Wild-Harvested, Sustainably Foraged
Chaga, available through Chaga Island, has been used for thousands of years in Eastern Europe and Asia -- recognized for its antiviral and immune-protecting properties. It has been known to shrink tumors, shorten all illnesses, and increase longevity. Otzi, also known as the Ice Man, who lived 3,300 BCE, was discovered carrying chaga along with his other tools and equipment.
Chaga is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial abilities. Studies show it can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and has had powerful results in the fights against asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis, Lyme disease, and auto-immune disorders. To read more about chaga's anti-cancer properties, please click here and here. For a general list of chaga's purported benefits, click here. NEW INFO ABOUT CHAGA AND CANCER HERE!
Know where your chaga comes from! As chaga gains popularity in Western culture, it is being "farmed" in areas of the United States, where holes are bored into birch trees and the chaga spore is artificially implanted. This is not truly wild-harvested chaga, and does not possess the same healing properties. In fact, synthetic chaga has been known to pose health risks. Be sure you only use wild-harvested chaga chunks, sustainably foraged from live white birch trees. Ours comes from two foragers, one in Northern Quebec and one in Oswego, NY. They are then dried naturally in an FDA-approved facility and delivered to us in bulk. We then package the chaga for you, or it is processed into beverage at our copacking partners in Lindenhurst, NY.
BEWARE OF FREEZE-DRIED CHAGA POWDER! This is being sold as a quick tea or coffee substitute, and in capsule form. When chaga is freeze-dried, it loses most of its beneficial properties. Also, freeze-dried chaga powder is higher in oxalates than coarse-ground or chunked chaga, and can occasionally cause kidney stones. That is not the case with slow-brewed, never-boiled chaga which is naturally dried.
To purchase chaga chunks and improve your health, please contact us through our email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This chaga comes from the live white birch trees of Canada, where it is wild-harvested and dried before shipping. Chaga, or Inonotus obliquus, looks more like a piece of wood than a mushroom.
HOW TO MAKE CHAGA TEA
Chaga must be brewed at a low temperature for a long period of time. Chaga "teabags" have no effect whatsoever. View our "How to Brew" page for more information. Chaga has no discernible flavor, can be served warm or iced, with mint or sugar added, and can be enjoyed any time of the day or night.
Chaga chunks can be dried out and reused. A few chunks can last for up to a month's worth of tea.