Chaga Double Extracted Tincture
This mushroom has a long history worldwide as a healer but much of what we know about it’s history comes from studies from Russia and Western Siberia where it grows in their virgin forests. It’s long use in the culture of history of the people of Eastern Europe has many historians believe that Tzar Vladimir Monomakh who ruled during the 12th century used Chaga to cure his lip cancer. The Russians have documented it’s use for cancers such as Hodgkin’s Disease since the 1600’s. It’s been a trusted remedy for liver disease, stomach issues, gastritis, worms, and TB.
Chaga is prized for it’s immunomodulating abilities particularly in it’s polysaccharides and specifically in it’s beta- glucans which boost white blood cells, that regulate and maintain the immune response in the body. It’s also one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants in the natural world. Anti- oxidants fight and protect against oxidation of free radicals which lead to cell degeneration and fatigue, illness, and inflammation. Chaga’s has an abundant amount of- Superoxide dismutase (SOD), zinc and melanin all of which help you not only fight off free radicals, toxins and solar radiation but they will also help protect your hair, your eyes and your supple skin. It’s truly beauty from inside out.
Chaga does NOT look like a typical mushroom with a cap and stem, instead it’s a chunky very dense and almost black “mass” and is harvested with an axe. It resembles black charcoal on the tree and even when it’s ground. If harvesting yourself, take only what is needed. If you leave some of the body behind, you will have more to harvest in later years. In using herbs, we must make sure that we don’t strip them of the land. We owe them everything and must make sure that we honor them always. Unlike other many other mushrooms, there aren’t any toxic lookalikes so once you know what Chaga looks like, harvesting is pretty safe. I will point out that is NOT ALWAYS true with fungi and wildcrafting is a very knowledge based art. There is no such thing as too much info when hunting mushrooms.
It may be harvested any time of the year from living trees. True Chaga has a serrated edge underneath.
Chaga is a fungus meaning that it’s not a plant at all but it’s a FUN GUY that we herbalist are enamored with. on Birch trees but it does grow on others as well. It’s also found around the globe growing on trees such as Oak, Alder or Beech in the Northern Hemisphere. Any reputable company will tell you if it’s wild harvested or grown on a substrate like potato dextrose agar. If they don’t be sure to ask.
I have been playing around with loads of goodies with Chaga. I have several teas, un- coffees, a mushroom balm, chaga tincture, a Chaga, stevia and cinnamon tincture to add to teas or coffees. My teens have been using it for the last few months of school and love it. Please check out the website if you are interested or reply to this email with questions.