Maine is blessed to host one of the most esteemed medicinal mushrooms in the world: Inonotus obliquus, known more commonly as chaga. Considered one of the three “mushrooms of immortality,” chaga naturally possesses a host of medicinal properties, which include essential b-complex vitamins, potassium, and beta glucans (to name a few).
Chaga is considered a super-food, packed with antioxidants that help boost immunity, stimulate the production of natural energy, and support overall health.‡ Among the numerous health benefits found in wild chaga, probably the most important medicinal compound is betulinic acid, which has been studied for its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue, and immune boosting effects.*
Crafting our tea:
Our tea features wild chaga foraged from local forests in Maine that we air dry and hand grind. When the chaga has hardened and lost its moisture content, we prepare it using a turn-of-the-century food mill, then hand package it. All of our chaga is ethically wildcrafted so as not to deplete the ecosystem from which it was harvested.
How to Prepare:
Simmer 1 tbsp in 4-6 cups of water for at least 20 minutes, or until the water is opaque and resembles black coffee. Strain the grounds out of the water and set aside. Grounds may be reused 2 or 3 times (make sure to simmer for extra time or follow the ‘looks like black coffee’ rule). Add cream and maple syrup to taste.