Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows on live birch trees in Northern temperate climates. It can be found in regions of the world such as Russia, Korea, Europe, Canada, northern regions of the United States and in the forests of the Appalachian mountains.
This super shroom is a powerhouse of antioxidants which helps strengthen your immune system. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and holds antiseptic properties. It contains the highest amount of anti-tumor compounds of any medicinal mushroom known, especially in the form of betulinic acid. Betulinic acid is a naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpenoid which has antiretroviral, antimalarial, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as a more recently discovered potential as an anticancer agent.
It has been used to treat skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, alleviate stomach ailments and reduce blood pressure. It may also help with seasonal allergies since it works to balance our auto-immune system. Overall, its a powerhouse of goodness.
There are many ways to drink chaga such as a tea, tincture (coming to the shop soon), or by even adding it to your smoothies. My favorite way to get chaga into my diet is this raw cacao chocolate elixer. My kids go crazy for this and it is our new and improved powerhouse hot cocoa!
Chaga Elixer Recipe:
- 12 ounces of hot chaga decoction
- 1.5 Tablespoons grass fed butter OR coconut oil
- 2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder (we use this ONE)
- 1.5 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract OR a pinch of vanilla bean powder
- a pinch of sea salt
Place ingredients in a blender for about 15-20 seconds and enjoy!
Your chaga chunks can be reused again and again, basically until they stop making tea! For tea simply brew the chunks of chaga in a pot on the stove, strain once it has turned a dark brown color, and sweeten with honey. The chunks can be dried out again or you can keep brewing. We like to keep a continuous brew of it going in the cold months with a crock pot. Or you can keep batches stored in the fridge until you are ready to drink it again. It can serve as a wonderful black tea or coffee replacement! We really love chaga chunks sold HERE. And you can find chaga soap HERE.