Kombucha Mushroom Culture - MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTH GIVING PROBIOTIC TEA
Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture or scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The Kombucha culture looks like a beige or white rubbery pancake and the result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use.
The culture is placed in sweetened black or green tea and turns a bowl full of sweet tea into a bowl full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and health-giving organic acids.
Self perpetuating the scoby will produce new baby Kombucha with every brew and will provide you and your family with a lifetime of tasty Kombucha brew.
The origins of Kombucha have become lost in the mists of time. It is thought to have originated in the Far East, probably China, and has been consumed there for at least two thousand years. The first recorded use of Kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as "The Tea of Immortality".
Some of the medicinal uses include:
However, keep in mind that Kombucha is not a panacea, and is not designed to cure any condition you may have. It's going to allow your body to be in balance and in sync with itself, and is great for helping increase your immune system naturally.
Another feature of Kombucha is that, biochemically speaking it is an adaptogen. This means that it's a substance which has no harmful effects but which works on a wide variety of conditions by normalising the metabolism of the body and bringing it back into balance. So, for example, if you have high blood pressure, an adaptogen substance will lower it, and if you have low blood pressure, it will raise it. Kombucha's adaptogen effect is seen mostly through its effect on the liver, the blood and the digestive system, where it normalises the acidity or pH.
The benefits that many people report:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1 large glass jar (the largest Moccona coffee jars are best), plastic sieve & a plastic or wooden spoon. No metal is to touch the Kombucha mushroom. To store the Kombucha tea after it's finished brewing I suggest a glass jar with a swing top lid widely available at Woolworths, Coles & Discount Stores.