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Fizzy delicious homemade kombucha

If you’re one of those people who pays $4 for a bottle of kombucha at the store, then you know how awesome kombucha is!

If you’re the one going, “What in the world is kombucha?”, you’re not alone! Let me explain:

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that originated in Russia. It has been consumed for both its taste and especially its health benefits for thousands of years in many countries. This probiotic drink is simple to make and provides a multitude of health benefits, including:

*Probiotics – healthy bacteria
*Alkalize the body – balances internal pH
*Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
*Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
*Improve digestion – keep your system moving
*Rebuild connective tissue – helps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
*Cancer prevention
*Alleviate constipation
*Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
*Reduce blood pressure
*Relieve headaches & migraines
*Reduce kidney stones
*High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
*High in polyphenols
*Improve eyesight
*Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
*Prevent artheriosclerosis
*Speed healing of ulcers – kills h.pylori on contact
*Help clear up candida & yeast infections
*Aid healthy cell regeneration
*Reduce gray hair
*Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating

(Benefits listed from KombuchaKamp, one of the best websites for Kombucha info: http://www.kombuchakamp.com/health-benefits-of-kombucha)

It’s most commonly-known benefit is that of a liver detoxifier. We have so many toxins in our world that we can’t control, and some that we can control like the food we eat and the medicines we take. This drink helps the liver move those toxins out when its overloaded with too many to expel on its own. In fact, some people that we have given it to immediately experience detoxifying symptoms like frequent bowel movements! (But don’t worry–it’s nothing like prunes and it’s well worth it!)

But one of my favorite benefits is that it contains lots of probiotics, essential for good gut health. And if you’ve been on my Facebook page for a while, you know how important good gut health is to our overall health! (For more information on probiotics and why they’re important, read my article Probiotics 101.)

One of the best things you can do for your health is include probiotics and get rid of toxins. And you don’t have to shell out $4 for a 16-ounce bottle to get it! Making it homemade costs only about 75 cents a bottle!

To make kombucha, you basically make a large batch of tea (with sugar, which gets consumed by the yeast during the fermentation process so it’s not a sugary drink when it’s finished), add a kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria & Yeast–aka the mother “mushroom”–although it’s not a mushroom at all) and some pre-made kombucha tea, let it ferment for at least a week, and the first stage is done.

Ironically, this medicinal drink is the only reason we even own a bag of sugar.  As Sally Fallon says,

It seems surprising, even ironic, to conclude a health food cookbook, in which we have warned against sugar, yeasted foods and tea, with a tonic made from sugar, yeast and tea! But the kombucha “mushroom” acts on sugar and tea to produce not only acetic and lactic acid but also small amounts of a potent detoxifying substance, glucuronic acid.

 

The sugar plays an important role in this process:

Throughout the fermentation the yeasts break down sugar into glucose and fructose. Glucose is used by the yeasts to yield ethanol and carbon dioxide. (http://happyherbalist.com/analysis_of_kt_cornell.htm)

 

Without the sugar, the process of converting the tea to contain helpful acids, and also the carbon dioxide that gives it the yummy fizzy taste, would not be possible.

You can drink it as is or do a second fermentation to add flavor and carbonation, making it a delicious and healthy soda! (This is our family’s “soda.”) To do this, you can add fruit juice, pieces of fruit, or other options; bottle it; and set it aside for an additional two days. You will then have a fizzy, delicious kombucha tea like the ones in the store.

Our razzleberry-flavored kombucha soda

With each batch you make, you get a “baby” Scoby which you can use to make more batches or give to a friend. To get started, you just need a SCOBY and 1/2 cup of pre-made kombucha tea.

You can order this through me and I will ship you a SCOBY and the pre-made kombucha tea that you need to get started for $15. Most places charge $13 minimum plus shipping for DEHYDRATED Scobys and $35 for organic hydrated Scobys like mine! These Scobys are alive and well; they do not need to be re-hydrated and are made with all organic teas and organic sugar. Each order also comes with 3 pages of instructions and information.

Kombucha scoby culture

Simply order by going to our store and adding the kombucha starter kit to your cart and make sure your mailing address with Paypal is correct. Every order allows you 24-7 email assistance with kombucha making questions as well!

Click here to order.

Each order includes one live, organic kombucha SCOBY with 1/2 cup organic kombucha tea, enough to make one gallon of kombucha tea, and instructions–$15 (includes shipping; only for orders in the contiguous US and APO addresses. For international orders, please contact me for shipping rates.).

