If you are new to the world of chaga, you may wonder what the best way to consume the mushroom is in order to reap the most benefits. Chaga Tea and Chaga Tincture are two of the most popular methods, and each can be made at home, using simple ingredients.
Each form of chaga extraction may not be ideal for each person. The best way to determine which method works most effectively for you is to try them and see how each one influences your health and body.
The obvious advantage of chaga tea is the quick preparation time as compared to that of making a chaga tincture. If you purchase the chaga already ground into a powder form, preparing the tea only takes a short time. Many people enjoy chaga tea after five to ten minutes of steeping to ensure the flavor and nutrients are infused into the water.
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By contrast, making a chaga tincture is a
Effectiveness of Different Forms of Chaga Extraction
The effectiveness of a chaga tincture is said to be greater than that of a chaga tea. While both forms of chaga are beneficial to the system, the process of creating a tincture allows more of the nutrients from the chaga to soak into the liquid.
When making a tincture, the effective nutrients are filtered through the
Tinctures are typically made with alcohol, such as rum or vodka, but they can also be made using a vinegar base or even glycerin.
Depending on your preference, the chaga can be left to
A vinegar based tincture needs to remain refrigerated in order to last up to six months. Read our Tincture recipe here to learn more.
Flavor and Taste of Chaga Tea vs. Chaga Tincture
The taste of chaga tea is often said to be an earthy, natural flavor with a hint of vanilla. Most people say it is inoffensive, particularly when sweetened with a touch of honey or agave nectar.
For those who dislike the flavor, or just do not like tea in general, tincture may be preferable. Taken in small quantities, the taste of tincture wears off quickly.
Chaga Tincture can also be made using an ingredient that decreases the natural flavor of chaga while still absorbing the nutrients from the mushroom, such as apple cider vinegar.
Cost of Chaga Tincture or Tea
Pre-made tincture tends to cost more than tea, however if you are willing to try and make your own preparations, each one can be made using the same chaga powder.
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Which is Superior?
Tea and tincture each
For those who don’t have time to wait a few months to get a tincture made up, tea is still a viable substitute.
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