Chaga mushroom is known as birch mushroom. It has beneficial properties and is widely used in traditional medicine as a remedy for many diseases and ailments.
If you decide to use this natural remedy of alternative medicine, then you need to know how to properly prepare the mushroom chaga, in order to preserve as much of its beneficial properties as possible. The fungus is usually harvested by collecting it in the birch forest in the spring or at any other time of the year. It is only important to take the top layer of the fungus, it is he who is healing. Also, when collecting, look at the color of the chaga - it should be black.
Usually during treatment, chaga is used in decoctions and infusions.
How to cook chaga?
- Before brewing the chaga, cut the mushroom into small pieces immediately, as you came from the forest or directly in the forest (if you bought the mushroom at the pharmacy, it is immediately ready for preparation).
- Then the mushroom cut into small pieces must be dried. You can dry in the oven for half an hour or in the open air, but not in the sun!
- After the crushed chaga is completely dry, rinse it thoroughly in water. The washed pieces are then soaked for about 5 hours in boiled water at room temperature. Warm water helps preserve the beneficial properties of chaga
- Water for soaking chaga must be calculated as 1: 5 (1 part chaga and 5 parts water).
- Minimally soaked chaga should 5 hours, maximum - a day.
- After that, before the next cooking, chop the chaga with a grater or meat grinder.
- Brew a mushroom with water no more than 50 ° С! High temperature has a detrimental effect on the nutrients of the fungus, destroying them.
- Insist again, now within 2 days.
- Strain through gauze the resulting dark liquid.
- It is necessary to add boiled water to the strained liquid to the original volume.
- Cooked chaga is stored for no more than 4 days!
- There are other ways to make chagi. A simpler way is to brew chaga.
How to brew chaga?
There are recipes in traditional medicine, according to which chopped dried chaga is brewed in a usual teapot and used instead of brewing for tea. But according to recent data, at a temperature above 50 ° C, many useful substances of the fungus are destroyed. And boiling water has a much higher temperature.
Therefore, you can not pour boiling water over the chaga. This is the whole snag. "Brewing chaga" - this is just an expression, fixed in the vernacular. In fact do not brew chaga, and soak them.
How to insist chaga?
How to make an infusion of chaga, because in many recipes it is said about the infusion of birch fungus? Infusion chaga do as follows:
- Thoroughly rinse pre-chopped or bought in a pharmacy chaga. Pour water at room temperature and insist during the day. Then the water is drained, and the chaga is infused in warm water for 36 hours.
- The infusion can be stored for 3 days in a cool dark place. Dosage and dosage of infusion depend on the type of disease.
When consuming an infusion or decoction of chaga, you should follow a vegetable diet., you can eat dairy products, you must completely eliminate the meat and spicy, spicy foods.
With self-treatment with chaga, carefully monitor your well-being! After all, self-medication may in some cases not help, but aggravate the disease. Traditional medicine is still safer, remember this, resorting to popular recipes!