Chaga tincture

Recently I have made some Chaga tincture.  Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), also known as True Tinder Fungus

chaga natural lore

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.

chaga tincture recipe

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.

chaga tincture

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.

chaga tincture kevin warrington (Large)

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12 thoughts on “Chaga tincture

    • Not as far as I know. If it does it will be right up in the north of Scotland. You just break it up into pieces and dry it. Then break off small pieces to make fire.

  1. For what purposes is Chaga tincture used? I heard about it, as something used in Russian medicine.

  2. How are you feeling? Have you noted any improvements in your well being? Eg has it prevented illness… Or improved a pre- existing condition?

    • I hadn’t had a cold since January, but then last week I got one and it’s a bad one, so I would have to say that I do not feel any improvements.

  3. I thought that the chaga should be in the jar for 2 months, and with 80% vodka (the stronger the better for tinktures). And then you filter out the pieces of chaga and use the pieces for a three time decoction, what i mean like add as much water as you got vodka, then add 3 times that amount and let the chaga boil slow until 2/3 of the water is gone, let it cool until during the night and then repeat the procedure three times. Then mix that decoction with the alkohol and also the pieces of chaga and let it be for another two months before you filter the pieces out.
    That should do the trick.. Im right about to start one botteling, just need to order the 80% vodka fist, i think its possible from some sites in Finnland. 🙂

  4. I have a couple problems : Firstly, a tincture should be dual extraction, both water and alcohol . You are using alcohol alone which is likely not as beneficial as Water alone . I use 151 proof Rum and 190 proof alcohol . They recommend over 120 proof or 60 %, . Since your tincture will be 1/2 the strength of your alcohol, yours will be weaker and not have the shelf life . .

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