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Super Charge with Chaga

Chaga is a wild mushroom that grows on birch trees in northern climates that can be made into a pleasant tasting tea or tincture.  It has been used for centuries as a health tonic and now is being re-discovered for its amazing medicinal qualities including anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties.  It is only able to be wild harvested and cannot be commercially cultivated or replicated in the lab.  Come and find out why Chaga is on the top of my list as one of the best healing things you can do for your body.  We will also taste a variety of recipes and preparations of Chaga. 


Registration deadline: 3/12

Monday 3/19

6:30-7:30 PM

HS RM C-110

Fee: $25.00 ($5.00 material fee due at time of class)


Incredible Chaga

Chaga is a wild mushroom that grows on birch trees in northern climates that can be made into a pleasant tasting tea or tincture. It has been used for centuries as a health tonic and now is being re-discovered for its amazing medicinal qualities including anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties. It is only able to be wild harvested and cannot be commercially cultivated or replicated in the lab. Come and find out why Chaga is on the top of my list as one of the best healing things you can do for your body. We will also taste a variety of recipes and preparations of Chaga.

chaga - arboreal mushrooms growing on birch trunk. officinal fungus.


Registration Form - Chaga Class



Latin Name: Inonotus obliquus

Minnesota grown Chaga is available now at The Lamb Shoppe for Teas and as Tinctures!


The chaga mushroom has been used for centuries as a folk medicine remedy in North European countries and Russia. In laboratory studies, Chaga demonstrates anti-cancer activity as well as anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties. Historical records show the use of Chaga since the 16th century as a folk remedy.


Chaga Mushroom

Chaga Mushroom


  • Tea (long brewed as a decoction) It can be drank either hot or cold. Due to it’s natural tannins has a similar flavor to coffee, but lighter.
  •  Chaga can also be made into a tincture (an alcohol extract).


Medicinal Uses:

Here are some specific uses that have been shown with Chaga:

  • Normalizes immune function – it can stimulate or slow it down
  • Neutralized the side effects of pharmaceuticals
  • Carries antioxidant properties
  • Revitalizing & Anti-aging
  • Excellent adaptogen – it helps deal with stresses of modern life including mental, physical, chemical and environmental
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-ulcer, anti-gastritis properties
  • Anticancer Potential – It decreases the side effects and supports standard cancer treatments of chemo-therapy and other aggressive medications. Chaga compensates the devastating effects of radiation and chemotherapy have on the immune system that cause nausea, insomnia, poor appetite and fatigue.
  • Prevents metastasis of cancer
  • Normalizes cholesterol levels
  • Benefits the cardiovascular system
  • Supports healthy blood pressure


There are no side effects or contraindications. But do not use with immune suppressing medicines that contain cyclosporin products used after an organ transplant because the immune modulating effect may neutralize the effects of the drugs taken.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


7 Ways to Avoid Cold, Flu and Cough

Have you been hit been hit by the cold, flu or respiratory illness this season? It is wise to boost your immune system and here’s how.

Tips for winter stronger immunity:

1. Take plenty Vitamin D.

While some people will be fine with just 2000 IU per day, you may need even more, depending on your health status. That is why many health professionals recommend between 5000 and even up to 10,000 IU. It is important to note that with vitamin D3 works in synergy with vitamin K2 so take these together. My favorite supplements for this are Designs for Health Omega Avail Ultra, Elmusi D3 Synergy, Vitamin D Supreme and Vitamin D Complex plus Blue Ice cod liver oil.



2. Supplement with Probiotics.

Probiotics and fermented foods are one of the best things to build immunity. Studies showprobiotics about 80% of your immune system lies within you GI tract. That is why it is critical to have adequate beneficial bacteria present to fight off the harmful ones. My top picks for probiotics are Biokult, Probiophage, Probiotic Synergy and PrescriptAssist. We have all of these brands available at the shoppe. Also, remember to eat plenty of cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and other fermented veggies. Come and check our selection of these items in the refrigerated section of our store.


3. Drink Chaga Mushroom Tea or Take the Tincture.

The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and has been used for centuries as folk

medicine in northern Europe and Russia. In laboratory studies, Chaga demonstrates anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune stimulating properties. At The Lamb Shoppe you will find free Chaga tea recipes and locally harvested chaga that is available for purchase.

chaga - arboreal mushrooms growing on birch trunk. officinal fungus.


4. Consume Elderberry.

Elder is a multipurpose herb and a very powerful medicine. It is available in the easy toelderberry tincture take tincture form, tea, syrup or other forms. The berries are especially known for their effectiveness when used at the first stages of cold, flu and upper respiratory congestion. Studies have shown that Elderberries can shorten the duration of these illnesses. Research also reveals that elderberries were valuable against the H1N1 virus as well as several other influenza viruses. Teas and tinctures available.


5. Astragalus.

Astragalus root stimulates the body’s natural production of interferon, enhances the production of immunoglobulin, stimulates macrophages and helps to activate T cells and NK cells. It increases the number of stem cells in the bone marrow and lymph tissue and helps them to develop into active immune cells. Many herbalists say it is much better and more balancing than Echinacea. The dried root is great to add to soups and stews, while the tincture is easy to take for acute conditions.


