What is chaga?

Chaga is a mushroom that grows over the course of many years on birch trees, sucking the life force and medicine out of the tree and making it bio-available to us humans. Unlike most other tree mushrooms, chaga grows on living trees.

Chaga is known to many as the King of the forest. It is one of the most praised superfoods. Among other health benefits, chaga tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world, containing not only some of the highest levels but also an exceptionally rare diversity of antioxidants. It is also alkalizing and an “adaptogen”, meaning that it works with your body’s unique constitution to bring you back toward balance. Chaga has been used for thousands of years by people in Siberia, Russia and other parts of Asia. In fact, the emperor of China once outlawed chaga, as he wanted exclusive use of this age-defying tonic so that he could appear eternally “young” while everyone around him grew old!

Chaga is now  available to you with love and kindness.

What is chaga good for?

Chaga has an exceptional abundance of antioxidants (Super Oxide Dismutate, Betulinic Acids, Betulin, Melanin, etc.), so it works at the cellular level, protecting the body from free radicals and cell degeneration such as cancer. Also, naturally-occuring waxes in the chaga form a protective sheath around your cells, keeping them strong and immune to premature degeneration and “aging”.

Chaga strengthens the immune system, and is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Thus it is an effective tonic against candida and various infections.

Chaga is extremely alkalizing, and thus balances the whole body. It has no buzz; in fact, people find chaga to be very grounding.

Chaga has shown positive effects on people suffering from many many conditions, such as cancer, internal infection,  immune system difficulties, DNA degeneration, ulcers and digestive disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory problems, etc. See Dr. Cass Ingram’s book The Cure is in the Forest for more information on this remarkable superfood.

Chaga is a good source of rare vitamins D and B, and many minerals.

When and how much to take?
Chaga is an adaptogen which means that it will respond to your body’s particular conditions to bring you back toward balance. You can not overdose on it. To treat a medical condition, drink one cup three times daily; otherwise, enjoy as you wish. Chaga is a great replacement to coffee.

What to do with it?
To make a tea: put a small handful of chaga into one liter of water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, save the chaga and re-use it 2 more times. You can make the tea stronger by simmering it longer or using more chaga. Add a cinnamon stick and other chai spices in the winter for a more flavourful blend!

I also make various kinds of chaga extracts.

Some people powder it and add it raw to a smoothie.

How is it processed?
I travel up north in Quebec and Ontario to harvest chaga from preserved pristine boreal forests. Then I dry the mushrooms, and chip them into small chunks with a hatchet. At this point they are ready to be brewed as a tea. I give blessings to the trees and the mushrooms every step of the way. Brewing and drinking chaga with positive intentions will increase the benefits.