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Chaga Mushroom Tea is a popular herbal tea that is made using Chaga Mushrooms. Chaga Mushroom is a fungus, non-toxic in nature, that grows on the yellow or white birch trees in the Northern Hemisphere. It is predominantly found in regions that have a cooler climate. China, Russia, Canada, and New England are the places where they are commonly grown.
Chaga Tea has long been used as a traditional remedy due to the medicinal properties of the mushroom. They are used for the treatment of issues related to digestion, liver ailments, immunity, and even cancer.
Chaga Mushrooms have a black outer covering with a bright orange flesh on the inside. So, if you happen to stumble upon them, they may resemble dirt or a burnt section of the tree. Irrespective of their strange appearance, Chaga Mushrooms are capable of producing a nourishing cup of tea that is loaded with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Indeed, a powerhouse of good health, isn’t it?
If you want to know how to transform this classic mushroom into your favorite beverage, you have arrived at the right place. Stay tuned till the end of this article.
Benefits of drinking Chaga Tea
Let’s quickly take a look at a few potential health benefits of Chaga Mushroom Tea.
- Chaga is a superfood that is brimming with antioxidants and beta-glucans. Beta-glucans are an integral compound that helps in boosting one’s immunity. It helps ease throat pains and keeps infections at bay. Research also suggests that Chaga Mushroom helps to produce white blood cells in the body that play a key role in boosting the immune system of the body.
- The powerful antioxidants present in the tea reduces oxidative stress in the body by eradicating free radicals. In Russia, Chaga Mushrooms are used as a traditional medicine to treat cancer. Also, certain studies show that Chaga may impede the growth of the tumor. These antioxidants also improve the functioning of the liver.
- Chaga Tea possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
How to make Chaga Tea?
If you want to extract all the goodness offered by the medicinal Chaga Mushrooms, there’s nothing better than brewing yourself a cup of Chaga Tea. These mushrooms as a whole are quite hard. The hot water used to brew the tea helps in breaking down the cell walls, thereby absorbing all the vital nutrients.
Chaga Tea, when brewed yields a dark reddish-brown colored beverage. That doesn’t mean it tastes bitter and strong. If brewed the right way, the tea gives a mellow flavor with a slight floral note.
Chaga Tea can be made from powdered tea or chunks of Chaga. Depending on the availability, you can choose between either of them. We’ve got you recipes for both.
How to make Chaga Tea from powdered tea?
What you’ll need?
- 1 cup of water
- 2 to 3 teaspoons Chaga Tea powder
- Sweetener (optional)
Instructions to follow-
- Boil a cup of water.
- Add Chaga Tea powder to a teapot and pour boiled water over it.
- Steep the tea for about 10 minutes and strain the tea. Add your desired sweetener and serve hot!
How to make Chaga Tea from chunks?
What you’ll need?
- 1 liter of water
- Chunks of Chaga
Since Chaga Mushrooms are quite sturdy, a little bit of prep is needed here. Follow the instructions given below.
Instructions to follow-
- Place the mushrooms on a piece of cloth and break them into chunks using a hammer. Make sure the chunks are small in size. If they are large, the tea will not be brewed properly and you might miss out on the essential nutrients.
- Use a heavy vessel or a large pan. Pour water into it.
- Let the water heat up until it reaches a temperature of around 160-170 ℉. Avoid boiling the water since it may destroy the nutrients present in Chaga.
- Steep the tea for at least one hour or until you get a reddish-colored brew. One thing to remember here is that the smaller the chunks, the lesser is the time required to steep the tea. So, the steeping time may vary between 30 minutes to 8 hours.
- Strain the tea and enjoy your cup of rich Chaga Tea!
Note: Do not discard the Chaga chunks. They can be used for two more brews after the initial brew. Alternatively, they can be used as an incense or stored in powdered form.
Chaga Tea can also be stored and used as a base for smoothies and soups. If you want that kick of caffeine in the morning, you can combine the tea with a cup of coffee.
How to make Chaga Tea in a crockpot?
A crockpot is a cooker that is used to slow cook dishes at a lower temperature. Brewing Chaga Tea for a longer time lets the mushrooms infuse maximum flavor and nutrients into the tea. Hence Chaga Tea can be best made using a crockpot. Also, crockpot lets you control the temperature manually, thereby ensuring that you get a cup of tea packed with nutrients.
To make Chaga Tea in a crockpot, you’ll need water, chunks of Chaga, and honey.
Steps to follow-
- Pour 2 liters of water into the crockpot.
- Add in 4-5 chunks of Chaga.
- Set the temperature of the crockpot to 150 ℉ and cook for at least 2 hours. You can also brew the tea for up to 8 hours.
- Once you achieve a preferred flavor of tea, stop cooking. Strain the Chaga chunks and pour the tea into a cup. Enjoy with a dash of honey!
- Alternatively, you can refrigerate the tea for a cup of Iced Chaga Tea.
If you are new to Chaga Tea, then this article was just for you! Now that you know how to make Chaga Mushroom Tea, it is time to take your tea experience to the next level by brewing yourself a cuppa. Not only is this tea delicious, but also has medicinal values to keep you healthy. So, uplift your mood by sipping on a cup of wholesome Chaga Tea!