You may not have heard about it before, but chaga originates from chaga mushrooms (also known by their Latin name of “Inonotus Obliquus”).
These mushrooms don’t look like normal mushrooms; they have a burnt charcoal appearance due to the high levels of melanin (a natural pigment) contained within them, they feel woody rather than soft, and some people even use them to start fires!
So what’s the big deal about chaga mushrooms?
Found in the colder parts of northern and eastern Europe (including Russia), northern Asia, and the United States and Canada, chaga mushrooms have been used for centuries by people as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories.
One of the reasons that they are used in traditional medicine is simple: they contain betulin, which is a chemical that is useful for treating conditions such as skin irritations, lymphatic disorders, tuberculosis and even cancer.
It should be pointed out that although no clinical trials have been run to test the effectiveness of chaga on tumors, many of the compounds that the chaga mushroom contains have compounds which seek out and kill cancerous cells.
High in anti-oxidants and vitamins
As mentioned earlier, chaga contains anti-oxidants – something which is found in significant quantities. Because of this, drinking chaga tea helps to prevent free radicals from damaging any individual cells in your body.
This herbal healer also contains many other things that are good for your health too, such as:
- Vitamin B – helps prevent acne, anemia, and ariboflavinosis;
- Vitamin D2 – helps to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and is also taken by pregnant women to help improve their immune system;
- Vitamin K – helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and also assists with the coagulation of blood;
- Calcium – ensures healthy, strong bones;
- Iron – needed for the production of red blood cells.
Why you should drink chaga tea
Chaga tea offers the body so many protective properties, and aside from the above anti-oxidants and vitamins that are included in chaga, it is also effective against viruses, fungi, and parasites, and can essentially give your immune system a boost.
If you are suffering from intestinal problems, as well as other stomach and digestive issues, and you are looking for a natural remedy to these problems, then you need to be trying some chaga tea today! Another good thing about chaga tea is that it can help to reduce any feelings of internal pain and swelling.
How to prepare chaga tea
Here is how you can prepare the perfect cup of chaga tea! You simply take one tea bag and allow it be infused in a cup of hot water for a period of 10 – 15 minutes.
Once this period of time has elapsed, you can remove the tea bag and sweeten the tea with a little sugar or honey if required, or you could even add a drop of lemon if preferred. It should be noted that chaga tea has a bitter taste.
Please consult with your physician before drinking any chaga tea in case you are pregnant or nursing, or on any type of medication.