepare your mind and body for a restful night.* The star? Our USDA certified double extracted organic products Reishi extract CALMof course!

Good quality Reishi made with fruiting bodies can be bitter, so this recipe for a Reishi Relaxation Tonic uses creamy oat milk, with a little sweetness from honey or maple syrup and a little spice from cardamom or nutmeg. During the day, we like to pair Reishi with chocolate or coffee, but in the evening this is a great caffeine-free drink to promote a little zen.

Serves 1


½ cup of water

½ cup oat milk

1 portion Reishi Revival Mushroom Extract

1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey

⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or ground cardamom


  • In a small saucepan, bring the water and oat milk to a simmer.
  • Add the maple syrup or honey, then add the nutmeg or cardamom.
  • Remove from the heat, pour into a mug, then add a dropper of Reishi extract.
  • Sit back, sip and savor as you record your day or plan for tomorrow.

Reishi is a staff favorite here at AdaptogenShrooms! Our simple Reishi CALM tincture it’s strong with a delicious bittersweet chocolate flavor.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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