Month: November 2015

Tea Partiers Protest Chinese Flag At Washington State Capitol (UPDATED)

The Washington state capitol put up the Chinese flag last week in honor of Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) trade meeting with Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States. But on Saturday morning, a small group of tea party activists went and protested the flag, outraged that it was flying alongside the U.S. and state flags.
A video posted by conservative activist Maria Bosworth showed the individuals – some carrying the Gadsden flag that has become a symbol of the tea party movement – watching as the Chinese flag was lowered. A man who appears to be a state trooper stands nearby and observes the proceedings.
One participant, who appears to be conservative activist Anthony Bosworth, Maria’s husband, points to him and says, “Now that’s an Oath Keeper there, making sure the Communist flag comes down. That’s an officer that I can support.”
The Oath Keepers is a right-wing group of current and former law enforcement and military officers who vow to disobey “unconstitutional” orders from the government. There is no evidence that the officer was actually an Oath Keeper.
Anthony Bosworth also posted photos from the event on his Facebook page and put up a post about Washington state’s “liberal, communist loving Governor.”
Jaime Smith, Inslee’s director of media relations, said it was simply a matter of protocol to fly the Chinese flag. State workers were lowering the flag while the protesters watched.
“The governor will often meet with dignitaries when they come to town. It’s a matter of protocol to fly their home country’s flag during their visit,” said Smith. “Our state’s Department of Enterprise Services was going to lower the flag shortly after that anyway.”
Some Republican politicians were also not pleased with the flag’s appearance.
“I was not amused to see this flag flying over our state capitol, particularly when our governor just made a big show out of ‘shaming’ Indiana for joining 19 other states with legislation to protect freedom of conscience,” state Rep. Elizabeth Scott ® told the conservative website PolitiStick. “So it’s okay to threaten a flower shop owner in our state with the loss of her house, business, etc., and we can mock other states for their attempts to protect freedom of conscience, but we’re totally fine flying the flag of a country that still throws people into prison camps because of their beliefs?”

See More : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/china-washington-flag_n_7010632.html

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How A Taste For Chinese Tea Minted America’s First Millionaires

“China, China, China,” rants Donald Trump, the presidential hopeful
who loses no opportunity to blame America’s economic woes on China and
its “unfair” trade policies. But how did the fortunes of the free world
and the Middle Kingdom become so inextricably intertwined? What started
it all?

The roots of U.S.-China trade can be boiled down to one
fragrant little word: tea. The history of the tea trade is a
fascinating story of wealth, adventure and cultural exchange, but also a
tragic one of human suffering and cruelty.

Although many
Americans gave up tea as an unpatriotic beverage after the Boston Tea
Party in 1773 and turned to coffee, the majority still craved it. And it
was this overwhelming demand for tea that motivated the newly
independent United States, finally free from the monopolistic clutches
of Britain’s East India Company, to sail to China in search of it.

On a beautiful February morning in 1784, the first American trade ship
to China, Empress of China, set sail from New York. To pay for the tea,
its holds were filled with 242 casks of choice New England and
Appalachian ginseng, for which there was an enormous demand in China.
Everything about that maiden voyage was symbolic: Feb. 22 was George
Washington’s birthday; a 13-gun salute was fired to represent the 13
states; the two goods being bartered were indigenous to the two
countries.

See More : http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/10/06/446326848/how-a-taste-for-chinese-tea-minted-americas-first-millionaires

Why You Should Drink Tea For Clear, Beautiful Skin (And 7 Teas To Start Drinking)

