Laughing Lichen

Chaga Mushroom Tea (Inonotus obliquus)

(5 customer reviews)

$20.25$37.00

Wild Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)  is available for sale in small chunks or ground. Available in 100 g or 200 g pouches. Ethically harvested in Canada’s northern wilderness!

 

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Chaga Mushroom Tea (Inonotus obliquus)

Chaga Mushroom Tea  (Inonotus obliquus) is available for sale in ground,  small chunks, as a Chaga Chai mix, or Chaga Chocolate Mix.  We even make Chaga Soap.  Chaga is an amazing wild fungi contains significant amounts of antioxidant compounds.

The light vanilla flavour and nutty aroma of wild Chaga mushroom tea will help you clear your head and harness that extra energy you need to finish a hectic day (without the caffeine!). Wild Chaga can also be blended with other teas, beverages or enjoyed chilled on a hot day. Wild Chaga Fungi is popular in North America as a super-food. All of the Wild Chaga we sell is hand harvested in an ethical manner from birch trees in Northern Canada.

Chaga chunks can be re-used for multiple pots of tea,  or if you prefer a stronger flavour, try the ground – the ground change requires straining just like other loose teas. Only a small amount of Chaga is required to make tea (1/8th of a cup will make 2 liters of brew!).  We also use this fantastic fungi in our favourite baking recipes, especially brownies. For an added kickstart to your day check out our Organic Chaga Chai, as well as our gourmet Organic Chaga Chocolate Mix.

Chaga Biology and Facts

Laughing Lichen began harvesting Chaga and sharing it with our customers in 2010. At that time we were the only business harvesting chaga ourselves and marketing it for sale in western Canada. Since that time with its popularity growing there are now hundreds of small scale business’s harvesting and marketing Chaga products across North America. Some of the Chaga sold in Canada is not Canadian. The Chaga Laughing Lichen collects is harvested from birch trees only. You might find look alikes on species of aspen, willow, or poplar and beech in southern Canada. Please avoid these specimens. Birch bark consists of brown inner bark ~75% and white outer bark ~25%.  The outer bark contains fats, fatty acids, resins, suberin and in particular betulin – up to 30%. When harvested directly from the birch tree, betulin is difficult for our bodies to break down and utilize. When wild Chaga develops on birch trees they change the betulin’s chemistry, transforming the compound into a form digestible by humans.  The betulin is absorbed by the Chaga mushroom as it grows.  Betulinic acid may be the most important triterpene sterol found in chaga. It is said to be useful in supporting healthy function of the immune system, healthy cell division, and a healthy inflammation response There have been many studies conducted on the medicinal properties of Chaga to date. There are many different claims on the internet regarding the health benefits of Chaga but one should be careful and ensure that the facts are true from proven scientific research articles. For information on Chaga and its use its use for cancer please refer to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre as a resource for further information. This site has printouts that you can share with your medical provider too. Here is the link: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/chaga-mushroom

Life Cycle of Chaga Mushroom

Wild Chaga Fungi (Inonotus obliquus) is found in the world’s northern regions. In Canada it can be found growing from coast to coast. This elusive fungi has a unique symbiotic relationship with it’s host the birch tree. Some also call it a parasitic relationship.  In some cases Chaga causes its host tree’s eventual death but not always as there are many factors involved. When the host birch tree dies, so does the Chaga growing with it. Once this happens a rare event occurs in which the fruiting body erupts on the trunk of the birch tree. This fruiting body of the Chaga looks nothing like the sterile conk/mycelial mass of Chaga that we collect for tea. Instead, it forms a thick 1-2 inch layer comprised of thousands of tiny spores that blow away in the wind.  Insects, other creatures and wind can also carry the spores to new birch trees. Thus the life cycle of Chaga begins once again.

Harvesting Chaga

To ensure that the entire life cycle of wild Chaga is completed we do not harm the host birch trees with logging spikes (used to climb trees to reach higher Chagas) or cut living trees down to access out of reach chaga. This practice is becoming increasingly common in Canada and in no way does Laughing Lichen support this type of wildcrafting. If you are collecting Chaga in the wild please do not dig deep into the mycelium layer (A fuzzy mass of branching thread-like fungal threads) found between the Chaga conk and the trunk of the tree. Damaging this layer will cause conk will stop growing. If you leave it intact you can usually return to the same tree within 3-5 years to re-harvest more Chaga. As a rule of thumb Chaga specimen’s that are smaller than your fist should be eft to grow and mature on its host tree. Birch trees growing in polluted or contaminated environments should never be harvested.

It is very important to only use Chaga that is collected from unpolluted environments and living birch trees.  If you are a mushroom and Fungi lover like us, check out this awesome magazine it has some wonderful scientific based articles about Chaga: FUNGI Magazine

 

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5 reviews for Chaga Mushroom Tea (Inonotus obliquus)

  1. Marta Dumka

    This chaga is incredible! I love how great I feel after making myself some tea Thank you and keep up the great work Laughing Lichen!

  2. jj

    Amazing product.After drinking chaga – I have clarity of the mind,energy,strong and flexible muscles and calmness.

    How do I prepare chaga chunks:
    I use 4 chunks of chaga in pot and add 1 litre of water. Set heating on 5 and after the water boils reduce to minimum setting and cover with the lid. Set for 50min.
    After the process is done it will leave 0.5 litre of chaga tea.Let it cool of a bit.
    After that I add lemon juice.In other times I mix chaga with oolong tea – they blend nicely.

  3. Cold in Montreal

    The chaga chunks make a lovely rich tea! I was surprised at the full bodied flavor in a herbal style tea. On cold days I suggest also throwing in a dash of grated ginger as it boils to give it a fiery touch!

  4. admin

    Kate says:
    August 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    Hello 🙂
    I would like more specific information about your processing methods please (hot water/extraction/fermentation), and the quantity of each of the medicinal ingredients.
    Thank you.
    Kate.
    Reply
    Amy says:
    September 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm
    Hi Kate
    The chaga we sell is 100% wildcrafted chaga. The medicinal properties of this amazing fungi can be extracted via hot water extraction, with alcohol or glycerin(for tinctures). I make a large batch of tea each week for daily enjoyment. For an alcohol extraction I recommend 100 proof or preferably higher alcohol content vodka for your tincture. For chaga in baking I simply simmer a very fine grind(coffee grinder works great) of chaga in hot water(15 min) then add butter or coconut oil and heat on low for 20 min. The mixture is then added to my recipes such as brownies of cookies etc. If you have further questions please feel free to email or give me a call. A publication which has some great recipes with exact amounts specifically for chaga recipes is called “Chaga, King of the Medicinal Mushrooms, By David Wolfe.
    Reply

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    matthew allen says:
    July 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    How is your chaga dried?

    Thank you!
    Reply
    Amy says:
    August 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    Hi Matthew
    Our Chaga is air dried and occasionally dried in an Excalibur Food dehydrator.

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