Chaga : “King” of the Mushrooms?

 More and more, health experts are touting the benefits of Chaga; is it really so different than other mushrooms? 

The answer, heck yes! 

Found growing on living birch trees in Canada, Siberia and Russia, Chaga is famous for its impressive anti-oxidant and anti-retroviral properties. Its superfood health powers are, in part, thanks to a high concentration of betulinic acid, which has been shown in scientific studies to effectively reduce tumour size! 

Chaga stimulates and supports the health of the immune system, helping wounds to heal and effectively reducing the severity of seasonal allergies. Did I mention its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties?

What’s more, Chaga is found in Quebec, so you can even harvest it wild yourself! Mother Nature is indeed quite marvelous and generous, ain’t she?

Summary: antioxidant, antiviral, anti-allergies, immune system support, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory… A Real King! 

How to Prepare for Consumption:

1. As a Tea : Bring 1 L of filtered water to boil, add a handful of small pieces of Chaga and Simmer for 15-20 minutes.

That’s it! You can reuse the same batch of mushrooms 3 – 4 times. Chaga tea has a subtle, earthy taste with vanilla and maple notes.

2. As a Latte: Prepare 1 C of Chaga tea and bring to a boil with a cinnamon stick, a few pieces of clove, black peppercorns and fresh ginger root. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add ½ C nut milk. Remove from heat and add a dash of maple syrup or stevia to taste.

 

Reishi : “Prince” of the Mushrooms? 

Ok, so if Chaga is the King, then Reishi must surely be the Prince of the Mushroom Kingdom. This noble mushroom increases the intelligence of our immune system with its antiviral and antioxidant properties. 

Thanks to its complex molecular structure (it lives at the “top” of the mushroom food chain”), Reishi is hostile to lower and simpler forms of mushroom, like Candida. That’s right, this mushroom acts as a powerful anti-fungal and will help keep your candidiasis in check! 

Reishi also supports kidney and cardiovascular health and helps to stabilize and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. 

Summary: anti-fungal (candida), antiviral, antioxidant, blood sugar stabilizer, anti-inflammatory…A True Prince! 

Like Chaga, Reishi needs to be boiled in order to render its beneficial properties available for absorption.

1. As a Tea: Bring 1 L of filtered water to boil and add 1 Tbsp Reishi pieces. Simmer for 2 hours. Remove from heat, cool and add raw honey or maple syrup to taste. It has a strong taste, so you may wish to prepare it with fresh ginger or blend with another tea of choice.

References:

http ://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/04/chaga-why-this-fungus-is-so-good-for-us-3-delicious-ways-to-reap-its-benefits-catie-joyce/

http ://www.enlightenedwithoutguru.com/medicinal-mushrooms.html

http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/mushroom-tea.html#sthash.0dL8KtfQ.Hz97HZMG.dpbs