This week I learned about a VERY interesting ‘mushroom’ that grows on Birch trees. Chaga! It has SO many wonderful health benefits.
You can read a bit about it here. I looked it up on various sites to learn about harvesting and preparing it. In a nutshell, this is what I’ve gleaned:
- Harvest during the dormant season and only from LIVE trees.
- Don’t gouge into the tree, simply use a hatchet and chop off level with the trunk.
- Toss the chunks (leaving the black outer layer on them) into a crock pot… low simmer for a few hours. You don’t want to boil it hard. (I used about a quart of water… simmered for an hour, let it sit overnight to steep, then simmered again in the morning.)
- Strain well…. and drink up! Save the tea in the refrigerator, and dry out the chunks to use again. (not sure how many times they can be used?)
I was expecting a bitter bark flavor… but was pleasantly surprised! It was smooth… and earthy. Not bad at all.
I am so happy to read about the wonderful natural gifts that are given to us. Since I have opted out of pharmaceutical treatment for a while (we are doing a watch and wait), I am going full speed ahead with herbal medicines instead. Yea!! 🙂 And a walk in the woods foraging certainly is healing too!!