How to prepare Chaga Mushroom to drink as a tea
The Chaga mushroom has been rated as the most powerful herb on the whole planet (read my last post called “Chaga – A Gift from God”). It has been part of northern cultures for over 5000 years and is revered for its many healing capabilities. Personally, in all my years of trying and testing superfoods I have never witnessed such a powerful antioxidant. You can feel its effects within a half hour of drinking just one cup of the tea.
I found it interesting that Chaga was discovered with the Otzi Ice Man who had been mummified in the ice of the Italian Alpine Mountains for over 5000 years. Scientists figure Otzi used the Chaga to light fires, but knowing that many ancient European indigenous mountain people also used Chaga as a healing tea, I think he may have used the mushroom for more than one purpose. Chaga has also been documented in Chinese folklore for nearly 4600 years and was used as medicinal herb to prolong life, maintain youthful appearance and increase vitality. As you can see, Chaga has a long documented history of being used in northern cultures for numerous reasons. Chaga has been scientifically tested to show that it has components of its complex makeup which can actually reduce cancer tumors.
For more information on the science behind Chaga visit the Chaga Mushroom Guide by clicking on this link.
Once you have collected your Chaga mushroom from birch trees and dried it for a few days, you can grind it up and begin preparing your tea. Chaga can be drunk hot or cold and the flavor does not change. Unlike other mushrooms, Chaga has no real flavor other than a slight hint of vanilla. It does not matter how long you steep the tea as it only becomes darker, just be careful not to overheat it. The tea contains no caffeine and does not upset stomachs that could be sensitive to caffeinated beverages.
One of the first things people notice with drinking the tea is that their breathing becomes improved, their energy levels increase and they have more mental clarity. Long term use (daily for more than 2 weeks) you will experience improvement in your bowel movements and may notice softer skin. I have found that people drinking Chaga tea do not sun burn as they normally would because of the high levels of Melanin in the tea.
Chaga has been proven to lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, have anti-parasitic capabilities and is an adaptogenic drink which basically means if your auto-immune system is out of whack it will bring it back to proper levels.
The key to preparing Chaga tea is to pay attention to the temperature at which you
process it. If you raise the temperature over 125 degrees Fahrenheit you may destroy much of the Melanin, Polysaccharides and other active ingredients. This is why I choose to use a hand grinder to make the powder for the tea as opposed to using an electric grinder, coffee grinder or food processor. It is a little more labor intensive but the end product is much more powerful, I find.
After grinding I allow the powder to dry for another day, mixing it occasionally to give it even drying. Once dried the powder can be sealed in vacuum bags to be preserved for many years or simply put into a sealed jar and stored in a dark cool place. The powder looks like ground coffee.
To make the tea, heat spring water up slowly to under 125F degrees and add the powder, let it stand for at least 15 minutes to steep and then pour it off into a cup using a strainer to collect the grounds. If you need to boil your water because of where you live, allow the water to cool down below 125F degrees as to not damage the vital complexity of the Chaga. Return the grounds to the pot as they can be re-used 3-5 times. We use a 2 liter old Pyrex coffee pot to heat the water up in, add the loose powder (2 Teaspoons) and then steep it. As we use a cup or two we top the pot up again and leave it on low heat on the stove. As the tea becomes lighter in color we simply add another teaspoon of powder. When I say “teaspoon”, I do not mean one of those measuring spoons but a real one that you would use for stirring your coffee.
In the picture I am demonstrating the use of a one liter loose grind coffee pot which has a built in strainer. It works very well also.
At the end of the day, we put any left over tea into a glass jar and refrigerate it. Chaga tea has the same flavor hot or cold and makes a delightful cold drink as well. You can keep your Chaga tea in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. You only need 1-3 cups per day to improve and maintain your health.
After you have used the grounds enough times, you can then put the grounds into a jar with vodka and allow it to sit for 2 weeks in a dark place. The alcohol breaks down the waxy membrane around some of the Chaga cells and it releases even more of its nutrients. Remove the grinds from the Vodka and make another tea with them.
Chaga vodka can now be purchased in Russia as health drink. I guess that would be a happy health drink, “Honest dear, it’s for medicinal purposes.”
I have friends who serve the tea, which is 100% safe, to their children. Chaga does not contain any caffeine and teenagers love it because it gives them an energy boost and mental clarity.
If you make your tea using water that is too hot, it will take on a slight burnt flavor. I believe this is the taste when the Melanin and other active ingredients have been killed off. I have tried some of the condensed Chaga powder extracts which are out there and I have noticed this same burnt taste to their product. I can only think, the more anything living is processed, the more we take away its natural healing abilities. The same would hold true for the vegetables and fruits from your garden, the more they are cooked the more we kill the nutrition in them.
If you are diabetic and using insulin you will want to closely monitor your blood sugar levels as Chaga tea naturally lowers or raises blood sugars because of its adaptogenic properties.
If you are currently being medicated using blood thinners, you will need to monitor this closely with your doctor as Chaga tea is a natural blood cleanser and has even been shown to lower cholesterol levels in as little as 14 days.
If you have plugged up intestinal lining from all the years of poor eating, you may find yourself going to the bathroom more often. From what I have been told, in a properly working digestive system, we should really be having 3 bowel movements per day anyway.
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Have a Happier, Healthier, more Prosperous Day.
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