Why Use Estonian Chaga?
Estonia represents fresh air, clean water and pure food.
So Why Should You Consider Using Estonian Chaga?
1. Chaga is chaga.
The chemical composition and nutritional values of chaga are almost identical around the world. Chaga is basically chaga. Raw Estonian chaga is essentially the same as raw chaga from Siberia/Russia, Alaska, China or Nordic countries.
2. Excellent quality. Sustainably harvested.
What is important when you choose a source of chaga is the air and soil quality. Chaga "breathes". Good air = good chaga. Estonia has the some of the cleanest air in the world according to WHO.
But make sure the people you buy from don't remove every chaga they see. It's important to sustainably harvest it carefully so as not to damage the birch tree host. Some should be left behind to let it grow again so it can be harvested in the future. It's important to recognise that chaga is a precious resource and "taking all you can" is unsustainable. Sadly, we have heard reports (outside Estonia) of trees being cut down just to get the chaga or even guns being used to shoot it down when it's hard to reach.
3. Low prices.
Estonia can offer you low prices for excellent raw chaga products. Compare Estonian prices (per kilo) with other country's sellers and you will see what we mean.
4. Quick and easy delivery within Europe
As Estonia is part of Europe, delivery times and prices are less than buying raw chaga from Russia, USA, Canada or countries outside the EU.
5. Chaga Quality Matters
Rumours exist that some big suppliers, especially in Asia, mess with their chaga. It has been claimed that chaga has been soaked in ponds to add weight (bacteria risk and cheating on price!) or that ground chaga/chaga powder has been mixed with dirt, starch or other fillers to increase the weight (by adding lower cost ingredients)... and potentially make it unhealthy.
We recommend you only use pure, wild, certified organic chaga, that comes with a 100% guarantee.
Like to know about Estonia? Read on...
Estonia is small, with only 1.3 million inhabitants (the capital Tallinn has only 400,000) and a population of 30 people per square kilometre. We are never going to compete with Russia, USA, Canada and China for "chaga volume" but we believe certified organic chaga is rather special in its own way. :)
TRADITIONAL FOLK MEDICINE
Chaga has been part of Estonia's folk medicine for thousands of years as it has been in Asia, North America, Siberia and parts of Eastern Europe. Both in Russia and Estonia, chaga has been recognised as a folk cancer treatment, and although there have not been any human clinical trials to prove this, some studies have shown very positive outcomes where chaga was used to repress lung cancer cells. It's only recently that western countries have learned about chaga, and we will be hearing more and more as time progresses. People want immunity boosts from natural sources and that is one of chaga's reported strengths.
Read about potential Chaga Health Benefits.
ESTONIANS RESPECT NATURE
A study found that 82% of Estonian residents regard nature as sacred or imbued with spirit, with 25% of them connecting that spirituality with God.* This respect extends to berries, mushrooms and chaga too. We sustainably harvest our chaga, making sure not to damage the tree and always leaving some so it can regrow.
*Weaver, Alicia A. (2002) Determinants of environmental attitudes. International Journal of Sociology, 32(1), 77-108.
CLEAN AIR, AMAZING FORESTS
The WHO has ranked Estonia's air as some of the cleanest air in the world, along with countries like Finland and Iceland. The fact that over half of Estonia's land area is covered by forest (52%), making it the 6th most forested nation in Europe, contributes to the pure air quality—one of the cleanest in the world, actually. Check our air quality in real time. Nature reserves make up about one fifth of Estonia's wilderness, ensuring preservation for the future.
In some countries, over-exploitation of forests, including over-harvesting of chaga, threatens biodiversity and the future of wild chaga harvesters. It's good to know that in Estonia, the state agency RMK cares for and reinvests in the forests. Estonia's wild nature and traditions continue to play an important part in feeding, nurturing and inspiring both locals and visitors alike. There is a mutual harmony between the everyday and the wild, ancient self.
Did you know?
The magic of Estonian nature was captured in a song by international recording artist and songwriter Kerli. In 2015, Kerli moved into the depths of Estonian forest to turn a new page in her way of living by embracing the wilderness and ancient beliefs of the land that has greatly influenced her artistic persona. Her album Feral Hearts was written while connecting with the plants, animals and spirits of her ancient home land. Kerli was seduced by the Sirens of The White River in Nõmmeveski, weaved the yarn of destiny with the Spider Goddess in Viru Bog, wandered into the plant kingdom with the Tree Spirit by Tädu Kuusk and chased her vision of the majestic White Stag in the woods of Viimsi.
We hope you enjoy her music, perhaps with a nice cup of organic chaga tea. :)