Chaga mushroom

The Chaga mushroom/conk is also known as tinder or clinker polypore because it has pores and is good fire starting tinder because it is woody. It doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all because it looks like burnt black charcoal and the inside is yellowish. It grows on rotting or wounded trees and has a symbiotic relationship with the trees. The mushrooms found on birch trees have the same constituents found in birch tree and have the same analgesic properties. Chaga was known  by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming 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 a gift it is! It is so healing and nutritious it is a super superfood! It is a top source of SOD superoxide dismutase which is an enzyme needed to protect all cells in the body. Also rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins chaga is an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to any stress. This amazing medicinal mushroom also addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and dissolves pain.

This Chaga mushroom weighs almost a pound and was wild crafted from the Northern Ontario forest.

You can use dried Chaga mushroom in a tea or in a tincture. It is quite rare so  wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source. I steep Chaga on warm setting in a ceramic crock pot.

also good information on mushrooms

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/

http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/

CHAGA MUSHROOM/CONK AKA CLINKER/TINDER MUSHROOM

Common   Name Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom
Latin Name Inonotus obliquus
Family Hymenochaetaceae
Parts Used Fungi/Mushroom
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 are 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, betaglucan, B complex, SOD(superoxide dismutase enzyme) triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, Phytosterols, betulin, betulinic acid, inotodiol,Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium
Cautions Correct identification   is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with   hypoglycemia.

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