Once again, my foodie crush, David Wolfe, and my buddy, Loren, have inspired me to a whole new level of diet, health and über wellness!
I was at Loren’s Raw Shop this morning buying a tray of pea sprouts for my juicing. She asked me how my cold is doing and suggested that I might want to try some chaga mushrooms to boost my immune system. I had heard David Wolfe talk about chaga mushrooms but wasn’t sure how to get my hands on them.
Loren produced not only a Ziplock bag of chaga mushrooms (which, I must say, looked remarkably suspect) but also a package of Instant Chaga and David Wolfe’s book entitled; Chaga: King of the Medicinal Mushrooms.
As I made my way home I decided that, once I got through the business part of my day, I was going to dedicate my day to the chaga.
I felt a bit like a fairy tale witch as I brewed my pot of chaga on the stove and had to resist the urge to let loose a maniacal witchy chuckle. A few minutes later, however, as my mushroom brew came to a rolling boil, I did succumb to Shakespeare’s ‘bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…!’
I mean, really! How could I resist that one?
While I waited for my stovetop brew to be ‘cooked’, I tried out the package of Instant Chaga that Loren had given me to try. And, all I can say is…OMG! So delicious! It had sort of a caramel, coffee, sweet, and yummy taste. I have been looking for a delicious alternative to herbal tea and now I have found it. And, I can even see frothing almond milk and making it a morning latte treat with a sprinkle of cinnamon on the top.
I have already placed my online Instant Chaga order with Four Sigma Foods and will await delivery with much anticipation.
In the meantime, I am curled up with David Wolfe’s intriguing book and a steaming mug of my stovetop brew. And, having never brewed mushrooms before, I was not quite sure what to expect. I am pleasantly surprised by the delightfully mild and earthy taste and I feel very much the Earth Mother as I drink my comforting chaga tea.
I am only about two chapters into Wolfe’s book but I am already a chaga convert. Here is what I have discovered so far about the medicinal qualities of this fabulous mushroom;
- High Jing (life force enhancer)
- So gentle it can be eaten by kids
- High in zinc
- Most alkaline food ever
- High mineral content
- Extraordinarily nutritious
- Highest natural source of melanin (pigment in skin & #1 nutrient required by pineal gland)
- High levels of antioxidants
- Amazing health and longevity tonic that is full of phyto-nutrients that slow the aging process
- Boosts immunity
- Staves off allergies and asthma
- Helps fight cancer
- Improves core vitality
- Stimulates white blood cell production
- Rich in vitamin D
I am now off to Zachary’s school to watch him in a much-anticipated dance performance. Oh the variety of my life is truly splendid…from Earth Mother one moment to Zachary’s mom the next!