April 13, 2021 3 min read
If you know a little of chaga mushrooms already, you’ll know they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin D, fibre, amino acids, zinc, copper and magnesium.* Grown typically on birch trees in the Northern hemisphere, chaga mushrooms have been used in traditional ancient remedies for hundreds of years, as a means of maintaining a healthy functioning immune system.* Due to their nutritional density, they are known to be good at helping the body to naturally fight inflammation and support a healthy digestive system.* You can find out more about how to use chaga mushroom powder for your health by checking out this article.
Another interesting angle on these superfood mushrooms is their high levels of melanin. The list of chaga benefits for skin is pretty fascinating too. The antioxidants found in this mushroom are able to help support the body to repair damaged cells which are often the result of ageing and sun damage.* This article will explore some of the key chaga benefits for skin, and how you can add chaga into your beauty regime.
Chaga, much like blueberries, kiwi fruit and avocados, contain high quantities of antioxidants. These antioxidants help to protect our cells from free radical damage. Reducing the number of free radicals in our body helps to lessen our overall stress response.We stop the degeneration of our tissues, and as a result, healing in our organs, joints and skin happens organically. Chaga, along with cacao, has a very high level of something known as superoxide diamatuse (SOD), which helps to maintain a healthy balanced body, when life gets busy.*
Because chaga is a rich source of melanin, and melanin plays an important role in protecting your skin from damage caused by prolonged sun exposure, chaga can help to support your body in repairing itself from damage caused by UV rays.*
According to the US National Library of medicine, Chaga is also a rich source of betulinic acid, which is known to help support and maintain healthy skin cells, giving skin a more youthful look.* Chaga also supports the production of collagen, a protein which restores the skin’s elasticity.*
There are a couple of ways to harness chaga benefits for skin. The most obvious, is to consume it. At Rritual, we honor the traditional means of consuming chaga, which is wild-crafted in Northern Europe and Russia. Traditionally it is believed that drinking chaga steeped in warm water would release and enhance its nourishing properties. Our Chaga Powder Mix and Elixir Sticks are combined with Eleuthero root, an adaptogen herb known to help the body manage and respond to stress in a healthy, balanced way.* For a mix of flavor and full spectrum seasonal support, we also included astragalus root and schisandra berries, traditional Asian botanicals.
We recommend you enjoy our chaga powder mix or elixir as a nutritive tea, mixed in 6 oz of hot water or with your favorite dairy or non-dairy beverage heated up. This complementary combination, enhances the natural peanut flavor of astragalus root, as well as, the citrusy and berry notes of schisandra berry to create a delicious and satisfying peanut buttery beverage. Kick back, relax, enjoy your chaga latte, and reap the chaga benefits for skin.
It is also possible to incorporate chaga into your topical skincare. Using a skincare product with a high concentration of chaga can be a great option for adding an antioxidant boost to surface level cells.*
As chaga is a form of adaptogen, topical application or consumption of the mushroom can be supportive of overall skin health.* Chaga also contains something known as kojic acid, a superfood ingredient which contributes to nourished and hydrated skin.* Kojic acid contains enzymes which keep skin moist while minimizing clogging and dirt build-up.
Topical use of chaga can be found in skincare products available on the market. You can find moisturizers, face masks and serums that can be applied to your skin.
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