Tea lovers, rejoice.
Looking for a tea variety that’s packed full of antioxidants and nutrients, in addition to that earthy flavor you love? Organic Chaga tea could be the perfect option.
While mushroom tea might sound new and unique to today’s consumer, it’s actually been around for centuries -- most notably in Asia and northern regions of Europe and North America. In fact, take a look at folk and alternative medicines and you’ll likely see Chaga there, too.
Though ancient practitioners have long considered Chaga mushroom tea to be rich in immune-boosting properties and antioxidants, laboratory (and animal) studies have shown that mushroom tea contains compounds that energize immune response and even eradicate cancerous cells without harming surrounding tissue.
According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, these select studies also show that making Chaga tea:
- Reduced inflammation within the body, especially after undergoing immunotherapy
- Inhibited the growth of certain cancerous cells throughout the body
Of course, incorporating Chaga into your daily routine also has its benefits. This antioxidant-rich mushroom tea is thought to:
- Reduce glucose/blood sugar levels
- Alleviate inflammation caused by arthritis
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase mental sharpness
Because Chaga mushrooms have high levels of nutrients and skin-protecting properties like melanin, it’s also possible that making Chaga tea regularly helps protect skin against sun damage, as well as signs of accelerated aging, such as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
How to prepare Chaga tea at home
Making a Chaga tea recipe at home is easy, but it’s important to find quality sources to reap the most benefit. Chaga comes in a variety of forms, usually as chunks you can grind into powder or already in powder (or tea).
Want to know how to make Chaga tea on your own? First consider how you want to fit it into your daily routine.
Chaga mushroom tea chunks are the most potent and fresh, allowing you to grind up only what you want to brew each time. If you prefer convenience without compromising taste or quality, making Chaga tea from powder or ground form might be the best!
Once you’re ready to brew a cup, the process is very similar to any other tea style. Here’s how to prepare Chaga tea:
- Heat water up to about 75 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s important not to boil water as that removes some of the essential nutrients from the mushroom.
- Add your desired amount of pre-ground Chaga (or tea) to a strainer. Allow the tea to steep in water for about 15 minutes for optimal flavor and benefit.
Once time is up, enjoy!
Here’s an easy Chaga tea recipe
Depending how you like your mushroom tea there are plenty of Chaga tea recipes out there to play around with, such as Chaga chai or even vanilla infused Chaga tea.
For a delicious and vegan Chaga chai tea recipe, simply brew a cup of tea as highlighted above and add the following ingredients in as you steep:
- Cinnamon stick
- An inch of ginger
- 4-5 whole cloves
- 2-3 cardamom pods
- 1 star anise
- 4-5 black peppercorns
- Stevia (to your liking)
Making Chaga tea is as easy as experimenting with different flavors and aromatics to prepare a delicious (and healthy!) cup any time you want.
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