Join me for an hour outdoor Forage to identify and collect Chaga. Then Into the Studio to process the Chaga into Tea or Coffee that can be used daily as a daily antioxidant and body healer. We will meet at 1 pm for a short winter walk. Then for 3 more hours you’ll learn how to break down and process into Essential Oil & learn the correct dosage . We will make Chaga Coffee and Tea for each participant to take home along with additional recipes and a list of medicinal properties. $40 per person – 4 hours total. Transportation will be required and please dress for the weather. All tools and ingredients are supplied
Historically in Cree Culture, a mythological character named Wisakecak threw a scab, which he had mistaken for dried meat (and tried to eat), against a Birch tree. To this day, it remains on the tree to benefit mankind. The Birch tree itself, is known as ‘The Tree of Life’ to aboriginals, as all aspects of the tree are edible. In current science, a Quebec Arborist found that when Chaga was crushed into a powder and made into a paste, then applied directly to Beech infected by blight ( caused by Cryphonectria Parasitica), healed within 2 years and then became blight resistant. Paul Stamets speaks about many other opportunities to utilize tree fungus species as a means of ‘innoculating’ or protecting other tree species, including commercial orchards. We will discuss this topic in further detail.
Internationally, Chaga has been harvested for a multitude of uses by North American Aboriginals, Russia, Poland, Korea & Japan. Each country conducting research and treating (with chaga) a wide range of health issues from Hodgkin’s disease, Tuberculosis, Liver disease to Cancer. It is specifically noted as a blood purifier and pain reliever. There has been uses in Diabetes in Western Siberia due to its water soluble polysaccharides which inhibit alpha glucosidase – preventing absorption of glucose. Chaga has been widely researched for its anti tumor activity, especially in eastern Europe. Specifically due to high levels of Betulin in specific areas of the fungus itself.
In this workshop, the participant will be taught the ethical harvest for future proliferation. The levels of uses (decoction to after paste & their applications). The Chemical constituents and proper traditional uses. The difference between the outer layer of the fungus compared to the inner layer. Hands on processing and samples of our find to take home.
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