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Reishi Mushroom Chai Recipe for Immune Support


Each October, I get to set up the Mountain Rose Herbs booth at the wonderful Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival here in Eugene, Oregon. I absolutely love this event! It typically brings out 3,000 mycophiles eager to learn about wild mushrooms and peruse the many species on display. Aiming to be festive with fungus, I’ll usually brew up a large batch of reishi chai. Chai is one of my all-time favorite teas, and adding reishi mushroom slices (Ganoderma lucidum) gives it the added perk of supporting immune health*.

Reishi Mushroom Chai Recipe for Immune Support



  1. First, decoct reishi mushroom slices in 4 cups of water by bringing water to a boil, then simmering for 1 to 2 hours (the longer the better.) You can do this a day or so in advance, or right before you make your tea.
  2. Remove mushrooms from liquid.
  3. Put 3 tablespoons of chai into a tea infuser, tea net, or tea bag and submerge in decocted mushroom liquid.
  4. Pour 2 to 4 cups boiling water over chai and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes, or to taste. 
  5. Remove the chai before serving.

Red cast iron teapot with cup of hot tea, spoon of chai ingredients and Reishi mushroom slices


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 *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


 This post was originally a part of our series called "The Sunday Steep." 

Topics: Recipes, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Mason on September 20, 2018

Mason Hutchison is the founder of HerbRally, a podcast and website that promotes herbalism education and events. He has completed herbalism apprenticeships at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies. Mason is the Events & Outreach Strategist for Mountain Rose Herbs. His day-to-day work involves organizing community events such as the Free Herbalism Project, as well as attending herbal conferences throughout the country. He is the co-organizer of one of the longest running herbal events in the US, the Breitenbush Herbal Conference. He is also on the board of directors for the Eugene Tea Festival. He has previously volunteered for the Occupy Medical herb team and the Native Plant Society of Oregon – Emerald Chapter. Mason is a proud father, avid basketball and ping pong player, spring water gatherer, and an enthusiast in the art of frugal nutrition.

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