With the current rise in awareness, steps to becoming more healthy are making their way to mainstream outlets. Kombucha is a living health drink that has been used for thousands of years to help stimulate the metabolism and maintain a healthy immune system. The first recorded use of Kombucha was in 221 B.C. in Asia. They called it ‘the remedy of immortality’. Recently it has become even more well known for it’s ability to increase the effectiveness of natural detoxification.
The health benefits of Kombucha include:
- Boosts Energy
- Improves Digestion
- Strengthens at a Cellular level
- Prevents Acid Reflux
- Assists With Weight Loss
- Improves Sleep
- Relieves Constipation
- Strengthens and restores hair
- Beautifies the skin
- Improves Circulation
- Removes toxicity from the body
- Improves eyesight
- Eases the pain of arthritis
With it’s simple ingredient list and abundant health benefits, households around the world are brewing their own. All you need is tea, sugar, water, and a SCOBY [symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts].
1 cup sugar
4-6 tea bags
Kombucha culture [SCOBY]
1 cup starter liquid – from previous batch
purified water [if water contains chlorine boil before use]
fermenting glass vessel
cloth cover – NO CHEESECLOTH
– First make your sweet tea mixture. Steep your tea bags in 4 cups of water for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and stir to dissolve. Fill your glass vessel about 3/4 full of purified cold water. Once tea is body temperature or below add the SCOBY and starter liquid. It doesn’t matter where the SCOBY sits in the liquid – can be on top, bottom, sideways. Cover with cloth and secure with the rubber band. Set in warm location out of direct sunlight and away from aromatic or greasy food preparation.
– Do not disturb your Kombucha for 7 days. Be patient. After 7 days, gently insert a straw beneath the newly formed Kombucha SCOBY and take a sip. If your container has a spigot, drain off enough to taste. If too tart, then reduce your brewing cycle next time. If too sweet, allow to brew for a few more days.
– If flavoring your Kombucha, place your ingredients directly into your storage bottles. You can use frozen or fresh fruit, or add up to 10% fruit juice. Pour your Kombucha into jars with tight fitting lids for storage. You can then let your Kombucha frement a second time for optimal flavoring or put jars in the fridge and enjoy!