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Friday, April 3, 2015

C is For Chaga Mushroom


My theme for the
A-Z Challlenge is
Aging into Longevity

As I am getting older
I have become aware
of the immense power
of medicinal mushrooms.

Chaga mushroom is
one of my favorites and
I try to keep a pitcher of Chaga tea in my fridge. The
taste is deliciously refreshing and gives a natural
high so why would anyone prefer a surgary beverage?

You could walk right by a birch tree when out in the
woods and never suspect the black gnarly patch growing
on the side of the tree is Chaga, as it has no resemblance
to other mushrooms.

There are many, many health benefits to assist the
super prize of longevity. If this king of mushrooms arouses
your interest, there's a lot of information available online.
Check out Chaga's amazing attributes. That is one food
I wish I had connected with sooner.


38 comments:

  1. I came back from looking it up. As I was reading the first description, I wondered if chaga would be good for eczema. Yep, it is. So, guess what I'm going to look for? Thanks for the tip.

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    1. Susie
      They sell Chaga in all different forms. I usually buy the chunks for tea. Also comes in tea bags. All the medicinal shrooms come combined with others in a tincture, etc. Pretty neat stuff.

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  2. Interesting...is that anything like Kombucha?

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    1. Melanie
      I suppose they could be considered in the same family as they are both mushrooms. The kombucha one is grown from bacteria, sugar, water and a little vinegar or some liquid of the last komucha batch. You can grow your own "baby or Scoby" or get one from a friend or buy one.

      The medicinal mushrooms are actually grown in the wild or you can plant the spores in logs.
      I tried to visit your blog but I don't know how to enter the google ones.

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  3. I can tell, I'm going to have to keep a list of all your suggestions!

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    1. Bish
      The medicinal mushroom are super great. They really are like miracle workers.

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  4. I LOVE mushrooms. Not the kind you pick off trees, but if they sold Chaga at Shop-Rite, count me in.
    I'm sooooo 21st Century.

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    1. Al
      Hahaha Yes you are, You certaily are.

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  5. See, you will make triple digits with those. Not sure I'd want to pick them out of the ground though, my ocd would make me think what animal peed on them or something lol

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    1. Pat
      The Chaga are on the birch trees and they look and feel like wood so you have to actually saw them out of the tree. I guess you can even use a chain saw. Weird, huh?
      Yea, I know what you mean if they are on the ground, lol

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  6. I have never tried a mushroom. Will keep that in mind

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    1. Holy Ghost
      Well, they're not the recreational ones. lol

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  7. Interesting post. I like to read about medicinal things like shrooms and plants. Cool post.

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    1. djinnia
      Thank you for visiting. It's a pleasure to meet you.

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  8. I am getting quite an education about all sorts as I explore A-Zers

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    1. Zannie Shaman
      I always do to. It's fun to see what people are interested in.

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  9. What a super great topic, Manzi!!! I've been always curious about mushrooms and heard about fungotherapy as well. Once i even bought a facial cream containing extract of some japanese mushroom. It had such a pleasant mushroom smell!
    Chaga tea sounds intriguing!
    I'm so eager for the whole A to Z series of yours!!
    Hugs!

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    1. Zara
      Yes, I finally came out of hiding so I can do the A-Z. Good to see you.You probably had Reishi mushroom in the fact creme. See upi around.
      Love Manzi

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  10. Got me interested with the natural high:)) I did check the internet and that stuff is expensive. I will do some more checking. Thanks.

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    1. Patti
      No, not the big recreational high like the psychodylic shrooms. Just a little well-being feeling. Ha
      All the medicinal mushroom are pricey but they really work like magic.

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  11. I like the mushrooms that you put on salads, but I never imagined that a mushroom could be made into a tea with health benefits. Cool post! :)

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    1. Madeline
      The mushroom therapy realy works and in al areas of the body. Good night untill D

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  12. I don't know a mushroom from a toad stool but just the last few years learned to love mushrooms to eat. Don't even know if there are any that grow here in south Texas that are safe to eat. Interesting post.

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    1. Paula
      Actually most people don't know the difference and neither do I so that is why we souldn't pick and eat them. I would like to know the big diff but it's so difficult to tell when you only have pictures to look at.

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  13. Chaga is new to me, so I'll look it up. Thanks!

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    1. Susan
      I recall reading somewhere that Chaga was in the PDR until after the war when they purged all the herbs to make way for big pharma. We're so gullible.

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  14. We have Birch Trees in our yard. I spent a good deal of the afternoon today moving tree branches... and tomorrow I'll be doing the same (winter was rough on our wooded area). I'll check the Birch Trees for Chaga. :)

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    1. Rosey
      Lucky you with all the birch trees. I've never been fortunate enough to discover any chaga in the wild but from the vids on YT it has to be actually sawed out...... as with a chainsaw. They sell the tea in bags and also in smallish size chunks to make tea with. I get the chunks and make a large pot for the fridge. It is so delish and cooling on a hot summer day.

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    2. P.S. You don't harm the tree because from what I read, the tree is already dead or on it's way out.

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    3. We did go out today to do yard work and I did look for the Chaga, but I didn't see it. I'll still look from time to time.

      Hubby uses the birch wood that peels off naturally to write me little love notes. ;)

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  15. I've never heard of this particular mushroom --but I am aware of many other plants which have medicinal benefits. I'll have to check into this mushroom. Thanks for sharing.

    Easter Blessings to you.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy
      Thanks for the comment. You have a wonderful week end and enjoy Easter

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  16. I have never heard of chaga mushrooms! I can't wait to try them. Anything that can promote healthy longevity works for me...
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  17. I've never heard of chaga mushrooms and didn't know a tea could be made from any mushrooms. I eat other mushrooms reasonably regularly, in salads in summer and in spaghetti sauce in winter.

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  18. One might wonder if the "recreational" mushrooms shouldn't be medicinal as well since they have a way of revealing life at its finest. Yes, I am a fan of all mushrooms. :)

    Hi Manzi!

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  19. Hi Manzanita - I hadn't heard of the Chaga - but do know all sorts of mushrooms grow .. but would not rely on my own choice. Interesting about the eczema ... I shall keep these in mind .. cheers Hilary

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  20. I miss your olive leaf tea!! you got me having a taste for that.

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  21. That I didn't know. Will look into it. Love that prize.

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