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October 22, 2012

Chaga Mushroom

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.
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:

http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/the-chaga-natures-medicinal-mushroom

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 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,
Phytosterols,
betulin and betulinic acid found in birch

Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium

Cautions Correct identification   is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with   hypoglycemia.
March 19, 2012

Polypore Medicinal Mushrooms

Polypore mushrooms are medicinal mushrooms that have been used for centuries as a nutritious tonic to strengthen all systems. They have a high level of antioxidants that nourish and balance the body, because they are adaptogens they help the body adapt to any kind of stress.

This group of mushrooms grow on rotting logs and stumps and are called bracket fungi, because they look like shelves or brackets. They are usually found on rotting birch trees, but are also found on other trees.

There are culinary, medicinal and poisonous varieties of mushrooms, and correct identification is important. Caution when picking mushrooms because misidentification can lead to fatalities, poisoning and death.

Get fungi from a reputable source. If you want to wild craft mushrooms take a knowledgeable guide with you in to nature, along with many different sources of field guide books, but caution is always advised!

Artist’s conk is the only fungi identifiable by the ability to etch designs and words on it. It grows on hardwood trees like maples.

Harvesting

Remove Mushrooms with a hatchet, axe or knife. Chop them up with a hammer or axe in a cardboard box. You can dry them out for a couple of days in a warm dry place. Use polypore mushrooms medicinally in a tea or tincture, and they are typically not used in culinary edible cooking preparations.

There is new research into how mushrooms clean up the planet by eating up oil spills and breaking down plastics.

This is a good documentary about knowing your mushrooms.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/know-your-mushrooms/

This is a good website about mushrooms in eastern Canada and United States.

http://mushroom-collecting.com/mushroomartist.html

VARNISH POLYPORE FRUITING BODY/

BRACKET FUNGI

 Common Name  Varnish Polypore Fruiting Body/ aka Bracket Fungi 
Latin Name  Ganoderma spp. L. Includes:

Lacquered Polypore- G. lucidum aka Reishi

Hemlock varnish shelf- G. tsugae

Artist’s Conk- Ganoderma  applanatum

Family Polypore family Ganodermataceae L. 
Parts Used Fruiting body/Mushroom/Fungi
Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Urinary, Heart
Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.

Tonic to: Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Heart, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Urinary Systems

Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure, supportive for Cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies,

Properties Underlined properties are primary:

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, bitter, blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic, hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic,  nervine, pancreatic, relaxant, spleenic, tranquilizer, vasodilator, vulnerary

Constituents Polysaccharides, polyphenols, phytosterols.

Betulinic acid, betulin are in mushrooms only found on birch trees and are fat soluble and only available in tincture form.

Cautions Polypore bracket fungi are edible but correct identification is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.
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