Chaga is a medicinal mushroom that grows mostly in Europe, in particular throughout Siberia in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe.
Traditionally, it’s been used to prevent tuberculosis and protect the heart. However it’s often used medicinally as a powerful antioxidant, blood sugar balancer and cardiac support and it can also ‘balance’ the immune system.
Benefits of Chaga
Every-day benefits of taking Chaga:
- Anti-oxidant boost.
- Energy boost to get through the parts of the day that often cause a slump i.e. 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
- Anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
And even more amazing benefit:
- Supports your heart.
- Balances blood sugar.
- Balances your immune system.
How do you take Chaga?
It’s easy to add Chaga into your morning routine. Just add half a teaspoon to your morning coffee or tea or even make a tea with the Chaga.
At first, it’s a strong flavour, however you get used it it very quickly.
I’ve gotten so used to it that it tastes weird now if I have my coffee without it!
My observations and experience
I’ve been taking Chaga most mornings in my decaf coffee. I haven’t had caffeine for around a year now, and although I haven’t felt like an energiser bunny with the addition of Chaga, I have felt like I’ve had more stamina in general throughout the day.
I experience Chaga as if I’ve had a slow release caffeinated coffee – without the associated jitters and caffeine highs and slumps.
What blends well with Chaga?
Even though Chaga has a strong flavour it’s quite pleasant and it blends well with Reishi and other medicinal mushrooms including Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Maitake and Cordyceps. I find Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps the most unusual of the flavours, and Chaga helps balance these out.
My recipe for a Morning Boost Blend
1/4 tsp Chaga – for a long lasting energy boost
1/8 tsp Lion’s Mane – to support your nervous system and brain function
1/8 tsp Cordyceps – for energy throughout the day
1/4 tsp Reishi – as a tonic for your adrenals
Try Chaga for yourself
Curious to try some mushroom magic yourself? Check out the range next time you’re at Flourish or contact us to place an order.
And, if you’d like to learn more about medicinal mushrooms, check out this blog post for more information.