Using this method of extraction allows you to fully benefit from the full power of the Chaga Mushroom extract, by tapping in to naturally occurring active ingredients that lie within the Chitin layers of its structure, that are not able to be extracted with water alone.
Take Chaga Chunks and add to coffee grinder.
Add Ethanol into the Granules, A good grade Vodka or Organic Grape Alcohol can also be used, this jar is 500ml.
Fill as below, store in a dark place for 10 – 11 days
After 10 – 11 days, drain off the Alcohol Extraction through a filter medium, either a coffee paper or as shown a strainer (allowing some tiny particles through)
Add the granules drained as above into 2L filtered water and simmer off until 1L is left.
Pour out the water and granules into a glass bowl and allow to cool
You now have an alcohol extraction (left) and a water extraction (right)
Place the glass bowl into a freezer for 2 days
The result is this, the layers of chitin will have been broken down in order for us to extract the potent chemicals in Chaga mushrooms.
Defrost the Chaga, now add 1L filtered water to this and simmer off again, until approx 1L remains.
Again filter the granules and liquid through a filter medium, either a coffee paper or as shown a strainer (allowing some tiny particles through)
Take your alcohol extraction and separate equally into containers
Take your water extraction and add to the alcohol extractions
Place some tincture extract in a Glass Vial with pipette, for easy addition to any drinks or smoothies.
Chaga tincture can also be used topically or sublingually (by adding a few drops under the tongue).
Note the potency (dark colour) of this particular extraction.
Where should I source my Chaga?
We recommend sourcing your Chaga raw material from a supplier based in or near to the Siberian North Parallel 61 Deg N – 61st Parallel. As these locations are considered most pristine.
Why use alcohol or Ethanol?
The reason we use alcohol, heat and cold is to break down the chitin cell wall of Chaga so that we can have full access to the benefits of Chaga.
Which part of the Chaga chunks should I use?
Although some sellers of wild harvested Chaga remove the black outer crust, you should request they send some chunks which have the black outer layer, as this contains a lot of the active medicinal constituents of the Chaga mushroom.
What is the difference between home-made and industrial extraction?
An industrial extraction uses pressure and heat to extract entact Beta Glucans and to break down or melt the chitin layers to release the bio active ingredients locked in. Our process attempts to break down the chitin structure by simmering a pre alcohol soaked powdered chaga and then freezing afterwards, then again reheating.
Do I need to improve my diet for best results?
To increase bio-availability of Chaga, it is best to include good fats into your diet, such as cacao butter, coconut oil, hemp oil due to the complexity of antioxidant bio availability and functioning.
Is normal tap water ok to use?
Try and use either distilled spring water or filtered tap water for best results and a pure product.
What does it taste like?
Chaga has an earthy flavor and a slight hint of vanilla. It mixes well with chai spices (cardamon, ginger, cloves, anise, fennel, cacao powder, dandelion root, chicory powder etc.)