Please note the outside temperature before ordering. During summer, kombucha scoby’s should only be ordered when the temperatures are no more than in the upper 80’s. These are live, fully-hydrated scoby’s and may not work properly if they are shipped during higher temperatures (keep in mind that the temperature in mail vehicles may be higher than the outside temp). Mailboxes can get especially hot, so be sure to take the box containing the scoby out of your mailbox as soon as it arrives. Because of these factors, kombucha scobys shipped during warmer months cannot be guaranteed.

**Before placing your order, please make sure your Paypal or cart checkout mailing address is your current mailing address. Refunds cannot be given for kombucha scobys sent to the wrong address as I purchase shipping online automatically after receiving orders.

Email me at sjpoff@healthyfamiliesforgod.com with any questions!

Comments & Responses

21 Responses so far.

  1. […] If you want to start making kombucha in your home, you can purchase a starter kit from Sara over at Healthy Families For God.   […]

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  3. Sara says:

    I have heard some reviews on kombucha saying that if you make your own it can become “contaminated”. This has made me curious as to what that would mean, or if that’s just a “scare tactic” used to keep you buying the store bought kombucha rather than make your own.

    Also, I’ve read conflicting information that people struggling with candida shouldn’t drink this, and yet others claim it can help with candida. I’m currently having to purchase very expensive probiotics to help with my candida, and was looking into making my own kombucha as a supplement so I won’t have to buy as many probiotics, so that is why I’m asking. Thanks.

  4. Erin says:

    Does the gallon container need to be glass? I find it extremely hard to find gallon sized glass containers. I just ordered the starter kit and cannot wait to get started.

    • sjpoff says:

      Yes, the container needs to be glass because the kombucha tends to absorb toxins from plastic and other materials. You can ask around at local bars for their empty pickle jars; you can also go to a warehouse-type grocery store and buy a gallon of pickles. Large glass bowls would work also. Keep me posted on your kombucha adventures!!
      ~Sara

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  6. […] is made from tea, sugar, a scoby and a starter from a previous batch (you will need a starter kit to start brewing kombucha). […]

  7. Christina says:

    Does it need to be made with black tea, or will any tea work? DH is concerned about caffeine in the final product (he’s to minimize caffeine intake for his kidneys).
    Thanks!

  8. nikki says:

    how would i know if i got a reaction? i am nursing.

    • sjpoff says:

      Nikki–Reactions from detoxifying include headache, stomach ache, fatigue, rash, etc. Those would indicate that the body is very toxic and a very slow, gradual detoxification would be necessary, except when nursing which is when detoxification should not be done since breastmilk is one of the body’s detox pathways. If you get a reaction from kombucha, I would recommend reverting to other probiotic choices until you are finished nursing 🙂

      Blessings!
      ~Sara

  9. Christen says:

    Is Kombucha safe to drink while pregnant or breastfeeding?

    • sjpoff says:

      Hi Christen! While I can’t legally advise on the safety of any food, drink, or supplement, I would like to offer that I personally feel it is safe for me to drink during both which is why I do! I did a lot of research on this before I started and did not see anything that would indicate any potential complications or effects of drinking it while breastfeeding or pregnant except benefits. Since it detoxifies, I would personally prefer to start it during pregnancy so that some of the detoxifying is done before breastfeeding, because breastmilk is one detox pathway. Of course, I recommend that everyone who starts drinking kombucha starts out slow–just an ounce or two at first, to make sure that there is no reaction. A reaction would indicate a very toxic liver and it would be best for those people to start out drinking beet kvass or kefir first.

  10. Nora says:

    If I was to order this, do you also send instructions? LIke what kind of tea and so forth.

  11. I am curious if you say not to eat organic sugar why is this product any different from it..If I do the 40 day challenge would taking this product break it?

    • sjpoff says:

      Tiffiny–You are soooo right on! That was the one thing stopping me from making kombucha, until I learned that the sugar is consumed during the fermentation process. It is the only reason we have sugar in our home! Without sugar, the tea would simply mold and not ferment. The benefits come from a fermentation process, hence the need for sugar:-) So I would definitely have to say yes, it is approved for any of the challenges I promote, including the no-refined-sugar Challenge! Thank you so much for your comment!

  12. Melissa says:

    Wow! I can’t wait to try it! What a blessing you are giving them away for practically the cost of shipping! Thank you! 🙂

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