Updated: Apr 24, 2020
Benefits of Chaga Mushroom
Immune system, hair, skin, nails, digestion, energy balance, stress levels and overall functioning! I love this mushroom- and bonus, it's delicious!
Chaga is a mushroom that grows on birch trees. It is native to North America and Russia where it was used by indigenous people for both medicine and to prepare for harsh winters (since it is nutritionally dense).
Chaga is known for its antioxidants. In particular it contains the highest recorded amount of SOD- superoxide dismutase, a tumour-supressing antioxidant enzyme. In holistic medicine it is used for cancer prevention and recovery.
The tea tastes and looks like nutty caramel.
It is less bitter than a black tea just on its own.
I like the brand Giddy-yoyo, tastes the best compared to the chaga I have had harvested fresh from the Canadian wilderness.
How to Make Chaga Tea
Take a look at the picture above for referencing.
A large sized handful for half a large pasta pot.
Bring the pot to medium heat.
Add the chaga mushroom, and any other roots you like, it pairs well with dandelion or ginger.
Reduce the heat and allow to simmer lightly, do not allow it to rapidly boil. If the heat goes too high the valuable constituents will be ruined.
10-15 minutes on the heat is about how long I do for my first extraction. Then allow to steep for another 10 minutes. These pieces can be reused until you no longer can extract colour from them.
Enjoy a nice cup of tea :)
Transfer into jars and place into the fridge. Can be refrigerated for upwards of two weeks,
If you are not ready to boil your next extraction, store the used pieces of chaga in the freezer until you are ready for your next use.