Tea offers so much more than warmth and hydration. Steep the right teas and you’ll relax, be better equipped to fight off a cold, feel more energetic, and, yes, defend against wrinkles! For the biggest beauty benefits, I always recommend tea rather than coffee.
A few of my favorite teas for healthy vanity:
1. Chamomile tea protects your skin from sun damage, thanks to its high concentration of the phytochemical quercetin, and promotes restful sleep and cramp relief during your period.
2. Dandelion root tea is a gently diuretic brew that supports liver function anddigestion, both of which are essential for gorgeous skin!
3. Ginger tea, or an infusion of fresh grated ginger root, chases away colds, helps you digest heavy meals, and works beauty magic as a powerful anti-inflammatory for your body and skin.
4. Green tea has the ability to block wrinkle formation and even reverse UV damage, thanks to its free radical-fighting catechins like EGCG. The catechins in green tea are even more powerful antioxidants than vitamins C and E, and they’ve demonstrated the amazing ability to restore and revive dying skin cells.
5. Rooibos, or red tea, is brimming with antioxidants, including quercetin, the UVB-protectant pigment that’s anti-cancer, anti-aging, and — bonus for allergy sufferers — a natural antihistamine.
6. Tulsi tea helps the body handle stress and balance hormones with its soothing, energizing powers. Some of my favorite tulsi blends combine the herb with ginger, jasmine, and rose.
7. White tea contains anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, which directly contributes to signs of aging. White tea offers anti-aging effects even in small amounts, so you can feel beautiful about sipping just one cup.
Excerpted from Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart, courtesy of Chronicle Books.

29 Nettle Tea Benefits: Sipping on Nettle Tea for Better Health

Milarepa, the Tibetan saint, was said to have lived on nothing but nettles for decades of meditation. Yet another weed that most of us pull and throw out, like dandelions, nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb that should never be dowsed with weed-killer, but plucked and dried to make into an herbal panacea that could make the local pharmacy go bankrupt. Nettle, from the flowering plant genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae, has so many health benefits, they can hardly fit into this small space.

Stinging nettle is: diuretic, astringent, pectoral, anodyne, tonic, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, hermetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, decongestant, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine, anti-lithic/lithotrophic, herpetic, galactagogue, and an anti-histamine.

29 Nettle Tea Benefits

To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments:

  1. Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
  2. Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
  3. Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
  4. Helps to support the adrenals
  5. It helps with diabetes mellitus
  6. Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
  7. Promotes milk production in lactating women
  8. Relieves menopausal symptoms
  9. Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
  10. Helps break down kidney stones
  11. Reduces hypertension
  12. Helps with respiratory tract disease
  13. Supports the kidneys
  14. Helps asthma sufferers
  15. Stops bleeding
  16. Reduces inflammation
  17. Reduces incident of prostate cancer
  18. Minimizes skin problems
  19. Eliminates allergic rhinitis
  20. Lessens nausea
  21. Cures the common cold
  22. Helps with osteoarthritis
  23. Alleviates diarrhea
  24. Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
  25. Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
  26. Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
  27. Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
  28. Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
  29. Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas

You can brew stinging nettle leaves in almost boiling water and drink daily as a curative to all these ailments. Just be sure to check with your doctor since nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals. Enjoy nettle tea benefits today!

Source: http://consciouslifenews.com/29-nettle-tea-benefits-sipping-nettle-tea-better-health/1161788/

Read more information on nettle tea http://www.nettletea.com/
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http://www.nettletea.com/anemia/ benefits of nettle tea to anemia
http://www.nettletea.com/lupus/ how to make nettle tea for lupus
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054970195/2015/11/11/discover-the-benefits-of-chamomile-tea

Chaga Mushroon as a Potent Immune Enhancing Fungus

Recently my wife and I were walking in the woods when I spotted a rotting birch tree. All over the decaying trunk were clusters of a gnarly black growth, which I quickly recognized as chaga (Inonotus obliquus). Relatively unused in the west, chaga is a potent immune enhancing agent that is highly popular in Russia and parts of Europe, and it enjoys a major body of science for its health benefits.

Unlike most fungus, chaga is hard and woody, bearing no resemblance to mushrooms. Instead, it looks more like a cracked piece of burned charcoal. Chaga’s black color is due to a concentration of melanin, the same pigment that colors human skin. Because chaga can be used to start fires, it is also known as the “tinder fungus.”

The name chaga derives from the Komi-Permyak language of Russia’s Kama River Basin, where the fungus has played a role in traditional medicine for centuries. Chaga can be found throughout northern Asia and in Canada, Norway, northern and eastern Europe and northern parts of the United Sates.

Chaga is rich in natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phenols, containing the compounds betulin and betulinic acid – which derive directly from host birch trees. Both betulin and betulinic acid demonstrate anti-tumor effects, which explain why chaga is known as an anti-cancer agent. Additionally, some science shows that betulin can play a beneficial role in controlling metabolic disorders, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome. A group of compounds in chaga called lanostanoids also appear to play significant anti-cancer roles.

