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Enjoy turkey tail mushroom tea via French press

How to Make Turkey Tail Mushroom Tea with Convenient Superfood Powder

by Shelly Roberts

May 04, 2021

Loose leaf tea drinkers understand the importance of quality tea—that’s often why they prefer loose leaves over tea bags. But while the process of measuring, steeping, and straining loose leaf tea can be relaxing, even ceremonial, there are times when even tea connoisseurs need to prioritize convenience. This is especially true when the tea has potential health benefits and it's important to drink daily for the best results. It's possible to enjoy turkey tail mushroom tea—and all of its benefits—with convenient prep that's easy to incorporate into your daily routine. 

Recipes that include turkey tail mushroom powder are simple, reliable alternatives to steeping loose tea. And this easy option provides potential nutritional and immune-supporting benefits that are sustainable. 

What’s in Turkey Tail Mushroom Tea?      

Earthy, mildly bitter turkey tail mushroom tea is traditionally made by steeping dehydrated turkey tail mushrooms in hot water. This heat process softens and loosens the mushroom's cell walls, making beneficial adaptogens, like beta-glucans and antioxidants, more bioavailable for our bodies.

But steeping loose mushrooms isn't the only way to make turkey tail tea. You can achieve similar results by mixing high-quality turkey tail mushroom powder in hot water. Unlike with loose mushrooms, there is no waiting period before you’re ready to drink turkey tail tea made with mushroom powder. In fact, Om Mushroom powders have already undergone a heat activation process that increases its bioavailability. Om Mushrooms are exposed to steam even before they are dehydrated and milled; this steam heat serves the purpose of softening the mushrooms’ chitinous cell walls. Then, milling takes the cell wall breakdown to another level and vastly increases the surface area of mushroom powder for our bodies to assimilate. Hence, it isn’t necessary to expose the turkey tail or other functional mushroom powders to a specific temperature or for an adequate time period in order to activate the potential health benefits.

Mushroom powder makes it easy to incorporate the recommended dosage of turkey tail mushrooms. Plus, when you use a whole food mushroom powder, you get added benefits like prebiotic fiber and other vitamins and minerals you may not get with an extract. By incorporating these nutrients into your daily health routine via turkey tail mushroom tea, you can support your body’s immune health and the maintenance of overall health and vitality.

Other Functional Mushrooms That Taste Great in Tea

In addition to turkey tail tea, there are other popular functional mushroom teas that can support your body’s natural healthy functions. And, you can just as easily mix these various mushroom powders to create a blended tea along with turkey tail mushroom powder. 

Chaga

Chaga mushrooms have been used to support gut health. In addition to its antioxidant- and immunity-supporting properties, chaga can also add an earthy flavor to your tea.

Lion’s Mane

Recognized for its cognitive supporting nutrition, Lion’s mane offers a smooth, savory flavor when added to teas, coffees, or smoothies. 

Reishi

Reishi is recognized by mushroom researchers as the “mushroom of immortality,” for its immune-modulating and balancing properties. Its bold, robust flavor provides just the right taste for tea and coffee drinkers that enjoy an extra boost of energy and sustainability.

Because mushrooms are hearty and often earthy in flavor, many of these functional mushroom species pair well with common additions to tea recipes such as lemon, ginger, cinnamon, and honey.

How to Make Turkey Tail Mushroom Tea 

Conveniently incorporate the nutrients from turkey tail (or other) functional mushrooms powders into your tea with two easy methods for steeping:   

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of hot water or dairy or nut milk per serving
  • 2 grams of functional mushroom powder
  • Lemon to taste (optional)
  • Ginger to taste (optional)
  • Cinnamon to taste (optional)
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Directions for tea infuser method:

  1. Using a teapot, kettle, or saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Add functional mushroom powder to a tea infuser and place in the hot water or stir directly into the water. 
  3. Allow the tea to steep for at least five minutes (or more for a bolder flavor). 
  4. Pour the mixture into a mug and enjoy!

Directions for French press method:

  1. Using a teapot, kettle, or saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Add 2 grams per serving of the mushroom tea mixture to the bottom of your French press. For example, if your French press serves six cups, add enough of the mixture to consider the number of cups you are brewing.
  3. Pour hot water just to cover the dry mushroom mixture and stir. Allow the tea to steep in the French press for at least five minutes.
  4. Then, add the remainder of the boiled water over the mixture.
  5. Blend well and add the lid to cover the French press, slowly lowering the plunger after a few minutes of additional steeping. 
  6. Pour the mixture into a mug and enjoy!

The Convenience of Functional Mushroom Powder for Tea 

With an easy-to-measure serving of functional mushrooms in a ready-made powder, you won’t have to use a coffee grinder, a strainer, or worry about imprecise measurements with loose mushroom pieces. You can simply add the mixture to hot water or milk and steep. Add a little more flavor to your tea with a matcha latte or premixed blend, hot or iced, or infused with fruit. Hot and savory broths are another convenient way to enjoy the benefits of functional mushrooms.

In each serving, Om Mushroom’s organic mushroom powders contain the recommended dosage of functional mushrooms to support your body’s natural immune functions. If you’re new to functional mushroom consumption, it could take your body up to three weeks to experience health benefits. It’s recommended that new users double the recommended dosage of 2 grams per day for the first three weeks as many supplements are bioreactive and it takes time for your body to assimilate. 

Turkey tail mushroom tea and other functional mushroom powder-based teas are a hassle-free and delicious way to enjoy the potential benefits that support your body’s natural functions.  

Om Mushroom offers products created from functional, whole food, organic mushrooms that have life-changing health benefits. Our products contain the recommended dosage of turkey tail mushrooms to support your body’s natural immune functions. 

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References:

  1. https://ommushrooms.com/blogs/blog/turkey-tail-mushroom-benefits
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5618583/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6055023/
  4. https://ommushrooms.com/blogs/blog/superfood-supplements-immune-support
  5. https://ommushrooms.com/pages/turkey-tail-mushroom-supplements

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Functional mushroom products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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