Welcome to Chaga
About Chaga Mushroom
The scientific name for Chaga is Inonotus Obliquus. It is ranked as a species and belongs to the Hymenochaetales family. Chaga is also referred to as the King of Herbs because it contributes to curing more than most other herbs. Chaga is called the Tinder Fungus, Clinker Polpore, Birtch Conk, “Diamond in the Forest”, “A gift from God”, “The Mushroom of Immortality”
What is Chaga
Chaga is a fungus or mushroom that grows primarily on Birch trees, but I have also found on Oak, maple and other hard woods. I would recommend only harvesting and using Chaga from yellow, white or silver Birch trees. Burls, knots, or burnt patches on trees are often mistaken as Chaga. Chaga can be located in any part the world primarily in the Northern Hemisphere where Birch trees can be found.
I use a terminated Quartz Crystal to help bring out the ancient healing energy in the Chaga Ginger ads to the flavors and medicinal value too.
How Chaga can boost your Immune system and health
The Chaga fungus is a super food because it contains high quantities of Beta Glucans, Polysaccharides, Phytosterols, Betulin and Betulinic acid (Triterpenes), Superoxide Dismutase (SODs), Antioxidants, Vitamins B2, D, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, potassium, rubidium and cesium, silicon, germanium, manganese, selenium, zinc, antimony, barium, bismuth, boron, chromium, copper and Melanin. Chaga treats each individual differently because it modulates your immune system by supplementing the nutritionally neglected aspects of your body.
Chaga is known to support your Immune system, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, break down gastritis and ulcers, soothing properties, repair and protect DNA, anti-microbial activity.
If I was forced to consume only one super food outside of my regular diet and had a choice of what that food could be, I would choose Chaga over anything else that earth has to offer.
I have found more Chaga within 20 yards of any road side, low lands, swamps or water source. I contribute this to the fact that cars contribute toxins that find their way into the soil causing the trees and plants to fall ill. Trees growing in water or near water may also be more susceptible to imbalances that make them perfect for parasitic growth.
Be nice to the Chaga and its tree. Remove all things from God’s body (planet earth) ethically. Use a hatchet, mallet or saw to control the amount of Chaga you remove cleanly from the tree. Yes, its true Chaga grows on ill or dying trees however its job is to keep the tree alive, please do not dig the Chaga out of the tree and always leave enough Chaga so that it will grow back and keep its symbiotic relationship growing.
Its always best to venture into the woods with another person and always use a ladder over climbing a tree.
If you can’t personally go out into the woods and gather this fabulous wonder food yourself, then you will have to buy it if it is not gifted to you by a friend. Chaga is worth what you are willing to pay to drastically improve your health. However, what you are buying may not help you as you intend to be helped. If it is not Chaga, harvested from a dead tree or has negative energy attached to it what you are buying may harm you.
Sadly money is the king motivator for why some people harvest Chaga. The good news is anyone regardless of their social economical background or intent, who has experience with Chaga will become a better person and exist more symbiotically with our planet.
I exist living symbiotically with nature. I understand and continue to learn about frequencies, vibrations and the abstract aspects of spirituality and our existence. I harvest the Chaga ethically and inform each piece to heal and protect the body that consumes it.
We prefer to sell Chaga as it comes off of the tree. However due to consumer demand we sell and can process it in most forms such as cubes and powder. The Chaga that we currently have for sale has been cured for over a year. We charge .10 - .15 cents per gram. All proceeds from the sale of Chaga or any other gathered, grown or crafted products and services help me promote a symbiotic relationship with Earth, support my family and community.
Burls are often mistaken as Chaga
and some may catagorize Chaga as a burl. A Burl will have to be removed by way of Saw where as Chaga can be knocked off with a hatchet or by hand if large enough.
The most popular and best way in my opinion to consume Chaga is by way of a tea. Most people who advertise Chaga for sale or use it believe in grinding the Chaga into a powder or smaller cube / parts then boiling it. Chaga has many properties that cannot always be exposed in every part of its being. Boiling Chaga is only one way of extracting a certain group of benefits. Chaga tinctures have another set of benefits, cooking with chaga or breathing in the powders or smoke are known to have varying positive health effects. For this reason I like to keep as much of the natural body for boiling in relation to the size of the pot I am using. I believe when you break the body apart it becomes weaker and less potent.
Boiling Chaga Tea
Obtain a slow cooker, crock pot or large soup pot. It is important to use a non magnetic pot, if possible, such as porcelain or stainless steel to prevent EMF radiation and other harmful frequencies from manipulating the cell structure of foods your preparing (for more on EMF radiation visit here).
Water is the most important ingredient used in making any Tonic tea, especially Chaga, if possible use fetched spring water or drilled well water. Using tap water or bottled water works against the purpose and reduces the medicinal effects.
Chaga has been growing on a tree, in some cases for over a decade. It may have had insects in it or been exposed to many deleterious elements. To make sure you are not consuming anything unwanted, disinfect your chaga by pre-boiling water and submerging your fresh chunk in the boiling water for 30 seconds before removing it.
Change the water in the pot, place the chaga in it and let it brew for at least 4-8 hours on minimum heat. If you are using a crock pot you can kee te heat on high but make sure the water does not evaporate or you may crack the pot. Even on minimum heat your water should still come to a boil or reach very high temperatures and the chaga itself creates heat and is highly combustable. Is best to start your tonic tea before bed that way you can wake up and enjoy your brew. Your Chaga will have a deep dark black coffee look with a slight red or golden tone if held up in a glass exposed to light. The Chaga tea will have a wood like flavour that can be on the bitter and or sweet side.
When the pot of chaga is half consumed top it off with more water and repeat the process. When the darkness starts to fade its time to add another piece in the pot. Do not discard the old piece as it will add to the potency of your tonic tea. If you can afford the electricity or have a wood stove keep heat under the pot.
Cooking with Chaga is one of the most underused methods of consuming the superfood. Chaga will colour your foods without dominating the flavour of it. Simply place a chunk in soup or grate the Chaga over fish, meats, mix fine powder in with your rice and or use it as a seasoning. All heat will extract properties from the Chaga. Cooking with chaga may not give you the bang for your buck as boiling or a tincture but like eating raw foods it also has benefits. Stay tuned for recipies and more was to get Chaga inside you.
Global Healing Centre Dr. Edwar Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM