Chaga: The Most Magical Mushroom Tea On The Planetblog
All Rise for this Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antiviral & Anti-aging Rebel of the Forest…
For entrepreneur and designer, Krysta Francoeur, life for the past 15 years has been a series of illnesses and diagnoses; physical ailment that sprouted as a result of clinical depression, anxiety disorder, substance abuse and extreme dieting in her teenage years – which led to further complications including gallbladder damage and fibromyalgia.
At twenty-seven, she had already undergone several surgeries, weighed almost 200 pounds, and was about to be prescribed medication for high blood pressure.
It was then that she decided to take charge of what she was putting into her body. The next few years became her education on nutrition and well-being; focusing on plant-based healing and meditative practices to shift her mental narrative.
But still her high blood pressure persisted…
The Man in the Centre of the Universe
60 miles from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada where Krysta grew up, lies Deadman Valley – previously an abandoned goldmine until 1980, when an apprentice monk who had been sent from San Francisco set foot on the mystical ground and declared it the Tibetan “Centre of the Universe.”
Today, the location is a rustic, bohemian getaway of unstructured landscapes, wooden cabins, communal gardens, and quiet streams, attracting curious soul seekers and spiritual enthusiasts in search of a place of quiet and contemplation.
On a visit there with her family, Krysta and her parents were met by a caretaker of the grounds — whose features befit what you’d imagined a man who lives in “The Centre of the Universe” would look like: long grey hair and a pensive look, matched with a calm demeanor.
Halfway through their tour of the fields, the man turned around to Krysta, and after a long pause, asked — “Have you heard of Chaga?”.
Chaga: A mystical, persistent super-parasite.
The good kind…
In the northern-most forests of the world, where winters are harsh and trees are stripped bare by the boreal weather, the birch tree nonetheless thrives, and on it — the inonotus obliquus fungus grows; a heart rot absorbing the nutrient-rich betulin and betulinic acid from the tree bark to help it flourish and persevere in the bitter cold.
What begins as a whitish mass turns brown with time, eventually becoming the black, charcoal-like conk that Chaga is known as in its ripe, harvestable age.
Siberia’s Go-To Folk Medicine
There are no records that explain how or why Chaga (a latinized version of the Russian was discovered. But for thousands of years, mushrooms have always occupied our curiosity — for its proposed magic, spiritual power and mystical revelations, as foods, healing agents and — of course — hallucinogens.
Similar to other medicinal mushrooms, Chaga has been used for hundreds, or perhaps thousands of years — by healers and Shamans in Russia, China, Japan and Scandinavia — to treat everything from the common cold and gastritis, to tumours and kidney problems.
And over the course of centuries, the use of Chaga spread across Siberia and the majority of Russia.
In 11th century Siberia, The Khanty people who lived along the Ob River smoked chaga specifically to support lung health, brewed chaga as a tea to improve digestion, and used the mushroom as a soap for skin sores.
It was said that healers had used chaga to treat the lip tumour of Russian ruler Tsar Vladimir Monamah in the 12th century. Eventually chaga’s therapeutic properties became known in the Baltic regions, China and Japan, where the indigenous people of Ainu in Hokkaido consumed chaga to improve their immune system and overall health.
Today, chaga is a widely recommended natural remedy in Russia.
Nature’s Most Potent Antioxidant
While the earliest harvesters of chaga could not explain why it was such an effective healing medicine (except for the fact that it worked), current research has been able to provide a comprehensive explanation.
Gram for gram, chaga contains the highest antioxidant level of any natural foods, outshining acai berries, goji berries, cacao and turmeric (cucurmin), as well as more widely known medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and shiitake.
Chaga has an extremely high ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) — which measures the ability to absorb and stop dangerous oxidation and free radicals before they can cause damage to your cells and accelerate aging.
“The Mushroom of Immortality”
Today, chaga has received worldwide attention by health professionals and wellness enthusiasts alike, validating many of the health-aiding benefits of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which include:
The anti-inflammatory nature of chaga comes from a combination of triterpenes (chemical compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties) such as the aforementioned Betulin and Betulinic Acid, which protect the host birch tree from extreme temperatures and solar radiation.
