Chaga tincture

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

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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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Umbellifer fire

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

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

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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;

http://www.norrshaman.net/Saami%20Ethno%20Medicine.htm