Kombucha Kontroversary

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?

Getting Started

Make your own scoby or “starter” or buy starter culture kit from Cultures for Health

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!

:: Resources ::

How to Make Your Own Kombucha

Kombucha History, Health and How To

Instructables: Kombucha


  1. 1916home.net says:

    Great article. I have made and used kombucha many times in my life. Its one of the “tools” in my arsenal of natural medicine that I use. I have never used it exclusively, thinking that everything in moderation seems to work the best for me. Its definitely in my rotation of keeping my body in balance. Thanks for the post!

    • Anais says:

      @1916home.net: Sure, I just luv making drinking the stuff 🙂

  2. Jeni says:

    I tried this for the first time a few months ago and I have to admit I was a bit on the fence of weither it would be good or not….Can I just say how amazing it is!!! I can not wait to make my own!!! yum yum in my tum!!!

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni: Yum indeed!

  3. Ms Marti says:

    Funny, how people have no problem going to the fast food place and getting a burger on a bun and fries, when the buns are been proven to be made of plaster, meat full of GMO and MSG etc etc etc….and the fries are made with embalming fluid. We frown at things like Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar that has that brown oooweie gooie on the bottom as well. Good health to you.
    Keep up the kombucha.

    Be blessed.

    • Anais says:

      @Ms Marti: I know, weird ain’t it! People go “eeeeew” at the wrongest things 🙂 Good health and blessings to you too!

  4. Amber says:

    Myself and my husband are totally addicted to Kombucha. I first started making it for myself after trying a bottled brand. Then my husband tried the bottled brand and loved it so it went from making it in quart jars to half gallon jars. Now it seem like I am brewing up tea for a new batch all the time.

    • Anais says:

      @Amber: Great story!

  5. elaine nieves says:

    Very interesting and informative. I never really knew what kombucha was. Now I do and it’s really facinating. Enough so that I may try brewing it (kind of like an experiment). Keep up all the great information that you put out there.

    • Anais says:

      @elaine nieves: Really is fascinating. 🙂

  6. Amanda says:

    Was just wondering does kombucha have any alcohol contient? My husband is a recovering alcoholic and I was wondering if this would be something safe for him to drink.

  7. dancingfatcaat says:

    Just curious, can you refrigerate it after it’s done cooking/fermenting? And, how do you store the extra mother when you’ve made a bunch of batches? Can you dry it or what?
    If you can start it from a dried piece I think it would be a great gift idea, like sourdough starter or kiefer grains 😀


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