Wild-Harvested, Sustainably Foraged
Chaga, available through Chaga Island, has been used for thousands of years in Eastern Europe and Asia -- recognized for its high antioxidant value and immune-protecting properties. It has been known to shorten 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!
We sell both chaga chunks for home brewing and the first slow-brewed chaga beverage, available in two flavors: Hibiscus/Rosehips and Cinnamon/Apple Cider Vinegar.
Know where your chaga comes from! Be sure you only use wild-harvested chaga chunks, sustainably foraged from live white and yellow birch trees in areas not affected by pollution or toxic plumes. Our chaga chunks that we sell at the farmers markets come from Northern Quebec and the forests of Pennsylvania; our beverages are prepared exclusively with chaga sustainably gathered in the Old Forge area of NY and slow-brewed 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.
Our chaga comes from live birch trees in North America, 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 health effects whatsoever. View our "How to Brew" page for more information. Chaga has no discernible flavor, can be served warm or iced, with mint or honey 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.