I bought some Chaga at the market this weekend and was really anxious to try it. When I got home last night I immediately put a chunk of it and some water in the slow cooker to steep over night.
Chaga is said to:
-stimulate and regulate the immune system
-help with ulcers and gastritis
-support cholesterol and blood pressure levels
-fight against cancer
-be an antioxidant that has anti-aging properties
A little background
Chaga is a fungus which grows on yellow and white birch trees in Northern Canada, Siberia and Alaska. It typically comes from trees that are 40 years or older. And while most people think of mushrooms when they hear the word ‘fungus’, Chaga is somewhat different in that it has a hard burnt charcoal-colored exterior and a rust colored interior.
Chaga has documented use that dates back several thousand years. Ancient Asian folk medicine practitioners relied upon it to balance their ‘Chi’ and promote longevity and health. Also, it was widely used by Siberians in a variety of forms (from powders to tea) for health reasons as well.
How to prepare it
~4g Ginger Powder
~4g Cinnamon Powder
~2g Star Anise Powder
~2g Cardamom Powder
~1g Cloves Powder
Measure and combine all of these into a bowl. Whisk together until you have a uniform and fine powder.
FOR THE TEA, bring equal parts water and milk to a boil, stir in 1/2-1 teaspoon of powder per cup. Reduce and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 or 10 minutes. Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of honey per cup. Drink warm.
Another quick and easy way to drink Chaga is to use it to make your coffee. Bam! Anti-oxidant packed coffee to start your day.