Kombucha Anybody?

Rasberry Cherry Kombucha

Kombucha has been around for centuries.  The Ancient Chinese called it “The Immortal Health Elixir.”  For those in the ancient world immortality was highly sought after, so that is no lofty label.  They literally felt that the benefits of drinking Kombucha lengthened their life.   Though, it never proved itself in the department of immortality, it has long proven itself to provide health benefits.  Kombucha has been around for more than 2,000 years and has a long list of health benefits such as preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.  So what is it, exactly?

Well, according to Synergy, a leading manufacturer…

Kombucha is alternately known as a Chinese tea, a plant, or a mushroom. But it’s not really any of these. It’s a living culture of beneficial microorganisms, and in Kombucha’s case, the whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts! Our Kombucha is delicately cultured – some liken it to fermentation – for 30 days. During this period, essential nutrients form like active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality. Kombucha has been used for hundreds of years throughout the world as a daily health tonic. The culture resembles a light brown, tough, gelatinous disk—and because it’s a living, growing entity, it can regenerate and create new cultures with every batch. In fact, GT’s Kombucha and Synergy are made from Kombucha cultures that are descendants of the original culture GT grew to create his first bottles.

To put it in even simpler terms, it is a healthy drink that helps to keep our gut flora in balance.  Not only does it have all of the probiotics to help feed healthy bacteria, it has the prebiotics to help grow the healthy bacteria. Those who have regularly partaken of this holy sustenance have found that Kombucha:

  • 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
  • Relieves seasonal allergies (totally took mine away)

Contrary to some beliefs, Kombucha is not all that difficult to brew.  You will need a few items:  A glass gallon jar (I bought a gallon of pickles and gave the pickles away.), organic sugar, purified water, black tea, flavored tea if you like, quart jars, and some wooden spoons to stir.   That’s it!  The gist of it is place 1 cup of purified water in a quart jar, heat for 12 minutes (place a stick in jar to break surface tension-very important!), remove very carefully and add 1 cup of organic sugar, stir until it dissolves, then add 12 tea bags.  Leave the tea bags steep until cool, then pour into the gallon jar.  Add purified water till approximately two inches from the top, then place the SCOBY in the jar.  Cover, place in dark cabinet, and give it a couple of weeks to ferment.  WaLa, you’re ready to drink in the benefits!  Ok, so maybe it’s a little more complicated than that, like make sure make sure make sure that you have washed your hands and all things coming into contact with your kombucha.  You want to grow healthy bacteria, not unhealthy bacteria.  🙂  Also, there are many things you can do to change it up.  My favorite is to use 6 black teabags, and six red raspberry teabags.  Then, I add organic, no sugar added cherry juice after the first brew, and let it brew again!  Once you become comfortable with the process of brewing, you too can begin to experiment, and you will find those favorites that you will brew over and over again.  For a true Kombucha brewing expert, refer to http://www.kombuchakamp.com/

2 thoughts on “Kombucha Anybody?

  1. I’ve tasted the Kombucha (so that’s how you spell that word) and actually is pretty good! Think cross between say beer, slightly fermented, and soda with the carbonated taste. Now to figure out how to do it and find a recipe or three that I like…

    • Thank you Chris for visiting! My favorite recipe by far is the above mentioned recipe; made with raspberry tea, black tea, and double brewed with organic cherry juice. Delicious!

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