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Kombucha Tea – health benefits and how to make it


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
Muslin square
Rubber band

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!

Author: EmmaNutrition

Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a natural health expert with a passion for simplifying the science. Emma works with post natal mums, weekend runners and those with digestive issues to find the source of their health issues and rediscover their health mojo.

2 thoughts on “Kombucha Tea – health benefits and how to make it

  1. Great video Emma! Scoby makes me think of Scooby Doo (if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids…) So many health benefits! Will be trying it for sure – especially round winter time with all those germs going round. Thanks for sharing! Fleeps xxx

    • Thank you Fleeps! The Scooby-doo (!) can be kept in a little water or Kombucha when not being used too. Best in the fridge or outside in the cold weather as it can lay dormant and not need food (sugar). Try it though, its great stuff x

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