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The first evidence of Chaga dates to back to around 4000 B.C. Chaga grows most commonly on Birch trees that reside in the coldest regions of the Northern Hemisphere. A true testament to the strength of Chaga is that it not only survives but thrives in harsh, fiercely cold conditions. It also must have an exceptionally hard wood (primarily Birch but also Maple, Oak, etc) on which to grow. Soft wood would be greedily swallowed by this tough cookie. This powerful mushroom has been used to support the digestive system, boost the immune system, and slow growth of harmful tissue.
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In 200 B.C, Chinese healers began to regard the mushroom as a medicinal treatment that could reverse and support various deteriorating health conditions. In the last 50 years, Chaga Mushroom has also been researched for its adaptogenic effects on the body. The effect that this mushroom has on the body and mind is one of balance and harmony. It helps the body recalibrate while simultaneously giving it a subtle boost of energy. No caffeine makes this tea one of the best for caffeine sensitive tea drinkers. It also allows this tea to be consumed at any time of day, even in the evening.
The Science Behind Chaga
Chaga is a natural Biological Response Modifier (BRM), which means that it was designed by nature to strengthen and restore the body's natural immune response against infections. It has one of the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of any substance found on Earth. ORAC is a unit developed to measure antioxidant content and values. Chaga Mushrooms value currently even outranks Acai, Blueberries, and even Turmeric.
In order to maintain the integrity of the nutrient dense magic within the Chaga Mushroom, we recommend that this tea be brewed at a temperature below boiling, at about 160-175 degrees F. Let steep for 4-6 minutes.