Recently I have made some Chaga tincture. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), also known as True Tinder Fungus
is renowned for its medicinal properties which include; anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and it helps to strengthen the immune system.
It is recommended that you crush the mushroom into a powder and use to make a tincture (a tincture is an alcohol extract), but I wanted to use the fungus after to teach firelighting, so I broke it up into small pieces and placed in a tar which has an air-tight seal. I then covered the pieces of Chaga with 40% vodka.
I sealed the jar and left it in a dark cupboard for two weeks, agitating the jar everyday. After two weeks I poured the jars contents through a coffee filter, into a bottle.
Then I put the pieces of Chaga back into the jar and filled the jar with fresh vodka and repeated the hole process again. Eventually I had a vodka bottle full with Chaga tincture. The Chaga pieces I have dried and use for firelighting and some of the tincture I have transferred into small medicine bottles and I take a dropper full of tincture two times every day.