Chaga Tea Infusions

by Renee Lindstrom

Chaga Tea is made from a mushroom that grows on hardwoods like Birch or Beech Trees.

beech-with-chaga

It is an odd looking mushroom that looks more like lumps of charcoal on the outside of the tree.  It usually germinates on a tree that is suffering an injury and grows to heal the tree.  In the process it draws out the medicinal benefits of the tree itself to support this healing process.  Read more on the benefits of Chaga growing on a Birch Tree.

chaga-chunks

The Chaga Mushroom is harvested before the sap starts running in the spring time.  It has a black coating on the outside and inside it is a burnt gold colour.  It is this gold colour that is broken into chunks and used for teas and infusions.

I have infuse Chaga Mushrooms up to three times in hot water.   I use one tablespoon Chaga to large pot of water filled 1/2 to 3/4 full.  Brought to a boil and then simmer until dark which only takes few minutes.   I find the first infusion to be a satisfying coffee replacement.  The second one I let cool and drink during the day as a room temperature beverage and the third infusion is what I use  in the bath or for a hair rinse.

What I have noticed since drinking Chaga Tea is my stomach and mouth is less acidic, my digestion seems to have improved and my bowel movements are healthier.  To begin with my urination increased for the first few days which settled.  I feel an internal tightening.

My interest in integrating the Chaga Mushroom is for it’s medicinal and super food benefits.  A Chaga from a Birch Tree has a  high concentration of betulinic acid which is toxic to cancer cells. To find out more on the medicinal benefits of Chaga read  or download pdf – Healing Powers of Chaga

I have read that Chaga (King of Medicinal Mushrooms)  is  higher in antioxidants foods than acai, pomegranates and blueberries and that it has more capacity to wipe out free radicals.  Apparently it is the most powerful  and concentrated antioxidant known on this planet and is available in capsule form.   The National Cancer Institute explains: “Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.”


Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

 

 

 

 

 

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