The history of Chaga Tea seems to have started in Russia, Poland and other Baltic countries. It was and is used as a remedy for treating heart,liver, cancer, and gastric issues.
The anticancer effect of Chaga is primarily attributed to triterpenoid compounds in the mushroom (source)
Studies show that there are essentially 4 ways that Chaga tea provides anticancer effects on our bodies:
- antioxidation to prevent the development of cancer
- arresting the growth of tumor cells
- killing tumor cells directly
- activating the immune system to kill tumor cells (source)
So the next question is what are the best ways to prepare chaga tea?
- Individual Serving Size Chaga Tea Bags
- Add teabag and 1 cup of hot water to mug. Let steep for 2-4 minutes (the longer the better).
- Large Chaga Tea Bags
- Add 8 cups of water to a pot and heat to 185 degrees (Fahrenheit). Let steep for 15-30 minutes. Leave it on longer for an even stronger brew.
- Chaga Chunks
- Chaga chunks will need to be steeped for at least 1 hour using warm water.
- Steeping the chaga tea chunks by simmering them over low heat for up to 4 hours. This creates a more potent brew.
- Many people use a slow cooker on the low heat setting. This will create a very rich and dark tea.
Chaga tea exhibits a mild, slightly earthy flavor.
Cinnamon and maple syrup complement hot chaga tea very well
Chaga tea is great served cold as an iced tea. Let the chaga tea cool for a few hours then add ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon.
You can store leftover chaga tea in a container in your refrigerator and it will last for up to three days.
Chaga tea can be used as a base for oatmeal, soups, smoothies and added to coffee.
We’d love to hear from you. Let us know your favorite method for preparing Chaga tea.