Botanical name: Inonotus obliquus
Country of Origin: Canada
Production: Sustainably wild harvested and air dried within 48 hours.
Qualities: Chaga is a mushroom that grows on birch trees in cold climates in the northern hemisphere. It is packed with nutrients and has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. It is loaded with minerals, vitamins, phenols, antioxidants, and enzymes from the birch trees, which join and create a dynamic and healthful concoction. Chaga is known for its anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting properties.
Common Use: There are many ways of adding chaga to one’s diet, the most common being to make a strong tea or tincture. Chaga cell walls are made of chitin, which is a very hard material, making chaga indigestible to humans unless it is properly cooked. This means that an extraction process is necessary in order to crack the cell walls and release the beneficial ingredients.
Hot water extraction is recommended in order to obtain optimal benefits from chaga. The slow, hot water method releases all of the active ingredients. Combine chaga chunks with water and heat on medium-low heat for 3-10 hours. (A slow cooker works great for this process!) Do not bring the water to a boil, as it may damage some of the beneficial nutrients. When the liquid develops a rich, dark colour, similar to coffee, the chaga tea is ready. Strain the tea and enjoy!
Strained chaga chunks can be stored in the freezer and reused three to five times. Leftover tea can be stored sealed in the fridge.
Storage: Store in a dry place at room temperature. Store used chaga chunks in the freezer for reuse.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.