Chaga is currently one of the most talked about superfoods, and for good reason! If you already know how amazing Chaga is, feel free to scroll down for my recipe for Chaga Chai Tea. Otherwise, read on for some of the medicinal benefits of Chaga.
Besides having a gorgeous taste making Chaga a beautiful tea and also an amazing coffee substitute (while giving more long term energy), Chaga is basically one of the most nutritious plant foods discovered.
~Contains the one of the highest level of antioxidants of any plant. (An ORAC level of 365,570- compare this to another superfood, Acai berry, which comes in at 41,000)
~Has proven anti-cancer benefits, with no side effects.
~Triggers the activity of the immune system and has exceptional anti-viral properties, making it a must for staying healthy, free from colds and flus, and energetic all year long.
~Is an amazing adaptogen! Adaptogens are substances that increase the body’s resistance to stresses such as trauma, anxiety and bodily fatigue. Adaptogens help the body adapt better to its environment, whether that environment be one that is toxic or simply one of rapid change or stress.
SO, Adaptogens can helps us:
*Reduce the Effects of Stress
*Support Immune Function & Strengthen Immune System
*Improve Mental Clarity
*Improve Physical Performance and promote good health as we age
*Regulate Muscles and Nerve function
Besides all this, Chaga contains:
~ Polysaccharides which support the immune system.
~Betulinic Acid which supports the immune system
~Sterols and Triterpenes including lanosterol. These help support digestion, help detoxification, and may help maintain respiratory health.
~Germanium, which helps support the health of your blood.
~Melanin, which enhances the appearance of hair, skin and eyes, and helps maintain a more youthful appearance.
~ Important Nucleosides, Phytonutrients, minerals and amino acids such as Saponin, Magnesium, Chromium, Iron, Kalium, Beta-glucan, Inotodiol, Isoprenoid and others, all offering tremendous health benefits. .
How to make Chaga Chai Tea:
So, all you need for this is some Chaga, as well as Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Anise and Cloves. (I use all Organic)For my Chaga tea recipe, which makes about 1 oz of powder, I combine:
~15g Organic Chaga
~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. You’re done!
Ready? Here’s how to make the tea once you have made your spice masala:
Quick method: Combine 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the powder with boiling water. Stir very well. Add milk and honey if desired. I suggest swirling the cup once in a while as you indulge, as the sediment can sink to the bottom.
Traditional method: 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.