The exact anti-cancer activity of chaga is not completely understood, but some compounds in the fungus boost immune activity, some specifically prevent cancer cells from replicating, and others cause premature cancer cell death. This argues for the utilization of a whole chaga extract, rather than isolating a single compound. In chaga, many agents appear to be active against cancer.

One of the most surprising benefits of chaga is in regards to psoriasis. In one Russian study, psoriasis patients who took chaga recovered from their condition. Given that psoriasis is notoriously difficult to treat and responds to very little therpaies, this effect alone could be of enormous benefit to many.

The compound ergosterol in chaga, along with related agents, shows anti-inflammatory activity. This may account for why chaga is thought of as a life-extending agent in China, as inflammation is part of every chronic, degenerative disease. Reducing systemic inflammation can mitigate or help prevent a variety of health problems, leading to a healthier life – and presumably a longer one.

Traditionally, chaga has been used for a variety of purposes. Scientific investigation chaga’s use as an anti-allergy agent shows that in animals, the fungus has the ability to prevent anaphylactic shock – a serious and potentially fatal consequence of a severe allergy. In another study, administration of an extract of chaga reduced infection due to the Herpes simplex virus.

In a cell study, chaga showed potent activity against the hepatitis C virus. Whether this same activity will prove true in living humans remains to be seen, but if it does, then chaga will benefit thousands of people who often suffer for many years with this crippling disease.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/29/chaga-potent-immune-enhancing-fungus.html

Additional information on chaga tea http://www.chagatea.org/
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http://www.chagatea.org/chaga-tea-immune-support/ how to make chaga tea for immune health
http://www.chagatea.org/chaga-tea-wildcraft/ benefits of wild chaga tea
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054972596/2015/11/14/improve-your-health-by-drinking-hibiscus-tea

The Weight Loss Benefits of Damiana Tea

What is Damiana?

Damiana, or turnera diffusa, is a flowering shrub found throughout Mexico, the West Indies, and parts of Central and South America. The leaves have historically been used as traditional herbal therapies for tonic and cleansing purposes. Indigenous people in Central and South America have used the leaves to make a tea, which is believed to have relaxing and aphrodisiac effects.

Currently, the “Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines,” recognizes damiana leaf as an herbal supplement that may be helpful for boosting libido, relaxation, and weight loss.

How Does Damiana Work?

Damiana has a complex chemical makeup, its known compounds include α-pinene, β-carotene, β-pinene, eucalyptol, tannins and thymol. The compound damianin, a chemical essential to the plant’s structure, has been shown to produce a relaxing effect on the central nervous system. Damiana has also been shown to have a hypoglycemic effect, prompting discussion about its potential for diabetic and weight loss therapies.

It is believed that damiana may function as an aromatase inhibitor. A 2008 study by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi investigated the anti-aromatase and estrogenic activity of damiana. Compounds isolated from the leaves were evaluated for aromatase activity using a tritiated-water release assay and for estrogenic activity using yeast estrogen screen assay. Damiana extract, and the extracted compounds pinocembrin and acacetin lessened aromatase activity. Other compounds, Apigenin 7-glucoside, Z-echinacin and pinocembrin showed estrogenic activity.

Damiana For Weight Loss

Damiana encourages loose stools, which may help promote internal cleansing. However, damiana has gained the most attention when used with other plants to produce thermogenic activity.

A 2001 Denmark study noted that, when combined with guarana and yerba mate, the combination produces thermogenic effects with appetite suppression. Over a span of 45 days, overweight participants were given YGD in capsule form before a main meal. The study concluded that the combination significantly delayed gastric emptying, reduced the time in which participants “felt full” and produced significant weight loss.

Furthermore, the mood enhancing effects, combined with the appetite suppressant effects, of damiana may lead to situational improvement of conditions that predicate to overeating, particularly persons who eat for emotional comfort.

The efficacy of damiana for mood and thermogenic response has resulted in multiple patents being filed for oral appetite suppressant supplements that contain damiana.

