April 12, 2019
British Columbia’s history is rich with traditional flavours that have lasted through the
ages. Some of the traditional herbal remedies that First Nations have used for hundreds
of years are starting to gain a following for their healing properties.
One example is Chaga. Chaga Tea is a tea made of a unique Northern Mushroom and
has been used by many cultures all around the world for centuries and used for
prevention and cures for many types of diseases. It has the highest anti-oxidant
property of any food recorded, and is regarded as one of the most potent medicinal
mushrooms in the world.
Chaga in BC. The Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en of Northern BC have been harvesting
Chaga under traditional names for hundreds of years.
Ginseng Tea is another traditional healing herb that is grown here in BC. Ginseng has
been grown in BC since before 1960. The heat of the Fraser Canyon near Lytton and the
dry interior areas near Kamloops and Vernon have made BC a big producer and exporter
Ginseng in Canada. Ginseng was widely used by First Nations across the country as a
traditional medicine – the wild variant is still growing in Ontario and Quebec. When
stepped into herbal tea, ginseng has been a component of traditional Chinese
medicine for over 3000 years.
Check out these teas in local coffee shops, tearooms and at your local grocery store.