Chaga tea is my new favorite staple in my home. I used to think that only green tea, chamomile tea, and ginseng tea had health benefits until I learned about Chaga tea. This tea is arguably the healthiest herbal tea out there and is packed with powerful nutrients for excellent bodily functions.
In fact, Chaga tea has for centuries been revered for its healing properties and was used by people living in colder climates in the northern hemisphere. Chaga tea is one of the most exciting medicinal drinks out there and the Chaga mushroom is often deemed as the king of mushrooms by those who are familiar with its medicinal powers.
At first glance, the Chaga mushroom does not look very appealing. However, like the saying goes, appearances can be deceiving. The numerous health benefits of this mushroom will have you forget about its ugliness and you’ll want to try it immediately.
Why Consume Chaga Tea?
In recent years I noticed that more and more research has been done on the health benefits of Chaga. This resulted in a little more exposure, but it is safe to say that Chaga tea remains undisclosed to most people in the west.
Health Benefits of Chaga Tea:
My research found the following claimed benefits. As studies on Chaga continue, I’m sure we will be hearing more about it. I drink it because I believe it boosts my immune system. My personal experience is that I tend to avoid the flu and colds even when I’m around people who are sick.
Chaga aids in relieving pain.
- Chaga has immune-boosting ingredients and antioxidants.
- Chaga may help fight cancer.
- Detoxifies the blood and liver.
- Drinking Chaga tea will bring back your body to its natural balance.
- Chaga has beneficial effects on the nervous system.
- Chaga helps you cope with stress and may help lift one out of depression.
- Chaga lowers cholesterol.
- Chaga balances blood sugar and improves blood circulation.
- Chaga fights inflammation, and is a great source of fiber and antioxidants.
Preparing Chaga Tea
Preparing Chaga tea is quite easy. All you will need is dried Chaga (purchase Chaga in chunks online or at a health food store) or you can harvest it yourself.
Living in the northwoods of Wisconsin, I have a few birch trees in my yard with Chaga mushrooms growing on it. I’m waiting until fall to harvest it because harvesting must be done in the autumn, winter or spring when the tree has optimal nutrients in the Chaga. During summer months, the Chaga is comprised of 80% water, so the nutritional benefit is minimal. After harvesting, Chaga must be dried in sunlight for a couple of days or near a heat source, such as a fireplace.
After the Chaga is dry, break it into smaller chunks or grind the smaller pieces using a pestle and mortar or a blender. I put the chunks into a pan of water and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. If ground up, use it in a tea ball one cup at a time. It is recommended to have about 80 grams of Chaga per gallon of water. I like to add cinnamon while it’s simmering. I freeze the chunks after simmering and reuse them five times, freezing after each use.
It is recommend that you drink a cup of Chaga tea at least twice a day to experience the numerous health benefits of this magical medicinal plant. Let me know in the comments below if you have ever tried Chaga tea, how it helped you, or how you prepare it.
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