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
*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
*Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
*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.
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.
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!
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.