Chaga is a mass of mycelium/sclerotia of the Inonotus obliquus fungus. Found typically on birch trees in the northern hemisphere. It is sometime referred to as the “King of medicinal mushrooms”, or “King of medicanal herbs“. Chaga hosts an impressive list of benefits. It has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants out of all the “supper foods”. Melanin and Superoxide Disutase (SOD) are two of those antioxidants. Phytosterols and Beta-Glucans are another important component of chaga that reduces LDL cholesterol and may reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Betulin, and Betulinic acid which have been shown to have anticancer and antiviral properties. Chaga can be prepared in a decoction as a “tea” or in an alcohol extract. Alcohol extract is recommended as it contains the full biochemical signature of the chaga. Typical dosage with a decoction is about a tea spoon of chaga powder per cup of “tea” or about 0.5ml – 1ml (10 to 20 drops) of alcohol extract. One to two times a day during aliment. A true jem of the bush! Please harvest responsibly as chaga grows very slowly!