Chaga – The King of Mushrooms

The earth is damp, not from the morning mist, even though the sun is barely above the horizon, but from the light rain that has continued for three days now. The air is damp too but so fresh. The wind has blown almost all the leafs from the trees and the nature is looking very bare, like a maiden coming out of the shower with only a towel wrapped around her waist. I close my eyes and feel the cool breeze and the drizzle of water on my face, as she tosses her wet hair up in the air.

the nature is looking very bare, like a maiden coming out of the shower with only a towel wrapped around her waist.

We are in no hurry, so we decide to make a fire to ease off the cold she is making us feel. The summer is only a distant memory and we can feel the winter is knocking at the door. It may snow any day now. Tomorrow I’m leaving to Helsinki for two weeks and a thought crosses my mind, whether I should change the winter tires to my car already. But now is no time to think of such matters.

The fire kisses me gently on the cheeks. I would love to stay in those warm arms but the maiden is calling me into the woods. There is something that she wants to give us, a treasure, a King. So we take off and start our search. But the maiden seems to be walking with us and guiding us towards the right direction. We don’t really need to search at all, she is handing it to us. It is right there in front of us, as if we had been following a map.

…she wants to give us, a treasure, a King.

Chaga, the King of mushrooms. It sits up on a birch tree, looking ever so magnificent in his black armor. We hack it down from its throne.

chaga tea

Back at the campfire we set the water boiling and slice a few pieces of Chaga into the water. We let it simmer for a moment, while we admire the artwork the maiden has created around us with the autumn colors and simple strokes of rain. When we take the pot from the fire and pour the golden liquid into our cups, we can see how the King has transformed into an elixir of life. We enjoy our Chaga tea, this treasure, this gift, with great joy and respect to the one who gave it to us.

We enjoy our Chaga tea, this treasure, this gift, with great joy and respect to the one who gave it to us.

Footnote:

Chaga mushroom is a fungus found growing on trunks of birch trees. It’s medicinal powers have been known since the ancient times. It’s a powerful adaptogen and a strong antioxidant. It has attracted lot of interest in the recent years due to its cancer and other disease fighting properties.

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