Chaga Mushroom is the King of all mushrooms and nature’s miracle natural food. The Japanese call it “the diamond in the forest.”
I extracted the medicinal value of the wild harvested Chaga mushroom using raw apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol using a double decoction method. Vinegar tinctures are a great alternative to traditional alcohol tinctures and can be used in the same way. They have a shelf life of 1 year.
I use raw apple cider vinegar because it has a natural mother in it which is beneficial for gut health.
Chaga mushroom is great for your skin not only because its extremely high in antioxidants but because of its notably high content of the DNA protective antioxidant known as Melanin, which is the skin’s best friend. It’s also good for the skin because it rejuvenates the liver with its rich content of zinc and SOD. These nutrients rejuvenate the liver and the liver is one of the most vital connecting organs to the skin.
Chaga Mushroom has the highest ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) for antioxidants recorded in all natural foods.
You can take this tincture 3 times a day. I carry it in my purse with me for easy use. I also like to take a shot of it before and after meals to aid in digestion. The Apple Cider Vinegar it’s made in is great for digestion.
You can add to salad dressings, and drinks. You can use as a toner on your skin. You can use under your arms twice a day for stink that wont go away. (apple cider vinegar good for body odor). You can add a few drops to your hair conditioner. They make great gifts too!
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