Traditionally, kombucha’s main health benefit has been understood to be detoxification, helping the body–particularly the liver–rid itself of undesirable digestive byproducts, while simultaneously boosting immune-system function. – Hoochie ‘Boochie’
Some folks say the benefits of kombucha are a bunch of hooey and, most recently, this brew was steeped in controversy. But according to the “fermenters bible,” Nourishing Traditions, Kombucha has quite a few important health benefits.
“The kombucha “mushroom” (which is actually a symbiotic colony of yeast and bacteria) acts on sugar and tea to produce not only acetic and lactic acid but also small amounts of a potent detoxifying substance, glucuronic acid … additional glucuronic acid taken in the form of kombucha is said to be a powerful aid to the body’s natural cleansing process, a boost to the immune system and a proven prophylactic against cancer and other degenerative disease.”
Brew Your Own
Regardless, kombucha is a refreshing drink if you like the fizzies, and is much better tasting than soda and a lot better for you. If you are addicted to the “booch” and plopping down over three bucks a bottle, you can easily make your own for mere pennies.
Of course, you might get some weird stares from folks who encounter glass jars filled with brown slimy scoobies thinking you’ve partaken in some mad science experiment. The wiggly jiggly things are just the more reason to have fun and make this bubbly brew.
I really really like my ‘booch’ with the lemon verbena syrup added (How to Flavored Kombucha of “Double Fermented Method”) better than any store bought soda. Actually, I think I’m addicted (shush, don’t tell the Bureau of Kombucha Enforcement Agency! I may get raided!) Downing a glass on a hot day after working in the garden really hits the spot.
I’ve been brewing on and off for years (yes, I’ve even admit to killing my fair share of ‘mothers), but come summer is when kombucha brewing gets kicked up a few notches. I’d like to try a few more herbal n’ fruit flavors. Perhaps pineapple sage, anise hyssop, elderberry, sweet grapefruit?
Not only is kombucha a beneficial drink that relieves stress here are a few other useful uses:
This one’s my favorite: first aid remedy for temporary skin or “living band aid”
Jordanne likes to use the kombucha as a facial toner as it helps balances the skins ph. When I find myself getting “coon eyes” I like to dab a bit of the brew on my cheeks, seems to help give tired eyes a boost.
Remember, the scooby is just another “living” thing and just like a sourdough starter, plants or your chickens – you got to feed and take care of it! Happy brewing!
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