Kombucha tea is a probiotic drink that is made just as tea is made, then steeped in its own little bacterial powerhouse to give it literally life-giving properties. Bacteria is live after all… Tea is mixed with sugar and then left to sit in what is known as a Scoby, or simply a mushroom. This Scoby is the key to what gives tea Kombucha tea its health benefits. It even grows and can sprout little ‘daughters’ that can be used to make more tea, or discarded with vegetable waste – especially good in compost.
Health benefits of Kombucha Tea
As a probiotic drink the bacteria forms the basis of the lining on the intestines that helps to protect it and prevents too large food particles from reaching the bloodstream directly through the gut wall. It can therefore form part of a multi-pronged strategy to prevent and treat food intolerances and allergies.
Many people also say that Kombucha tea helps their reflux, to lose weight, provides energy, increases immunity, decreases the symptoms of IBS and other digestive problems.
How to make Kombucha tea
Scoby x 1(mine comes from an eBay seller)
English breakfast tea x 1L
Brown sugar x 2 tbsp
2 x glass or ceramic jars
1 x plastic spoon
Make tea with boiling water. Add sugar to tea. Leave for 30 mins at least to cool. Add the tea to the Scoby and cover with a muslin cloth and rubber band. DO NOT add the tea to the Scoby until it is cool as the heat will damage the bacteria.
If you’d like to see how to make it click on the video above.
Have you tried Kombucha tea? What did you think of it? Would you like to try it? Let me know your thoughts!