Adaptogens 101: King Healer
Adapta-what? Welcome to my first post of my Adaptogen series! It’s possible that you’ve only started hearing about adaptogens or maybe you’ve been curious all along. Either way, they’ve been around the block for awhile now. In fact, Adaptogens have been used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practices for centuries. Adaptogens are a unique group of healing herbs used to improve the health of your adrenal system which is in charge of managing the body’s hormonal response to stress.
The word Adaptogen comes from the latin word Adaptare meaning to adjust which is exactly what adaptogens do — they help your body adjust to the different stressors in our wild lives and I think we could all agree that stress is a huge factor when it comes to our health.
Adaptogens are an all natural way to support your health and overall wellness, but remember, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Most adaptogens are generally safe for everyone, but please supplement with awareness and talk to your doctor before adding adaptogens into your diet especially if you are breastfeeding or pregnant ;)
Chaga aka King Healer
Chaga(literal translation to mushroom in Russian), is what you would call a functional mushroom. Known as King Healer for it’s immune balancing properties, chaga is a black and goldish mushroom that grows in colder climates of the northern hemisphere on birch tress and honestly looks like bark more than it resembles your typical mushroom.
As a tonic to the entire body, Chaga is taken consistently and daily for longevity – not to remedy one symptom or another. Hundreds of years ago the Siberian and Chinese took it daily as a tea. Today in Siberia, it it’s even more commonly consumed over coffee because of its detoxifying and medicinal qualities.
The Chaga mushroom is a nutrient dense superfood packed with antioxidants to support your skin and immune system. Chaga is known for being high in vitamin b complex, iron, vitamin d, and amino acids to name a few. Researches are looking into the possibility that chaga mushrooms may prevent some cancerous cells and slow the growth some cancers. Chaga is rich in antioxidants, which are chemicals that help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals or oxidants.
Oxidization of the cells and free radicals in the environment are a huge factor in pre-mature aging. The fact that this superfood mushroom is loaded with antioxidants is one of the reasons it’s growing in popularity because these properties may help your hair, nails, immune system, and keep your skin youthful. Think berries on steroids!
My favorite way to incorporate Chaga in my life
Some of my favorite ways to incorporate Chaga into my life and daily routine are drinking Chaga Tea, Mushroom Coffee, and my chaga mask that you can find here!
—1 TSP of Sun Potion’s Wild Harvested Chaga to 8 oz of hot water
Option 1: Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes strain(or don’t) and enjoy.
Option 2: To get the most benefits extracted from the Chaga mushroom is to cook it low and slow. Make a big batch with the same ratio and slow cook it on the stove or in a crockpot for 6 to 8 hours. Strain with a metal mesh strainer, nut bag, or cheese cloth and store the rest in a large mason jar for the next couple of days.
Fun fact: During World War II, Finland was under a serious coffee rations so the entire county switched over from drinking coffee to chaga tea! It has a very similar taste and look especially when its slow brewed.
— 3 TBSP of Four Sigmatics mushroom coffee mix
— 8 oz of hot water
— 1 TSP of Fourth and Heart Madacasgar Vanilla Bean Ghee
— 1 TBSP of Great Lakes Collagen
— T TSP of MCT oil, Coconut oil, or my favorite: Artisanal Organics coconut butter
Combine all ingredients, blend, top with cinnamon, and enjoy!
Option 2: Fine grind your TBSP of chaga and add it to your coffee grinds then brew.