Video on the Chaga Mushroom. We suggest using most botanicals  3 times (or more), to get all of what the plant has to give.  Chaga is a non sustainable fungi, if over harvested and used inappropriately. Knowing how to harvest and use will help preserve this gift of the forest.

Here is another great site with good information!

I make a chaga chai teaspoon of Chaga with a few chai tea bags will make dozens of good cups of tea..keep the brew going, add some cinnamon sticks etc. keep adding water and brewing until the colour and flavour wanes. We honour the medicine when we use it thoroughly.

BOTANICAL DETOX- from Illia’s Botanicals!


Slippery Elm Bark, Sheep Sorrel, Turkey Rhubarb Root, Burdock Root & Chaga make up this powerful detoxification formula. I have added Chaga to the formula and in so doing have named this formula- Bear Root Botanicals- DETOX.
  The original botanical formula was shared with a nurse named Rene Caisse near Ottawa Ontario, Canada by an Ojibwe Medicine person in the 1930’s~ she spent her life sharing it and assisting all who asked. She named it Essiac , her name spelled backwards. The man she shared it with prior to passing, shared it with me in the 1980’s. I have been preparing and sharing ever since.
1/4 cup formula- 11 cups spring water.
low simmer for 20 minutes- strain.
I use the formula 3 x’s prior to composting.
The second/third brewing requires a longer simmer, up to 2 hours is fine. Using less water keeps the potency high.
Keep in glass container in fridge. Mason jars work great. 

Drinking sufficient amounts of good quality spring water is essential while detoxifying.

See personal story on Ojibwe Detox

 May be cathartic – an active purgative, producing bowel movements-

Castor Oil Pack

1 OZ cold pressed organic castor oil (hexane free)

55 drops pure essential oil of peppermint

Massage into painful area, cover with a thin cloth, apply heat for 20 mins or longer.

Excellent results with sciatica pain.



Raw Protein snacks!

Freshly grind in a ‘coffee’ grinder:


1 cup raw Pumpkin seeds- fresh ground

1 tbsp. raw bee pollen- crushed

1/4 cup chia- fresh ground (coffee grinder) 

Add- 1 Tbsp. of Maca powder

Mix these dry ingredients.

Then add organic date paste, 

UNREFINED coconut oil or coconut butter,

MIX (with hands works well),

Add- walnut pieces, cocoa nibs, goji berries, cranberries &/or raisins as desired.

Dust in a mix of cardamom powder, cinnamon, Bolivian salt to taste.

FREEZE for later or ENJOY immediately.





My VitaliTEA formula~
1 cup Ginger
1 cup Turmeric
1 tablespoon powdered Ashwagandha & Shatavari Root
V-tea may be brewed by adding boiling water to a heaping teaspoon of the well mixed formula, whisk while adding organic coconut milk.
Grind fresh black pepper or cardamom to finish. Sometimes I add cinnamon.
Bolivian Rose Salt from the Andes Mountains
  • Mineral Rich – High iron content gives Rose Salt its striking reddish hue; in addition to the iron compounds, Rose Salt also contains many other minerals that the human body needs including potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • A Lower-Sodium Salt – Because of its high mineral content, pink salt has less sodium.  Rose Salt is a Healthier Alternative to Other Salts 
    • 20% less sodium than Kosher salt~
    • 36% less sodium than regular table salt~

Nutritional Information for Bolivian Rose Salt:

Essential Minerals

Per 100 grams

Iron 3.3 mg
Potassium 432 mg
Calcium 477 mg
Magnesium 125 mg
Copper .05 mg
Zinc <.01 mg
Sodium 386
Vegetable Glycerin, Spring Water, Essential oil of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Camphor, Clove, Rosemary

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