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)


Umbellifer fire

The standing dead stems of most umbellifers can be used to easily make fire


as they provide everything you need from tinder to fuel (as long as the weather is dry)


All you have to do is gather the remnants of the seed heads together and grab you firesteel

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The umbellifer stems burn hot and give off very little smoke and this is why the Saami carried and used dead Angelica when they needed a brew fire in a location where they did not want to be seen.  You can read more about the Saami use of Angelica and other natural medicines here;