Chaga Tincture vs Chaga Tea
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.
This in depth look at the different forms of chaga lays out the pros and cons of chaga tea and chaga tincture.
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.
By contrast, making a chaga tincture is a long term process that requires planning and patience. Once the process of creating a tincture is underway, it will typically take at least a month for the tincture to steep and be ready for consumption.
A tincture requires time to properly come together, but can be made in a larger quantity which can then be kept and used at a moment’s notice. Alcohol based tinctures can last for several years, and are typically taken in small quantities, so even a small bottle can last a long time.
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 theprocess at least two times. This helps to synthesize the most powerful parts of the fungus into the liquor.
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 soak into the base liquid for as little as three weeks or as long as six months. Once completed, the alcohol base will allow the tincture to last the longest and be stored anywhere, such as in the pantry or medicine cabinet.
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
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.
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.
Tincture can be made using an affordable brand of liquor or a bottle of vinegar, which is typically cost effective for any budget.
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Which is Superior?
Tea and tincture each have their own merits, but when compared directly, tincture does serve as a more effective way of taking the nutrients and beneficial metabolites from the chaga and delivering them into the bloodstream.
For those who don’t have time to wait a few months to get a tincture made up, tea is still a viable substitute.