6. Use “Super Tonic”.

This old folk remedy has a rich history. It is also known by many other names: Cyclone Cider, Fire Cider, Dragon Water, etc. I call it “Good for What Ails You” Tonic. It contains horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. It is easy to make your own click on to the above link for the recipe.


7. Use Essential oils.

They can assist in preventing the dreaded viruses that cause colds. Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange and Thyme all deter the growth of viruses. Essential oils can be diffused to cleanse and purify the air and even lift your mood.


Seasonal Tips for Building Immunity

With all the viruses surrounding us these days, we need to understand, prepare and prevent illnesses for ourselves, our family and our friends.

The key is to boost our immune system so we can fight off what comes our way. Simply said, get as healthy as possible. Many chronic diseases can be helped by eating nutrient dense foods.

Here’s my list for some of the best ways to fight off infections and keep your body healthy:

1. Take Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil.

IMG_1294 (3) BThis brand or another high quality fish oil that provides adequate vitamin D with proper vitamin A ratios will jump start immunity. When supplementing with vitamin D, keep in mind that you also may need vitamin K2 in order to properly utilize the vitamin D.



2. Eat Fermented Foods.

Wild BrineThese foods include fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, or other cultured garden veggies. These are easy to make. If you are unfamiliar with the preparation, be sure to sign up for the upcoming class. Kefir, yogurt, kombucha, kvass are other beneficial fermented foods and beverages.

3. Take Additional Probiotics.

probioticsRemember, 80% of your immune system is found in your gut. So healthy gut flora is a must. The Lamb Shoppe carries new probiotic product by Designs for Health that contains prebiotics and bacteria phage which helps kill off the bad bacteria.




4. Use Immune Boosting Herbs as recommended by your healthcare provider.

It is wise to build an antiviral herbal toolkit. Among the best herbs to include are Elderberry, Astragalus, Turmeric and Chaga. Other great anti-viral herbs include Echinacea, Sage, St. John’s Wort, Thyme, Hyssop, Usnea and Rosemary.

5. Use Bone Broths Regularly.

Intestinal health and the immune system are so intertwined and one of the best ways to heal the gut is with homemade bone broth. Making bone broth is easy, it just takes a little planning and doing it up ahead so you have it when you need it. The most common types are chicken stock and beef stock. When I make bone broths, I always add extra dried herbs for that special boost such as astragalus root.

6. Drink Raw Milk or Use Whey Protein.

Whey protein can help you fight off colds and flu because it contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes. The Lamb Shoppe has some excellent whey products from the Designs for Health company.

Medicinal Herbs


Bulk Herb JarsEnjoy the many benefits of medicinal herbs with our extensive collection of dried bulk herbs. Our selection of bulk dried herbs and botanicals that come from the finest sources with exceptional color, taste and smell so the healing qualities are preserved. Whether you are looking for a single herb to brew a pot of tasty tea or you are putting together a made-to-order formula, we will be able to assist you in finding what you need.

In addition to single herbs, we also offer specially formulated loose leaf tea mixes such as our Vitamin Tea, Bone Building Tea, or our Super Immunity Tea.

Here is a listing of our medicinal herbs:

  • Alfalfa Leaf
  • Angelica Root
  • Agrimony
  • Anise Seed
  • Anise Star Pods
  • Arnica Flowers
  • Astragalus Root
  • Ashwaganda Root
  • Barberry Root
  • Bayberry Root Bark
  • Bee Pollen
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Billberry
  • Bladderwrack
  • Black Cohosh
  • Black Haw Bark
  • Blue Vervain
  • Boneset
  • Burdock Root
  • Butcher’s Broom Root
  • Butternut Bark
  • Calamus Root
  • Calendula Flowers Whole
  • Cascara Sagrada Bark
  • Cayenne Peppers, whole
  • Celandine
  • Chaga
  • Chamomile Flowers, Whole
  • Chickweed
  • Chicory Root, Roasted
  • Comfrey Leaf
  • Comfrey Root
  • Elder Berries
  • Elder Flowers
  • Fo-Ti Root
  • Gentain Root
  • Gingko Leaf
  • Hawthorn Berries, Whole
  • Hibiscus Flowers
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horsetail
  • Hydrangea Root
  • Hyssop
  • Icelandic Moss
  • Jasmine Flowers
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lemongrass
  • Licorice Root
  • Linden Leaf & Flower
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Meadowsweet Herb
  • Mistletoe
  • Mugwort
  • Mullein Leaf
  • Oats in Milky Stage
  • Oat Straw
  • Peach Leaf
  • Peppermint Leaf
  • Pipsissewa
  • Plantain
  • Pleurisy Root
  • Raspberry Leaf
  • Red Clover Blossoms
  • Red Root
  • Reishi Mushroom Slices
  • Rose Hips
  • Rose Petals
  • Sage Leaf
  • Sarsaparilla Root
  • Sassafras Root Bark
  • Senna Leaf
  • Skullcap
  • Slippery Elm
  • Solomon’s Seal
  • Spearmint
  • Sumac Berries
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Star Anise
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Thyme
  • Turkey Rhubarb
  • Turmeric Root
  • Usnea
  • Valerian Root
  • White Sage
  • Witch Hazel Bark
  • Yarrow Flowers