Mushrooms are incredible healers! Many of them grow on tree parts that have been injured to nurse them back to health. Just like with trees, mushrooms help our bodies become stronger and more ready to face any challenges. They are great endocrine enhancers, lymphatic system movers, and nervous system balancers.
Recently, I made a chaga mushroom tincture and wanted to share with you how I made it because it requires an extra step needed in mushroom herbal extractions. This step is not usually needed for other herbs. Because many of mushrooms’ healing components are water-soluble but not alcohol-soluble, I did a double extraction, first with alcohol and then with water. Here is how I did it!
✨ Cut up fresh or dried mushrooms and place them in a glass jar.
✨ Cover the mushrooms with at least 40% alcohol such as vodka, brandy, or rum.
✨ Shake the jar every day for the next 30 – 75 days. Leave the jar in a place that you see every day so that you remember to shake it. I like to start my tinctures on a new moon and finish it on a full moon to take advantage of the moon’s power.
✨ When you are ready to make your tincture, take a strainer, cheese cloth, or a nut bag and strain the mushrooms to extract the liquid containing the precious healing properties.
✨ Save the mushrooms and store the extract in a glass jar.
🌸 Place the mushrooms you used in the alcohol extraction into a pot and pour enough water over them so that the level is a bit above the mushrooms.
🌸 Boil the water and reduce the heat to low, placing the lid on top of the pot.
🌸 Make a decoction by simmering the mushrooms for about one hour so that the water-soluble components can concentrate in the water.
🌸 Let the mushroom decoction cool down.
🌸 Strain the decoction and save the precious liquid.
🌸 Combine the alcohol and water extracts together and store them in a glass jar in a dark and cool place.