WHAT IS CHAGA?
Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a fungus that grows on the side of a birch and other deciduous trees. Chaga tea has been used as a beverage and in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. The antioxidant value in chaga is very high.
Chaga is an adaptogen which enhances the body's ability to adapt to environmental factors and to avoid damage caused by them, strengthening the immune system. Chaga contains over 200 identified compounds, for example, phenols, sterols, beta-glucans, triterpene, melanin and the anti-bacterial betulin.
Did you know that in Finland, everyman’s right allows anyone to pick wild berries, herbs or forest mushrooms freely, even on privately owned land (not private yards), as long as one does not cause any disturbance or damage to the landowner. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can find chaga, an immune-boosting superfood. Keep in mind that for harvesting chaga you need to get permission of the landowner.
NOTE: Antibiotics and intravenous glucose are antagonists of chaga, and their use together with chaga is not recommended. Chaga is a fungus, and for those who are allergic to mushrooms should also take this into account.
CHAGA DRINK RECIPE
Experience the versatility of chaga, a natural Nordic treasure with a rich history in North European folk medicine. Whether you prefer the traditional preparation method or seek a quick, super-easy alternative using chaga extract powder, we've got you covered!
Traditional chaga tea with "Natural Nordic chaga wild tea" recipe
- 1/4 dl Natural Nordic chaga (groats; rougher texture than powder)
- 2 liters of water
- Bring the water and Natural Nordic chaga to a boil on low heat for a minimum of one hour to extract all the beneficial nutrients.
- Let the beverage simmer for a while after turning off the stove.
- Strain the drink and sweeten with honey if desired.
- Enhance the flavor by adding different Natural Nordic berry or herb powders to the ready drink.
This traditional method ensures a deep infusion of Chaga's goodness, offering a wholesome and time-honored experience.
Super easy chaga drink with Natural Nordic chaga extract powder
For a quick and convenient chaga experience, try our chaga extract powder (follow recommended serving). Simply mix the recommended serving of Natural Nordic chaga extract powder with hot water, and you're ready to enjoy the robust flavors and health benefits of chaga instantly. You can add other Natural Nordic powders to experience unique flavors and enjoy your instant chaga drink!
Whether you savor the slow-steeped tradition or opt for the instant gratification of Chaga powder, you're sure to appreciate the unique qualities and historical significance of this natural elixir. Find your preferred method and elevate your chaga experience with us!
TRADITIONAL USE OF CHAGA
Chaga has been used in North European folk medicine since the 1500s: in Siberia, for example, to cure stomach problems and the Khanty people have used it for heart and liver ailments. Traditionally chaga has also been ingested to combat fatigue and to refresh oneself, as well as its external use as a powder to help to heal wounds and rashes.
HOW TO USE CHAGA?
In addition to drink, chaga can be used to make tinctures (in alcohol and/or water), all which can be used internally, for external use, you can make chaga-oil for skin rashes.
If you think that chaga drink is the only way to use chaga, you might be surprised to find how we have used chaga in our recipes.