Wild Chaga Mushrooms vs Cultivated


Wild Chaga Mushrooms, Inonotus obliquus, are found in cold temperate forests in the northern hemisphere. It is a rare and highly prized mushroom that grows on birch trees under extreme climatic conditions.

Humans have harvested wild Chaga for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. David Wolfe, a prolific superfoods author, has labeled Chaga the “king of medicinal mushrooms”.

Lumino’s Chaga Mushrooms are harvested from birch trees in a remote Alaskan forest, where the temperature is the coldest that trees will grow.

Guidelines in Alaska mandate that harvesting wild Chaga should not damage the birch tree host. Sustainable harvesting methods allow trees to recover from the harvest and fosters regrowth of the Chaga.

After harvesting, Lumino uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. The Chaga is then milled and packaged in large oxygen-bleached paper sachets for easy brewing. 100% wild-crafted Chaga mushroom powder harvested and processed in the USA.

Brewing the Chaga releases the essences and energies that have been stored in the Chaga fibers.

There are numerous commercially cultivated Chaga products. Instead of growing outdoors on birch trees under extreme conditions, cultivated Chaga is are often grown indoors and harvested just a few months after sowing into its growing medium.

Many of Chaga’s enzymes, antioxidants, and antibiotics appear to develop only as a side effect of years in a harsh environment. Cultivated Chaga is not involved in a struggle for survival and therefore will not develop the same range of complex antioxidants and other components.

Lumino’s Chaga Powder comes with brewing instructions along with recipes for food and beverages.


Chaga Mushroom Tea for Calm Energy


Tea has been closely intertwined with Buddhism since the first traveling monks discovered it in China.

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a medicinal mushroom and one of the most nutrient dense foods.

According to Lhasha Tizer the word Chaga in Pali means relinquishment. This letting go is from the heart and is related to loving kindness and compassion.

Many centuries later, the word Chaga was adopted by Siberian shamans. This tea was consumed before taxing activities to increase endurance and taken to alleviate fatigue after long periods of exertion.

Unlike most dark black beverages, Chaga is naturally caffeine free.

However, as a botanical adaptogen, it produces a calm energy and enhances the body’s ability to cope with anxiety and fatigue.

Chaga mushrooms flourish best in extremely cold climate with winter temperatures well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

This superfood requires careful temperature and humidity conditions before milling into a fine powder.

Chaga is a healthy delicious hot or cold beverage, in addition Chaga can be used for making Kombucha and Chai. Many people add Chaga to their coffee for the health benefits and added natural energy.

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Brewing instructions and recipes included with every purchase of Chaga Mushroom Powder.


Chaga Mushroom Brewing Instructions

Published on April 11, 2016, in Chaga Mushrooms.

Chaga Brewed

Brewing instructions are for Lumino Wellness Chaga Sachets. Lumino’s oxygen-bleached cotton paper sachets are filled with a half-ounce of ground Chaga, making it easy and simple.

Important Brewing Tip: most of the tannin is released in the first brewing, so the more you re-brew with the same sachet, the smoother and better tasting the Chaga becomes.

Brewing Chaga in a Crock-Pot or Dutch Oven

In a crock pot, the best temperature is between 160-180 degrees F. This temperature is the low setting on most crock pots. To use a Dutch oven instead of a crock pot, add Chaga sachet and water and place in oven at 175 degrees F.

For your first brewing: Add one sachet to six cups of water, brew for eight hours. The first brew has the most tannin. See Chaga recipes for ideas on how to use this brewing for food and drinks.

For the optimal flavor, you should keep reusing the sachets until they tear. The more the sachets are brewed, the smoother and more full flavored elixir they produce.

After you have read about multiple re-brewing of the sachets on the complete Chaga Brewing Instructions, you will be ready to become a Chaga pro with Chaga Recipes for Food and Drinks.

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Health Benefits of Chaga Mushrooms

Published on March 11, 2016, in Chaga Mushrooms.

Health Benefits of Chaga

Chaga is an extremely nutrient dense food with an array of health benefits.

It is an excellent source of Melanin that is required to maintain beauty and protect skin and hair.

Betulinic Acid in Chaga is known as an immune enhancer and liver tonic. The high levels of Beta-D-Glucans are responsible for balancing the body’s immune system.

Chaga is one of the most potent adaptogens that balance the body by energizing fatigued systems and relaxing overactive ones. Because Chaga is loaded with Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) it is an antioxidant powerhouse.

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Lumino’s Delicious Chaga Powder makes a fortifying elixir that removes tiredness, increases work capacity and adds zest to life.

Lumino’s Chaga Mushrooms are harvested from birch trees in a remote Alaskan forest where the winter temperature is the coldest that trees will grow. After harvesting, they gently dry and grind the Chaga. Brewing the Chaga releases the essences and energies that have been stored in the Chaga fibers.