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A Chaga tincture is an excellent source of antioxidants and immune system-boosting compounds, so it’s no surprise that many people want to make their own Chaga tincture at home using ingredients they can find in their kitchen cupboard. However, since Chaga tincture can only be made with alcohol and the strength of the alcohol can vary between brands, it’s important to know how much Chaga tincture you should use before consuming it on its own or with other liquids.

What is Chaga mushroom?

The Chaga mushroom is a fungus that grows on birch trees in the cold climates of the northern hemisphere. It has been used as a traditional remedy in Russia, Scandinavia and North America since ancient times.

The best way to use this herb is by taking it as a tincture. This means that you will be using alcohol as an extraction medium and then adding it to water or tea, which can help increase its bioavailability. Start with one drop (approximately 20-25 drops) three times per day, increasing your dosage by one drop every few days until you reach 60-80 drops three times per day. You can mix up the dosage schedule so long as you do not exceed more than 80 drops at any given time.

What are the health benefits of using Chaga?

If you’re not familiar with Chaga, it’s a fungus that grows on birch trees in the form of hard, black lumps. It’s been used as medicine and food by many cultures around the world for centuries. Many people find Chaga tinctures are easy to use because they can be mixed into water or tea. Drinking Chaga is one way of getting the many health benefits it offers. Here are some of them: 

-A powerful antioxidant -Helps neutralize free radicals in your body 

-Boosts immune system -Keeps your lungs healthy 

-Improves digestion -Detoxifies your liver 

-Increases energy levels -Offers anti-inflammatory benefits

How do you take Chaga tincture?

The best way to take Chaga tincture is with a dropper. Put the desired amount of Chaga tincture into a small container and add some water. You can also put it in tea, smoothies, oatmeal, or anything else you would like. Begin by taking 1 dropper (or 5 ml) per day and gradually increase your dosage as you see fit. It should be noted that most people only need one dose per day for optimum health benefits. If you feel better after 2-3 days then start at 2 doses daily. If this feels great after 4-5 days, start at 3 doses daily. After 6 days on 3 doses a day try 4 doses daily if you feel well enough to do so. There are no known side effects to drinking Chaga tincture but many recommend drinking it diluted for best results.

The Dosages Explained

There are three types of chaga tincture dosage that you can choose from. The first is called a single serving and it is 8-10ml or 1-2 teaspoons. This is the best option for those who are just trying chaga out or want to take it occasionally. The second option is one cup, which contains 16-20ml or 3-4 teaspoons and provides an extra boost when needed. Finally, you have the double cup, which has 32-40ml or 6-8 teaspoons and will give you stronger health benefits than the other two options. Overall, whichever dosage you choose should be based on how often you plan on taking it as well as how much your body can handle.

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