Chaga Preparation According to Cree Healer Sherri Anderson

In his book The Fungal Pharmacy – a must-read if you’re in any way interested in the healing powers of mushrooms – author Robert Rogers introduces Cree Healer Sherri Anderson from the Flying Dust First Nation who shares the following recipe for preparing a chaga extract.

Robert Rogers and his book, The Fungal Pharmacy

“To make chaga medicine, remove the inner orange-brown layers, either cutting them into strips or shredding and crumbling them. Use one tablespoon for every three litres of boiling water and let soak for four hours.

Pour off this liquid and save the wet powder. Pour a cup of water that has been boiled and then cooled to fifty degrees Celsius over the fungus and leave at room temperature for two days.

Drink up to three cups daily, thirty minutes before meals. “

Three drinks to enhance your life

The energetic​ one

What's in it?

Sustainably foraged adaptogenic and energizing chaga from Northern Canada, distilled spruce tips and blueberries.  

What does it taste like?

Refreshingly herbaceous, hints of fruit and gently carbonated. If you like coffee spritzers or Italian bitters you’ll love this drink. 

When to drink it?

Anytime you need to energize but don’t want jitters. For brunch, it makes a sensational coffee spritzer, on its own with a dash of lemon it makes for a fantastic alternative to artificial energy drinks. 

The focused one

What's in it?

We brew this tonic with real nootropic focusing lion’s mane, confident juniper berries and and vibrant Canadian sumac. 

What does it taste like?

This is Mike’s favourite, citrus-forward, confidently herbal and resolutely upbeat. If you like a G&T, you’ll be a fan.

When to drink it?

In the days when we could still meet friends in bars, (they will return) this was our go-to after midnight drink, on the rocks or as a mixer. Now we use it to help us keep focused in Zoom meetings. 

The relaxed one

What's in it?

The perfect partner for unwinding and relaxing, brewed with adaptogenic reishi, elderberries and gentle birch. 

What does it taste like?

We call this our summer romance, complex and balanced, with subtle berry flavours. A dry rose on a sunny dock,  with bubbles. 

When to drink it?

From movie nights at home to relaxing on a dock on Lake Muskoka on a hot summer’s day, this gorgeously rose botanical tonic delivers all the chill that only reishi and elderberry can bring to the party. 

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