In the forests of the worlds northern hemisphere, there is a parasitic mushroom called Chaga, that makes its home on the trunks of our birch trees. Chaga is generally found in the cold areas of the world, where birch trees grow. Not beautiful by any means to look at, but do your research, another POWER PACK. Chaga is hard almost like wood, and not like any mushrooms we are familiar with.
Siberians call it “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality” , and Chaga is a health food which supports the entire system. The huge range the Chaga healing benefits, makes it a most important addition to the natural medicinal world today. It is an amazing tea.
Chaga appears on the outside of birch trees that are infected with the non toxic parasitic fungus Inonotus Obliuus and looks like burnt charcoal, called sclerotium.
Once the tree is infected, it takes several years (3-5) until it can be harvested. It should also only be harvested from living trees and great care should be taken not to damage the tree. Chaga is then dried and then broken up and ground into a powder for tea.
A reinforcer of the immune system with its potent amount of beta-glucans and also full of the cancer cell killer betulinic acid. Rich in vitamins A.C,B,D and E. Strong source of minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. Super potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-candida, and anti-parasitic source. Highest level of enzyme superoxide dismutase SOD that promotes the breakdown of free radicals and noted to be highly effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, cataracts, gout, scleroderma, and osteoarthritis.
Cant' say enough about this anti aging fighter, as it regulates and stimulates the immune system so well, it also reduces inflammation, highly valued in a variety of natural cancer treatments and preventative protocols fighting cancer, supports blood pressure and cholesterol, and aids to decrease stressful feelings. Besides cancer, it was regularly used as a remedy for ulcers, tuberculosis of the bones, and gastritis.
Chaga tea can be made by adding 1 teaspoon of Chaga extract powder to 8oz of hot water.
Again please do your own research, and ALWAYS ensure if you are going to forage your own herbs, you know what you are doing and you are 100% accurate with what you find. If you do find what you are looking for, take a photo and have an expert ID, anything you find interest in, if you are not experienced.
Does not take much time, to take an hour and find out your own benefits of this amazing god given power food. Always remember that many things work for many, but there are always a few that these medicinal tips may not work or but certainly worth the try and the research. As much as I love sharing natural health, the sad part about sharing historical remedies from our old gold elders, is the greedy go after it, and you find it in the market for sale, for too much money, and worse most is not all natural.
A well written article on Chaga, click here.
Again, just sharing another one of my natural discoveries, as we rediscover our plants that were created for better health.
As always, soulspirations - Vicky