Double Chaga Shot Elixir

When you dive into the wonderful world of superfoods and medicinal mushrooms you will meet “the King” at some point.
— Iris

Chaga, Inonotus obliquus, known by the Siberians as the "Gift from God" and the "Mushroom of Immortality." The Japanese call it "The Diamond of the Forest," while the Chinese deem it "King of Plants." I am used to calling it "the King of the Medicinal Mushrooms."

The medicinal mushroom Chaga is the most powerful sought after mushroom on earth. It’s one of the highest, if not the highest, antioxidants in the world and it’s documented extensively for having numerous health benefits. Chaga has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and its use in Eastern European folk medicine has been documented since the 16th century. Research on its medicinal potential is ongoing. People have used it as tea, smoked it, and made salves to use externally. Chaga is also an excellent tinder for primitive fire starting techniques, particularly for catching sparks when using a flint.

Chaga grows on birch in cold weather and you can find it and harvest it yourself in birch forests of Russia, Korea, Eastern and Northern Europe, northern areas of the United States, in the North Carolina mountains and in Canada.

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Ill give you a small list of its properties: High in antioxidants, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiviral, Antimicrobial, Anti-Candida, Immune System Modulator, Adaptogen. Chaga contains a combination of Amino Acids, Beta Glucans, Betulinic Acid, Calcium, Chloride, Copper, Dietary Fiber, Enzymes, Flavonoids, Germanium, Inotodiols, Iron, Lanosterol, Manganese, Magnesium, Melanin, Pantothenic Acid, Phenols, Phosphorus, Phytonutrients, Polysaccharides, Potassium, Saponins, Selenium, Sodium, Sterols, Trametenolic Acid, Tripeptides, Triterpenes, Triterpenoids, Vanillic Acid, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin D2 (Ergosterol), Vitamin K and Zinc.

Isn't that amazing! So when I first came across the healing properties of Chaga I immediately added this to my diet. I prefer to have my Chaga in powder form and in tea cut chunks, this way I can do double Chaga shots ;) I make a tea from the Chaga chunks and mix that with all different sorts of super foods, healthy oils and honey into a delicious elixir. When my dad (who is totally not into all that "superfood stuff") visited us in Nova Scotia this spring, I introduced him to Chaga tea. He noticed such a different within his 10 days stay that he bought a slow cooker and Chaga as soon as he was home! He now drinks a litre every day.

DOUBLE CHAGA SHOT ELIXIR

Chaga tea : Put a chunk of Chaga into a pot, fill the pot up with water, keep the water just below boiling, brew for as long as you like (I like to brew it for at least 2 hours, the longer, the stronger the tea.)

Ingredients: 2 cups Chaga tea
2 tbsp Cacao powder
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
1 tbsp Nutbutter
1 tbsp Coconut oil or butter (or both)
1 tsp Chaga Powder
1 tsp Maca (optional)
1 tsp Macuna (optional)
1 tsp Lucuma (optional)
Honey or Stevia to taste

Blend all the ingredients together, pour into your favourite mug, top with cinnamon and enjoy!