The Chaga mushroom/conk doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all, it looks like a piece of burnt black charcoal on the outside and the inside is orange yellowish. I first thought it looked like a lightning strike. Chaga grows on rotted or wounded trees, and has a symbiotic relationship with them.
Chaga was known by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming from the masters of medicinal mushrooms in the East. The Siberian tribesmen who are also masters of medicinal mushrooms called it the “Gift from God,” and what an amazing gift it is!
Chaga mushroom is an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to any kind of stress, bringing balance to all systems and acts as a tonic to the adrenals and immune system.
It is an amazing medicinal mushroom that addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and has anti tumour properties.
It is a top source of SOD (superoxide dismutase) which is an enzyme that protects all cells in the body. Also it is very nutritious being rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins.
This Chaga mushroom weighs almost a pound and was wild-crafted from the Northern Ontario forest.
You can use the dried Chaga in a tea or in a tincture. A double extraction tincture is the best way to get the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble parts of mushrooms.
Use a cheese grater to break up Chaga into smaller pieces. Make a tincture by steeping ground chaga in 80 proof (40%) or stronger alcohol, for a month. Strain the chaga pieces and simmer them in water for at least half an hour, or use a crock pot.
I steep it on the lowest warm setting in a ceramic crock pot. I steep chaga tea this way without alcohol.
Cool and strain. Mix water and alcohol. Use 1:1 or 60-40% ratio above 20%
Here is how to make a tincture > http://earthelixir.ca/2012/01/10/make-your-own-herbal-tinctures/
Wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source.
More about Mushrooms:
CHAGA MUSHROOM/CONK AKA CLINKER/TINDER MUSHROOM
|Common Name||Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom|
|Latin Name||Inonotus obliquus|
|Target Organs||Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Liver, Urinary, Heart|
|Common Uses||Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to Immune, Nervous, Endocrine systems, Heart, Stomach, Digestive, Liver, Urinary system.Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure,Supportive treatment for cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies, hypertension, worms, liver digestive problems|
|Properties||Primary properties underlined:Adaptogen, adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic, antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic, antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent, blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic, nervine, pancreatic, vasodilator,vulnerary|
|Constituents||Polysaccharides, tannins, phytonutrients, triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, inotodiol,
betulin and betulinic acid found in birchMinerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium
|Cautions||Correct identification is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with hypoglycemia.|