CHAGA people! If it's not on your radar yet, you're in for a treat. Chaga, known as the "King of Medicinal Mushrooms" grows on birch trees and has been used for centuries in folk medicine for its exceptional health benefits. It's finally worked its way into the western psyche and is the subject of promising cancer and HIV treatment research. There's so much information available online about chaga and its benefits, that it's a bit overwhelming to try sum it all up. So I won't, I'm really just here to offer a recipe. But I will leave a few links at the bottom of this post in case your interest is piqued and you'd like to find out more.
I only learned about chaga a couple of months ago when a friend mentioned that he had drunk it all winter last year (Canadian winter, people) and never got sick. As it was close to Christmas time, I latched onto the idea of making a chaga tea mix for Christmas gifts. That sent me down the rabbit hole of chaga research and now I'm hooked. (Thanks Kier!)
Here's a bullet point summary of the benefits of chaga:
- Boosts Immune System
- Is an extraordinarily powerful antioxidant
- Is a potent adaptogen
- Has anti-viral, anti-microbrial, and anti-inflammatory properties
- Has anti-tumor effects