Damiana is widely available in health food and supplement stores in a variety of delivery methods that include tea blends, capsules, extracts, tablets, and tinctures. Damiana has shown to be most effective when used with other plants and herbs for sexual potency, weight loss, mood, and normal systemic function.

References:
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/weight-loss-benefits-of-damiana/

Zhao J, Dasmahapatra AK, Khan SI, Khan IA. Anti-aromatase activity of the constituents from damiana (Turnera diffusa). J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Dec 8;120(3):387-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2008.09.016. Epub 2008 Sep 26.
Andersen T, Fogh J. Weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2001 Jun;14(3):243-50.
Kumar S, Madaan R, Sharma A. Estimation of Apigenin, an Anxiolytic Constituent, in Turnera aphrodisiaca. Indian J Pharm Sci. 2008 Nov;70(6):847-51. doi: 10.4103/0250-474X.49143.
Kumar S, Sharma A. Anti-anxiety Activity Studies on Homoeopathic Formulations of Turnera aphrodisiaca Ward. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Mar;2(1):117-119.

Additional information on damiana tea http://www.damianatea.net/
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http://www.damianatea.net/damiana-tea-as-an-aphrodisiac/ damiana tea benefits to libido
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14 Uses For Calendula Tea

Calendula is loaded with powerful skin-healing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, yet is gentle enough for most people and animals to use safely.

This week, on the blog, I’ll be sharing recipes and projects that you can make with calendula flowers and then we’ll wrap it up around Thursday with a free little eBook that you can download to your computer for easy reference.

The majority of the projects can be made with either fresh or dried flowers. I grow most of my own calendula (Baker Creek Heirloom is an excellent place to buy seeds), but occasionally supplement my supply with high quality flowers purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs or Bulk Herb Store. (affiliate links)

Quick overview of how to make calendula tea:

  • Boiling water method with dried flowers: Place around a tablespoon of dried calendula flowers in a heat proof mug and pour boiling water over them. Cover with a saucer and let steep for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Boiling water method with fresh flowers: Fill a heat-proof jar with fresh flowers and pour boiling water over them. Cap and let infuse until the tea is cool enough to drink.
  • Sun tea method: Fill a jar with fresh flowers (or ¼ full with dried flowers) and cover with water. Cap and place out in the sun for at least 5 or 6 hours.
  • Once your tea has finished infusing, you’ll want to strain it before proceeding to the next steps. (The remaining petals can be composted.) Make small batches at a time and store any leftover tea in your refrigerator. Water infusions have a fairly short shelf life, so discard the remainder after a day or two.
  • Important note: Calendula can stimulate menstruation, so pregnant women (or animals) should not use it internally. Also, if you’re on medications, have chronic health issues, or just questions in general, check with a qualified professional before self-treating with home remedies.

Here are 14 uses for calendula tea:

  1. Use as a gargle for sore throat.
  2. Use as a mouth rinse to help relieve blisters, inflamed gums or thrush.
  3. Dip small cloths or clean rags into the tea and apply as a compress to scraped, itchy, scratched or otherwise inflamed skin conditions.
  4. Use with homemade baby wipes to help alleviate diaper rash.
  5. Strain through a coffee filter and use as an eye rinse for itchy eyes due to allergies, dryness and viral pink-eye.
  6. Wash your face with calendula tea nightly, if prone to acne and breakouts.
  7. Pour some in a foot bath, for fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot.
  8. Add some to your regular bath to help soothe and heal inflamed skin or rashes.
  9. Use as a hair rinse, after shampooing, to alleviate itchy scalp conditions.
  10. Pour into a small spray bottle to make a disinfecting wound spray.
  11. Drinking calendula tea is reported to help heal gastric ulcers, congested lymph nodes and sore throat. It can potentially help break a fever by causing a sweat. Dosage is no more than 2 to 3 cups per day.
  12. Make Calendula Ice. (Freeze tea in ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove from tray and store in single layers in labeled freezer bags. Rub a cube over rashes, scrapes, or other general boo-boos as needed.)
  13. Calendula tea can safely be used on most non-pregnant animals including: dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbits, goats, chickens and ducks. It can be used as a soothing rinse for flea bites, eczema, scratches, scrapes, itchy coats or to help cleanse and heal minor wounds.
  14. For dogs prone to hot spots or other raw areas, calendula tea can be gently dabbed or spritzed on the area. This works fantastically on my little old albino dog, who frequently gets a chapped and sunburnt nose just from being outside a short while.

