Updated: Aug 18
I have been making kombucha for several decades. Along with a lot of research along the way, I have also developed some techniques of my own that I am happy to share with you.
What is kombucha?
Simply put, kombucha is an all-natural, healthy beverage.
There are many stories about the origin of kombucha. The most popular story stretches back 2000 years to China and has been the subject of hundreds of studies over the last century. In countries around the world — including Russia, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Ireland as well as the United States — kombucha tea and cultures are used in medical treatments and beauty products.
What are the health benefits of kombucha?
People are usually very loyal to their daily kombucha consumption, and consider the drink healthy for a number of reasons. Kombucha:
contains living bacteria and yeast
can substitute for sugary sodas or coffee
acts as a snack or pre-meal hunger control
alkalizes like vinegar or lemon juice, balancing internal pH levels
has compounds that may bond to and help excrete toxins from the liver
may speed metabolism
contains acids that may improve digestion or alleviate constipation
promotes improved flexibility and fluidity of movement
provides smooth energy from low levels of tea
may relieve headaches migraines
has antioxidants and polyphenols that are partially fermented and so more bioavailable
kills h.pylori on contact
has certain acids that are considered candida-cides
When starting to drink kombucha, begin slowly: maybe 4 ounces once a day, then twice a day, and build up as comfortable. Drink plenty of water as kombucha is a natural detoxifier and you want to flush out the newly released toxins.
Keep in mind that benefits vary from person to person. And kombucha is not a panacea — it doesn't cure anything. It may help the body bring itself back into balance naturally. That is possibly how it is able to do so much — it’s your body working with nutrition like any other food. Even though some think of it as a medicinal tonic, it’s really just a delicious and healthy beverage choice and one of many fermented food options. I love it because it’s easy to drink at any time of day and takes to flavoring and many other uses so well.
Can I make my own kombucha at home?
Absolutely! Making kombucha is fun and easy. You will find my illustrated instructions here. Cheers!
Where can I learn more?
You can find many recipes for making and using kombucha both online and in books. My favorite websites are:
My favorite book about kombucha and other fermented beverages is The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Crum.