Mushrooms have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. They have been known to have powerful qualities of improving energy levels, supporting your immune system, increasing cognitive awareness, and aiding in healthy digestion.
Mushrooms also help contribute to a healthy gut. They encourage good and friendly bacteria to flourish (because of its pre-biotics and polysaccharides components), and they also help with smooth digestion by aiding the healthy bacteria that is already found in your gut.
Mushrooms will always have their distinct earthy flavor, no matter what form they come in. According to many Ayurvedic experts, the earthy taste is a sign of their powerful qualities. “This earthiness is a sign of mushrooms’ ability to keep you grounded and calm your nervous system,” says John Immel, a teacher and author on Ayurvedic principles.
A popular way of bringing this ancient appreciation of mushrooms into our everyday diet is with mushroom powder. You can find mushroom powder to mix into your coffee, to mix with a morning smoothie, or to mix with some milk and sweetener to make a caffeine morning latte! The powders either come as a single origin type of mushroom, or as a blend.
Popular Types of Mushroom Powders
Reishi is perhaps one of the most popular types of mushrooms found in powder form. It’s known as the “miracle mushroom” or the “mushroom of immortality.” It can help you sleep better and build a healthy immune system.
Lion’s Mane is a bit funky looking because it actually looks…hairy. But looks aside, this mushroom has qualities of fighting disease, alleviating panic symptoms, and improving cognitive function.
Cordyceps are a favorite among people with inflammatory issues. They not only have anti-inflammatory qualities, but they’ve also been known to boost energy levels.
Chaga is great for fighting bacteria and promoting a healthy immune system. Like cordyceps, chaga also has some anti-inflammatory properties.
Making a Mushroom Latte (without caffeine or dairy)
Once you’ve decided on the type of mushroom powder you’d like, you can make this simple Mushroom Latte recipe, created by holistic health coach, Jade Holistic!
What you’ll need:
1 can of coconut milk (other non-dairy milks work, but coconut has the best texture, as well as healthy fats)
1 teaspoon of Reishi (or another mushroom powder of your choice)
1 tablespoon of honey or agave
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
something to heat the milk with (stovetop, microwave, whichever you prefer!)
a blender, whisk, or milk frother
- Warm the can of coconut milk
- Place the coconut milk, mushroom powder, cinnamon, and honey/agave in a large cup or mixer.
- For best results, blend until frothy. You can also stir, whisk, or use a milk frother.
- Optional: sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top.
- Enjoy a comforting and energy-giving start to your day!