Use of chaga groats

What is chaga?

Natural Nordic Chaga groats

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.  

Chaga tea recipe

Natural Nordic Chaga tea

1. 1/4 dl Natural Nordic chaga (groats; rougher texture than powder) for 2 liters of water

2. Let the beverage boil in low heat for about 15 minutes to half an hour.

3. Leave it to simmer for a while after you have switched off the stove.

4. Then strain the tea. Sweeten with honey if needed.

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.

In addition to tea, chaga can also be used to make tinctures.

 

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.

 

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