Because it’s a natural BRM (Biological Response Modifier), this makes chaga adaptogenic, helping to stimulate your body’s immune function when needed and normalize it when overactive.
The sclerotium (the black outer layer of chaga) contains high amounts of fungi-melanin, making chaga a powerful anti-aging supplement that promotes better cell regeneration and revitalization for your skin, hair and organs.
Better Cholesterol Levels & Blood Pressure
Betulinic acid supports the immune system, healthy cell division, and also helps to break down ‘bad’ cholesterol in your bloodstream.
The beta-glucans (a soluble dietary fiber) in chaga have a positive effect on cholesterol levels which can help to lower high blood pressure and promote a healthy cardiovascular system.
Chaga has also proven to help ease the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation on the immune system such as nausea, insomnia, and fatigue, and helps to prevent metastasis (cancer cells that spread to a different part of the body from where it started)
Protection from Free Radicals
Chaga’s zinc, iron, copper and manganese content aids in stimulating the production of SOD (superoxide dismutase) – enzymes that play an important role in protecting your body from free radicals that cause damage to your cells.
It also contains numerous B vitamins and various phytonutrients (plant nutrients), including flavonoids and phenols, which are also powerful antioxidants that can help to boost your immune system. Check out the graph below:
The Wild Mission
Taking the cue from the man from The Centre of the Universe in Canada, Krysta began taking Chaga several times a week for a few months, and was shocked to discover that her blood pressure was normal for the first time in seven years.
Excited by the discovery, she decided to share it with a group of her close friends — but with a creative twist to her selection.
The friends she picked weren’t the types who already had both feet in the wellness craze. These were the workaholics, the insomniacs, and the party-goers who had perhaps experimented with short-lived smoothie routines, infrequent yoga classes, and failed New Year resolutions.
Instead of prescribing a definitive lifestyle change, it was important to Krysta that she promoted a health product that was easily integrated into various lifestyles.
All of them still experienced one or more of chaga’s therapeutic effects, and were amazed by how a single serving of chaga a day made a positive difference to their energy, their stress levels, their sleep, and their immune system.
And So Began Wild Remedies…
We are a company dedicated to helping humanity and the planet heal through the medicinal power of plants; in particular — the mystical Chaga mushroom.
We believe that turning to nature is one of the most effective ways to live your healthiest life.
Quality was the #1 objective…
Chaga in extract form is arguably the only way to truly benefit from chaga, as it enables your body to absorb the bioactive ingredients that make this medicinal mushroom the healer it is.
When Krysta developed Wild Remedies Premium Chaga, she researched how to find the best quality Chaga extract available so that people could experience the magical benefits of the medicinal mushroom at its most powerful potential, in the most sustainable way. Wild Remedies chaga is sustainably sourced from Siberian birch forests, where Chaga is carefully harvested and has long been recognized as an official ailment medicine.
Today Krysta runs Wild Remedies with a team of friends from around the world — those same friends whose lives had benefited from Chaga, and who are each taking ownership of their own well-being despite their different backgrounds and lifestyles.
A Health Tonic For Everybody — Just Add Hot Water
Stir half a teaspoon of Wild Remedies Premium Chaga into a cup of hot (never boiling!) water for an uplifting yet grounding tonic for the mind, body, and soul. No special blenders. No special tools. Not even a special barista.
Each serving of our tea starts at $1.19 — cheaper than a cup of coffee, yet gives you 10x in benefits (and love)!
Our Chaga tea has a mild and earthy flavour with natural vanilla notes, complemented by the rich taste of Ceylon cinnamon. It pairs wonderfully with almond milk, coconut milk, cacao powder, or chai. It can also be easily added to your favourite smoothies or raw desserts.
The beauty of Wild Remedies Chaga is that while it helps to alleviate a variety of troubles, it also fits differently in everyone’s individual story.
Our Chaga extract has no side effects — it simply stimulates your body to heal itself, making it the ideal supplement for everybody.
So whether you want to get an energy boost, to look and feel younger, quit caffeine, beat a bug, relieve jet lag, or keep a balance on things or all of the above — Wild Remedies Chaga can be easily integrated into your lifestyle and help you meet your personal goal.