Source: http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/14-uses-for-calendula-tea/

Additional information on calendula tea http://www.calendulatea.net/
http://www.calendulatea.net/detoxification/ calendula tea recipe for detox
http://www.calendulatea.net/indigestion/ how to make calendula tea for indigestion
http://www.calendulatea.net/menstrual-cramps/ calendula tea benefits to menstrual cramps
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054968997/2015/11/11/what-is-reishi-mushroom-tea

How Parsley Tea Cleared Up My Skin

It wasn’t until I turned 30 that I started using makeup — and even then it was mainly because my upper lip, cheekbones and chin were covered in blemishes. But the worst was a butterfly-shaped mark that covered my forehead. It looked like a pregnancy mask. Only I was not pregnant.

I tried every possible treatment and remedy: aromatherapy, crystal scrubs, whitening formulas, you name it! Once I even rubbed onion all over my face because my grandmother said it might help. Then every time I ran, swam or cycled in the sun, the marks got darker.

Then one day, a holistic practitioner asked if I had ever tried parsley tea. Blemishes can be a sign of liver malfunction, she explained, and parsley is great for detoxing the kidneys and liver.

As usual, I did my homework and learned that parsley contains immune-enhancing vitamins (C and A) and is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, many spas use parsley for skin treatments because vitamin C not only nourishes the skin, it reduces scars and blemishes and stimulates the production of collagen, which is the key to cell reproduction and repair. Bingo!

Flat leaf (Italian) parsley is more fragrant and less bitter than the curly leafed kind, so for the next 30 days I brewed up some parsley tea twice daily, before breakfast and dinner. I bought it in bulk every week. My routine:

  • Soak parsley in water with a splash of vinegar.
  • Wrap in a towel and store in the fridge.
  • Bring a small saucepan of filtered water to a boil.
  • Put ¼ cup of parsley in a cup or teapot.
  • Pour the boiling water on top, let steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Splash of fresh lemon (optional).
  • After a month and many cups of parsley tea (always brewed fresh, to preserve vitamins and minerals), my face was spotless. Twelve years on, it still is — even though now I only drink parsley tea occasionally.

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12196/how-parsley-tea-cleared-up-my-skin.html

For additional information on parsley tea http://www.parsleytea.net/
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http://www.parsleytea.net/parsley-tea-for-kidney-cleanse/ parsley tea benefits to kidney health
http://www.parsleytea.net/bleach-free-tea-bags/ benefits of bleach-free parsley tea bags
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054972596/2015/11/14/improve-your-health-by-drinking-hibiscus-tea

Top 10 Health Benefits of Bitter Melon (Gourd) and How to Make its Juice

Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or balsam pear, is commonly grown in tropical areas and used as a food as well as a medicine.

It belongs to the gourd family and has a warty texture. It tastes very bitter. In fact, it is the most bitter among all edible vegetables.

The pods can be light to dark green in color and have oblong or oval shapes with a pointed tip at the blossom end. The inner flesh is white with rough-edged seeds. The seeds turn red when ripe.

The nutritional value of this vegetable includes protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, folate, vitamins A, C and several B vitamins.

It also contains a good amount of dietary fiber and is low in calories. It also has linolenic acid (an essential, omega-6 fatty acid) and oleic acid (an unsaturated fat).

Bitter melon is used in cooking for its bitter flavor, usually in stir-fries, soups and curries. You can even brew tea from the fruit, leaves and stems of the plant or drink bitter melon juice.

Steps to make bitter melon juice

  • Wash 1 or 2 medium-size bitter melons under cold running water.
  • Slice them down the center with a sharp knife, then scoop out the seeds and white flesh with a spoon.
  • Cut the green flesh of the melon into small pieces.
  • Soak the pieces in a glass of water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Blend the soaked bitter pieces along with the water.
  • Strain the juice to remove any solid pieces.
  • Add honey, black pepper powder, lemon juice or ginger juice for taste.

