Chaga

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  1. gohammergo

    gohammergo Still running against the wind..... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Greetings to one and all.

    I'm sure there have been plenty of threads about Chaga, but figured one more wouldn't hurt. :)

    Just kind of wondering who all regularly uses Chaga for tea or mixed with coffee, or whatever. Do you honestly think it benefits you?

    I've read a lot about it. Studies and such. I'm looking more for actual folks here who use it and found that it either helped them in some way. Or didn't. I understand that there is a psychological aspect of this. That if you are convinced that it helps that you can make yourself believe it does.

    I have used it in coffee. I'd put equal measures of it and coffee in my drip coffee maker. I felt that it helped my body feel not so sore. It wasn't an instant thing, like if you hurt your arm and you take a pain pill. It was more of a gradual thing, like I never really noticed how much good it did, until I stopped doing it.

    I first noticed this with multi vitamins. I would take them religiously, for long periods of time. But I hate taking pills. After awhile I'd stop. When I was taking them, I wouldn't feel all energized, like a young kid. BUT, I would notice a decline in energy about a week or so after I QUIT taking them.

    So I'm looking for opinions from folks about Chaga. Folks who use it, or used to.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I guess I'm too young to notice any benefits(knock on wood), but I agree that taking it regularly will/ should make a difference if it does do anything. It's high levels of antioxidants can help limit flaws in cell replication, thus possibly staving off future mutations, which lends it to it's current status as a magical super fungus.

    I can attest for it keeping me my youthful glow seeing I'm really 1,456 years old.
     
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  3. gohammergo

    gohammergo Still running against the wind..... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I was actually thinking about you this morning @Primordial . I was getting ready to take our Pug for a walk. I dug out my Malone wool pants and remember seeing you wearing similar on your trip report. I would never have guessed your age.

    I know you look pretty new yet, but I would have guessed you wouldn't have been a day over 1000 years old. I guess my eyes must be getting old. :)
     
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    Well after I passed the half century mark some years back I decided,
    "I am going to live forever! SO FAR SO GOOD!" :4::dblthumb:
    Need more :44:
     
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    A brother on here sent me some to try I going to try here soon with my health and stuff I have read there is lots of good stuff that comes from chaga. Prov 27 : 17
     
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    I make my oatmeal with it (1 cup Chaga tea water) every morning with cinnamon, honey and red cayenne pepper for the past 50 years (70 now) and I take no medications so I'll stick with it. Have eaten oatmeal every morning since I was a kid but then we only had molasses and fresh cream on it.
     
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    I make a combination of chaga and green tea into which I put a spoonful of organic cacao every morning. All good stuff, can't hurt!
     
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    I mix it with my coffee too for the last few years. I've been noticing a lot more harvest in popular areas than I used to. I also eat pure maple syrup every day which contains a lot of antioxidents. I got sick as a dog last winter so I don't know if it helps any but I like the taste.
     
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    I made a tincture using chaga and a good vodka. Took 5 weeks of soaking for the tincture to be finished, Rendered 4 oz of dark brown goodness. 1 drop under my tongue every day. It's only been 2 weeks so I can't give results yet. I made a winter green tincture as well.

    My plan is to make more in the spring and come up with a tutorial for posting on this forum.
     
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    Thanks for the input. :)

    I have some kind of rasp that is used for some kind of kitchen use. Maybe for nutmeg or ginger? I use that to rasp the Chaga. Gets it to a sawdust consistency. That's what I put in the coffee.

    @RavenLoon , I've been seeing a lot of local Chaga for sale lately. Actual legit company advertising on the local radio station. Not sure of the legality of them harvesting for profit on that kind of scale, unless it's coming from private land. :)
     
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    A microplane maybe?
    A hardware item that is "grate" for Parmesan and whatnot.
     
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    You pinned it!

    IMG_20180113_143833306-1002x1336.jpg

    I didn't even know what it was when I bought it. Thrift store, new, for $0.50. For half a buck, can't go wrong. :) My daughter has dreams of being a chef, so I thought this might be something she could use. I found something I could use it for first. :)
     
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    They work great for zesting limes and lemons, too :)
    I'll have to try it on the chaga you sent me.
     
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    You must be a chef? Or just like cooking? :)
     
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    I used to be a foodie. You know, the eating equivalent of gun nut? :rolleyes:
    It still gets used a couple times a month though.

    I've been holding out until I get a tickle in my throat to try some chaga tea. But I never get sick it seems. Not since I quite smoking 8-9-10 years ago.
    Does chaga go bad?
    Does it get moved from the food tin to the fire tinder tin?
     
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    @PAcanis , it doesn't go bad to my knowledge.

    Give it a shot. I think you'll like the taste. :)
     
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    I will.
    Tomorrow.
     
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    image.jpg 8 ounces a day with breakfast, I add more warm water to the jar as needed.
    Store in the fridge, when it quits turning black/brown I replace the Chaga with fresh, as a preventive.
    I thin it out a little with water b4 using.
     
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