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Kezzie
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Chaga

Postby Kezzie » Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:37 pm

Does anyone here interact with Chaga? It is enormously popular up here - as well as being plentiful. A bit of work to harvest and to make into small enough bits for use - but truly beneficial. Soooooo.... I am wondering - does anyone other than myself, here, work with this wonderful fungi?

ItalianBee
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Re: Chaga

Postby ItalianBee » Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:47 pm

I don't have much experience with Chaga but I have a chunk of it in my possession, that I harvested last September. I bang off a small piece of it and add it when making soup stock.

I have read that it doesn't give up its goodies to alcohol, so not good to tincture that way - can anyone speak to that?

I too would love to learn more.

bluebirdmama
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Re: Chaga

Postby bluebirdmama » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:30 pm

I love Chaga! I drink it every day, several times a day. My kids absolutely love it too. It is pretty plentiful here too. I usually reuse the same chunk over and over again all winter long, adding a bit more if it becomes too weak. I serve it with a splash of maple syrup and milk.

Kezzie
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Re: Chaga

Postby Kezzie » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:58 pm

Thank you both. I have not tried re-using it. Interesting.
Chaga does give up her goodies to alcohol though. Not completely, but more than enough to be very useful!

ItalianBee
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Re: Chaga

Postby ItalianBee » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:25 am

Kezzie wrote:Thank you both. I have not tried re-using it. Interesting.
Chaga does give up her goodies to alcohol though. Not completely, but more than enough to be very useful!


Well, then, I will try a tincture. I came across one piece online (quite a while ago and I don't know that I could find it again) that said you basically have to simmer it for a day and then do some other things and the whole infusing process took three days. I couldn't believe that - it wouldn't be as popular as it's becoming if that were the case.

Kezzie
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Re: Chaga

Postby Kezzie » Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:56 pm

Mmhmm - the people I have talked with, online and off seem to infuse it longer and hotter with some expectation that there should be more "visually" than they are getting. But then, I am not talking about wise women using simples and making daily infusions of so many good things a part of daily life. Does that make sense? I think that a lot of people are over-cooking to increase perceived results.

ItalianBee
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Re: Chaga

Postby ItalianBee » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:14 am

Kezzie, I think that's part of the whole mindset of our culture, which is too bad. True health is slow and subtle.

Oh, and I think I'm going to do my first double extract with chaga. Exciting!

Kezzie
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Re: Chaga

Postby Kezzie » Thu Feb 12, 2015 5:23 pm

ItalianBee wrote:Kezzie, I think that's part of the whole mindset of our culture, which is too bad. True health is slow and subtle.

Oh, and I think I'm going to do my first double extract with chaga. Exciting! [/[color=#BF0000]cYAY!!! Let us know how it turns out, please!olor]


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