Controls Diabetes

Bitter melon helps control diabetes due to its blood glucose-lowering effect. It has three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, vicine and polypeptide-p.

It helps increase pancreatic insulin secretion and prevents insulin resistance, making it beneficial for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.

According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, a 2,000 mg daily dose of bitter melon significantly reduced blood glucose levels among people with Type 2 diabetes. However, the hypoglycemic effect was less than that found with a 1,000 mg/day dose of metformin.

Drink ½ to 1 cup of bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach each morning.
You should also include one dish made with bitter gourd daily in your diet.
Note: Do not forget to take your diabetes medications as directed by your doctor. Also, keep monitoring your blood sugar level.
Purifies Blood

Bitter melon also works as a natural blood purifier. Impure blood can cause symptoms like constant headaches, allergies, fatigue and weakened immunity.

Bitter melon helps in cleansing or detoxifying impurities in the blood. This helps in the treatment of blood disorders like blood boils and itching due to toxemia. It even imparts a “glowing” effect on the skin and keeps the skin free from problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Add a little lemon juice and honey to a glass of fresh bitter melon juice. Sip it slowly on an empty stomach daily for six months.

Source: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-of-bitter-melon.html 

Addition information on ginger root tea http://www.gingerroottea.net/
http://www.gingerroottea.net/Colon-Cancer/ how to make ginger root tea for colon cancer
http://www.gingerroottea.net/Arthritis/ ginger root tea recipe for arthritis
http://www.gingerroottea.net/Ginger-Root-Tea-Benefits/ ginger root tea benefits
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054969279/2015/11/11/bitter-melon-tea-homepage

A Healthy Reishi Mushroom Tea Recipe

The practice of drinking reishi mushroom tea has existed for years, and it’s still one of the best ways to reap the benefits of this medicinal mushroom.

The reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum and other species) is a polypore that is cultivated on logs or woodchip beds. Although softer when fresh, it becomes quite hard when dried. This is due to the presence of chitin, a carbohydrate that helps makes up the cell walls of fungi.

How does this affect your mushroom tea? It means that dried reishi is tough, with some of the medicinal molecules locked up in the indigestible chitin. So we’re going to need a long hot water extract to get these molecules out, far longer than you would brew a traditional tea.

The benefits of this tea come from water-soluble polysaccharides known as beta-glucans. These molecules are thought to:

  • Stimulate the immune system to fight infection and foreign cells
  • Inhibit tumor growth
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stabilize blood sugar

For this recipe I recommend buying your dried reishi mushrooms from Mountain Rose Herbs! Read my review of the company here.

Ingredients

  • Dried reishi mushrooms
  • Water
  • Pretty simple. The amounts are up to you. A standard reishi recommendation is 3 – 5 grams a day, although doses up to 15 grams are not uncommon for more serious illnesses.
  • If you don’t have a scale, know that 3 grams is about 1 heaping tablespoon of broken or ground reishi pieces.

The amount of water is your choice as well. It all depends on how many cups of tea you want to drink. I use about 4 – 5 cups of water for every 3 – 5 grams of reishi (you can see how exact I am about this). This will boil down to a fraction of the original amount.

Preparation

dried reishi mushroomsSmaller pieces are better for a hot water extraction. That said, have you ever tried to pulverize Ganoderma lucidum? I once broke a coffee grinder blade trying to break one apart!

Use whatever you have to break them into pieces. If you have an appliance that will grind them, that’s great. Otherwise you can try to cut with a heavy blade or break apart pieces with your hands. If this is all too much work you can still use a whole dried mushroom per pot of water.

An easy solution is to buy a pre-sliced bag of dried reishi. This will save you the trouble of having to break them apart.

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For additional information on reishi mushroom tea http://www.reishimushroomtea.com/
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http://www.reishimushroomtea.com/reishi-mushroom-tea-for-liver-health/ reishi mushroom tea recipe for liver health
http://www.reishimushroomtea.com/reishi-mushroom-tea-for-immunity/ reishi mushroom tea benefits to immunity
http://www.scoop.it/t/tealifestyle/p/4054969220/2015/11/11/home-page