Kombucha tea has been used to promote good health for thousands of years in China. In fact, it was first written about in 221 BC., where it was called the “tea of immortality”. Historically, Kombucha tea has also been used in eastern Europe and Japan for many centuries. It has recently become popular in the west, mainly for its antioxidant and other health benefits.
What is Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha is a living drink that is fairly easy to make at home. It is made by fermenting black, oolong, green or white tea with the kombucha culture and sugar. It has a distinctive taste, something between grapefruit juice and apple cider, with a slightly vinegar taste.
The kombucha culture, or “scoby”, isa symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It is placed in a container with sugar and green or black tea. This mixture produces a range of healthy organic acids, vitamins, minerals and beneficial organisms. Altogether, the kombucha tea that is made through this process is extremely nutritious.
Kombucha Tea Creates its own Scoby
The first batch of kombucha is called the “mother”. This batch and every ensuing batch forms a new scoby on the top of the brew. These scobies can be used whole or divided to make more kombucha tea.
Scobies can be stored in the refrigerator. All you need to do is to place it in some green or black tea that has been sweetened with sugar.
One problem that people often have is that of too much scoby. It has a way of multiplying. If this happens, just try to pass it on to friends and neighbors. Like you, they can save a lot of money by making their own!
Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea
Kombucha is said to have many antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. It is also said to assist with liver function, help with digestion and digestive ailments, and to help with stress, metabolic problems, candida, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. The list is even longer than this. It is also significant that kombucha has been accepted as an important medicine in the East for many centuries.
A Good Kombucha Recipe
If you would like to make your own kombucha tea, this is an excellent recipe. Try it out!
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