a) Is it a Peruvian dance that is now popular in Brazilian clubs?
b) Is it a comfortable skirt worn in Africa made of natural strong plant fibers, very soft durable cotton like material?
c) Is it a Australian character in a computer game bringing attention to the importance of fitness to school children?
d) Is it the sticky stuff that make stickers stick on fruits and vegetables?
e) None of the above.
Can you tell I played the game Balderdash? The answer is none of the above.
Diving more into the world of nutrition and what our wonderful world naturally creates for us. Siberians, Japanese, and Chinese are familiar with the chaga mushroom under the following names:
|Wild Chaga Mushroom on a Birch Tree|
"King of Herbs"
"Diamond of the Forest"
"King of Plants"
"Gift of God"
"Mushroom of Immortality"
With names like these, let's learn more about this rare birch fungus - hard as wood, gold on the inside, black on the outside, unique mushroom that seems to have a great strength in order to survive the harsh climates. My initial research shows it has the potential to help with the effects of stress and disease. According to many articles and videos, it is apparently all of the following and more:
- anti-cancer and anti-tumoral (the black outside part of the chaga mushroom)
- #1 antioxidant in the mushroom kingdom or in the world
- an immune tonic
- anti-inflammatory and healing
|Chunks of Chaga Mushroom|
Chaga may contain these powerful and most essential substances:
- B vitamins
- minerals (copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iron)
- enzymes (superoxide dismutase or SOD)
- phenols (chromogenic complex)
- pantothenic acid
- beta-D-glucans, a type of polysaccharide
Similar to seal oil/blubber, I noticed a positive feeling the very first time I drank a cup of my own brewed chaga tea. However, with the seal oil, I held it under my tongue for a minute and it entered directly into the bloodstream and into the brain/body. With the chaga, I drank it like a warm tea yet felt the feeling of something positive happening. With the seal oil, I felt more alert within minutes. Both wild ancient healing foods that peoples knew about for hundreds of years. Be aware of cultivated chaga which is not the real deal, and I only know of one seal oil (Auum) that is not refined. With my previous research and experience, it makes a difference.
I have to agree with them on its pleasant enjoyable taste. I would highly recommend the chaga tea to my clients to replace their coffee/tea.
Tastes Better than Coffee!
Someone gave me a small piece, palm size, of a chaga mushroom from Northern Ontario. For over 3 weeks, I have been using the same mushroom broken down into several pieces to brew up some chaga tea. I have been simmering it for 60+ minutes or more and drinking warm. I have chose not to add any milk or sugar to it because it tastes great as it is. I did add some of my raw milk one day to see what it would taste like, but only when it was warm and not hot (based on my own food preparation beliefs) and it tasted good. One could probably add to some ice for hot days.
A piece of chaga could make tea for the whole year as I would use the same pieces over again. I now have my designated chaga pot on my stove. Although it is a challenge to get some wild chaga...we sure would want it to be around for many more thousands of years.
Yes, there is research, there are videos on how to locate it, prepare it, what the benefits are and I suggest you have your own fun or join me for some chaga brew!
Stress With a Big "S"
When scientists share with us that they believe 80% of all diseases are mainly due to stress, what are your tools for managing your stress. I would suggest that your stresses are unique to you and more than one tool would be the way to go. Perhaps a dose of chaga regularly? Perhaps some stress management tools? Look at the whole picture.
May you live long and prosper \/ dear friends.
Cheryl Millett BSc CCIr NNCP
Director, Auum Canada
Holistic Nutritionist & Consultant
Learn about the many simple tools to manage your stress. All is well!
Far North Bushcraft and Survival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnvWOUYm6dI
www.Omega3s4You.com (seal blubber)