We don’t just harvest wild Canadian Chaga, we have been drinking Chaga Tea every day for our own health since 2006!
It was In 1999, while we were buying Chanterelle mushrooms for a larger mushroom company out of Richmond, B.C. that I heard of Chaga from a Russian Biology exchange student in the Queen Charlotte Islands, (located off the north coast of British Columbia, Canada). I’ve been a professional mushroom harvester and field buying agent of wild gourmet mushrooms since 1997. After finding a very rare fungus there, that he named Ling Zhi (a medicinal mushroom most favored in China & Japan), he told me a very interesting story about another potent medicinal mushroom – Chaga. He and his family harvested this mushroom he called Chaga in Russia and went on about the Chaga Trade with China. As great as the story was, I soon forgot all about the mushroom, but not his story of his family’s hardships.
It was in the summer of 2006, after returning home here to New Brunswick, that I was called to remember that conversation I had with that young fellow many years before with a young man named André, a young fellow from Russia, who was an exchange student here in Canada at the time who was studying Plant Biology at a small University in Saskatoon, and was on the Queen Charlotte Islands back in the fall of 1999 and we came to talking about Chaga. (more on this story below).
At the time, no one here in North America seemed to know anything about its medicinal properties or even that it existed, so I went on the internet of course, to find out what I could about this miracle mushroom. At that time, my search produced only one website that had any information about it at all, and that one and only website was based out of Russia. It is with humble gratitude that I thank the people at chagatrade.ru for the information you so freely shared with the world then and now! And unlike what everyone else did and has done since, I did not copy and paste their information onto my website as a marketing tool or to fool people into thinking I knew something that I didn’t.
Chaga is a non-renewable wild resource, so why not buy your cured Chaga from the people who have many years of experience harvesting wild mushrooms and as professionals (I have formal training in both Arboriculture & Mycology) we know how to harvest them responsibly and sustainability. And most importantly, we know how to cure mushrooms and other wild fare properly and have been doing so since 1985. We do not use any kind of heat source at all. Our methods of curing retains far more of the important nutrients that all wild mushrooms have to offer.
We want to help protect this important natural resource by asking people to leave the smaller 2 to 3 year old Chaga on the tree’s . We try to teach other harvesters in our province and anyone who reads this who harvest’s Chaga to at least learn basic tree biology, and to leave the smaller specimens to grow for a few more years and to never harm the trees so that the smaller specimens Chaga will remain as breeders for future newly damaged trees that may occur in the area.
I was and still am just one of Mother Natures little gardeners!.
After reviewing what they had to say at Chaga Trade about the medicinal properties of this mushroom, I started harvesting it for myself to see if it really did, or would work for my high blood pressure and high sugar levels due to type-two diabetes, not to mention a serious disease that I had lived with since 1984. What I can and will say is this- my energy levels skyrocketed in the first week and after the first two months of drinking three glasses of Chaga Tea every day. I no longer had high blood pressure and my sugar levels were under control; and have remained so, for over 13 years years now with daily use. (I don’t miss having to prick my fingers 3 or 4 times a day either).
This is my experience with Chaga, and I make no other claims as to its medicinal uses, other than to say that it has dramatically improved the quality of my health and life and continues to do so. I am not a doctor, nor a scientist and cannot comment on other health problems that I do not have.
Nor am I the Creator, nor the designer of this gift, but I am however one of Mother Nature’s little gardeners and do respect her laws.
Think of Mother Nature with this in mind…..If we wound Her a little bit, She will go away (as we all do when wounded) to take the time She needs to heal, then She will come back and give us more in time. But if we wound Her beyond Her ability to heal and we cut too deeply then She will not heal and She will not give back what we have destroyed, and there will be nothing left for any of us!
It did not take long, however, before my family and friends were noticing the difference in my health, and I began harvesting Chaga for them as well through the fall and winter of 2006 and 2007.
In 2006, we launched our first website to sell fresh Fiddleheads and Dried Gourmet Mushrooms online from here in New Brunswick Canada. Since the best time to harvest Chaga is off-season to the Fiddleheads and edible wild mushrooms and other wild edibles, I added the Chaga to our website as well in 2007 because of it’s amazing health benefits to me.
How could I not share this? It is only for these reasons that I harvest Chaga: to share the health benefits with others who need it as I do!!
This also prolongs our wild foods harvest season, which helps to support my family and now helps a few others that I have trained in our community through the winter months. We do not harvest Chaga through the summer months at all, for which the reasons are on the Harvesting Chaga Mushrooms page. Since the summer of 2007 with the launch of my website ( we were the first website in North America to offer Chaga in it’s purest form) there are now literally thousands of web pages and web sites selling Chaga in various forms from all parts of North America. Yes the marketers also found my website and learned about the Chaga here as well! We only harvest and sell Chaga in its purest form. We do not add anything to our grind or powder. Nor do we make any kind of extract, and if we did it would be a single extract only. A double extract simply means; add water and make more money!
That’s my personal promise to you!
Here in Canada, our alcohol content in our Vodka is no higher than 45% so the 55% water content will take care of the water soluble enzymes during the fermentation process. So there is no need to do a second extract with water at all, as it serves no purpose other than to increase the volume and weaken the first extract. Unless of course you are using 100% grain alcohol, then by all means do the second boiling of the mash method.
Our Chaga is available in chunks, powder, loose tea grind (make your own tea bags) or 1/4 cup Tea Bags
We do not clean the Melanin-rich black outer part of the mushroom off as other people do, because recent analytical studies of the mushroom show that it is this part that holds the highest concentration of the anti-tumor rich phenol’s like the Melanin acids. If you are interested in the complete analysis of the Chaga mushroom that I have, click on the link for the scientific pharmaceutical report. This report is not copied or pasted from another website – it is real scientific data from a pharmaceutical laboratory in Japan. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6172139_Antioxidant_Small_Phenolic_Ingredients_in_Inonotus_obliquus_persoon_Pilat_Chaga
I received this report 8 years ago from the science officer at Maliseet First Nations Conservation Council and is the only report that I trust as there was no monetary gain involved for anyone. I have found a couple of more real good articles on Chaga that I want to share with you that I thought were really good and have value. But before you venture off I would like to share with you what you may experience in your first week of drinking the Chaga Tea as I did. Making an extract or tincture can be handy for traveling and can not make the tea, but we make our capsules for this purpose. We do prefer the tea when at home and I still drink as much as 10 cups per day especially through the summer months. The iced tea is delicious. Here’s what you could and should experience in your first week of drinking the tea, or the extract if that’s what you are taking… Day 2 & 3: ………your energy levels rising ! Day 4 or 5: …..you may notice a not so well feeling like you have a cold or flu coming on. (body detoxing) Day 6 or 7: ……you might have a bathroom experience that may alarm you -but in a healthy way! (Chaga is a natural colon cleanse as well) In week two and from then on, all your aches and pains from any arthritis you may have, may start to fade, and have a feeling of wellness that you never felt before.