Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus) is a medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees in cooler regions. This magical mushroom is fairly unknown but really does have a history.
In the East, it has been consumed for centuries as a therapeutic or medicinal tea for all sorts of common health complaints. It’s great for the skin, helpful with chemotherapy treatments, fights tumors, and aids in strengthening your immune system. Most recently, it has started to gain popularity in the West.
Chaga is a black mass of highly concentrated mycelium that grows on birch trees that have parasitic growths – however, there’s no need to worry because it’s not toxic. When describing it the hard outer layer looks like a black or burnt charcoal, referred to as the sclerotium. Inside is a darkish-yellow color.