Wild Harvested Chaga Chunks – 200g
This black-gold mushroom grows for 10-20 years on birch trees into a hard, woody mass. Chaga also grows on maple or ash trees, but the best comes straight from the birch trees of Siberia. It is thought the dark appearance of this adaptogenic fungus is derived from melanin absorbed from its host birch trees.
Melanin: “...Its role as a molecule with special properties and functions affecting general health, including photoprotective and immunological action, are well recognized. Its antioxidant, anti‐inflammatory, immunomodulatory, radioprotective, hepatic, gastrointestinal and hypoglycaemic benefits have only recently been recognized and studied.”
Pharmacological Properties of Melanin and its Function in Health Adila Salih ElObeid Afaf Kamal‐Eldin Mohamed Anwar K. Abdelhalim Adil M. Haseeb
Starting your day with Chaga brew, you will experience an energising lift and an increase in stamina. Chaga tea supports good digestion and improves the body’s ability to detoxify. It also strengthens the immune system to help you cope with stress, and is a powerful antioxidant.
Use 3-4 chunks each time and simmer in 750 ml of water. This should provide approximately 3 cups of Chaga brew.
The Chaga chunks need to be steeped for at least 20 mins in simmering water. Wait until the tea becomes a dark reddish-brown before consuming. If you really want to extract all of the benefits, simmer over a low heat for up to 4 hours. This will create a more bitter, rich and calming brew.
Chaga can be served cold as an iced tea. Let your Chaga tea cool over a few hours and add some ice cubes and perhaps a squeeze of lemon.
You can store leftover Chaga tea in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can also try stirring in some Altai Shiljait and or honey.
The Chaga cubes can be reused twice more after the initial extraction.
DON’T drink this tea if you are taking any blood pressure medications. Pregnant women should also avoid using the herbal tea as there is little research on whether it is safe during pregnancy.