A great drink for your gut health…Kombucha

 

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I’ve only recently started making this fabulous health drink – Kombucha. 

Kombucha has many health benefits.   It’s an ancient fermented tea beverage that is naturally carbonated and full of amazing probiotics and vitamins.  One of Kombucha’s main health benefits is its ability to detox the body, as it is rich in many enzymes and
bacterial acids that your body naturally produces or uses during a detox.

When Kombucha is regularly consumed it also has an anti-inflammatory effect, great for acne, fatigue, hypertension, arthritis and general good health.

 

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Kombucha is really easy to make at home as it’s basically made form organic black tea and sugar.

You can use white sugar – but obviously organic is best.    Try to keep things organic as obviously this is a health drink so try to keep things pure to best meet your body’s needs.

The only other thing you will need is what’s called a ‘scoby’.  A scoby (or mother) are used  as they have the ability to reproduce.    A scoby is symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. 
You can now purchase these scoby’s directly from me by emailing giftorourearth@gmail.com

The fermenting process usually takes between 7 – 10 days during which time a new culture will be created from the original scoby.   You can either leave this in your container or share it with a friend.

RECIPE

1 litre of filtered water
¼ cup organic sugar
2 tsp organic black tea
1 scoby (or mother culture)
And you need ½ cup of pre made Kombucha

METHOD

Add sugar to glass container.  Boil filtered water and add to sugar.  Add in 2 tsp organic black tea.     Allow to cool well as you don’t want to kill the new bacteria.    Strain to remove tea leaves (or you can use tea bags),   Now you add your scoby and ½ cup pre made Kombucha.   Cover the glass jar with a tea towel, paper towel, muslin cloth and allow to sit for 7-10 days.

Around the 7 day mark start testing it.  A great way to do this is to dip a straw into the drink & have a sip.  If it’s super sweet, then you know you need to leave it a bit longer, as the aim of the game is for it not to be over sweet as we need the bacteria to eat up the sugar.   It should taste slightly vinegary. 

Now you need to take out the scoby, reserve ½ cup of liquid and pour your Kombucha into a glass bottle and refrigerate.   Then you just repeat the whole process.

For therapeutic use it’s recommended to drink about ½ cup a day.   But if you are new to this, or have sensitivities or gut issues it may be wise to start with less & build up.

There are many fabulous & exciting ways to use Kombucha.  You can combine it in your cooking, use it for soaking & fermenting grains, wash your hair with it, make it into salad dressing. 

 

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Have fun experimenting with your Kombucha and share with me some of your recipes.

Angela XX