True North Chaga is a Canadian owned and operated small business. Ethically harvesting chaga from the Boreal forests of Northern Ontario, we take pride in hand picking and hand crafting our chaga teas, powders and chunks for your drinking pleasure.
Known as the king of medicinal mushrooms, Chaga mushrooms, a nutrient dense super food, are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Chaga is most often found on yellow and white birch trees in colder regions including northern Canada. Chaga mushroom teas are full of antioxidants and naturally caffeine free. At True North Chaga we sun dry and grind our Chaga into loose and bagged teas full of healthy goodness!
Chaga is well know for its high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Other health benefits of chaga tea include lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Chaga also aids in digestion and detoxification and is known to boost longevity and aid in the healing process. Chaga also contains melanin, which helps fight radiation and tumours.
Growing up in a small bush town in Northwestern Ontario, Krista went on her first moose hunt at 11 months old, and spent her summers camping, fishing, build forts and berry picking. She also loves hiking and is attempting to hike the Bruce Trail end to end. When Krista isn't pursuing her keen interest in chaga, bushcraft, and tending to her pet tarantula's, she is busy taking care of her two teenaged sons and works fulltime as a nurse.
Richard is an avid outdoorsman who spends his summers fishing, hiking and camping. He loves gardening and is experimenting with permaculture this year, hoping to yield bigger crops with less work and less water. Richard is planning to live off the land/subsistence living in the upcoming years and researching this way of life lead to his interest in Chaga. Richard also loves exotic pets and houses scorpions, tarantulas and snakes!
Chaga mushroom, or Inonotus obliquus, is a fungus. It produces a woody growth, called a conk, which is used to make medicine. Chaga mushroom is a parasite that grows on birch trees in colder climates like the Northern hemisphere. Chaga mushrooms resemble a dark clump of dirt, or charcoal on the outside but can be distinguished by its orange tissue on the inside.
People drink Chaga tea, or take Chaga by mouth for heart disease, diabetes, stomach and gastrointestinal issues, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.
Chaga is at its peak nutrient value when the birch tree has gone dormant for the winter. It is best to harvest Chaga through the fall and winter, until the sap starts running.