Kombucha tea it’s sometimes referred to as Mushroom tea, although there are no mushrooms in it. It’s a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. It is believed to have originated from Northern China and then spread throughout Russia, Germany, and Europe. According to Wikipedia, the Chinese Qin Dynasty referred to Kombucha as the “Godly Tsche [i.e., tea] believing it was “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever.”
Well, modern experts no longer believe that Kombucha Tea will allow you to live forever. However there are many nutritionists who suggest the this tea promotes a multitude of health benefits when properly prepared. The experts of Kombucha Kamp, for example, assert that Kombucha Tea does not cure anything, yet the tea helps keep the body balanced and healthy and prevents various ailments and diseases. The tea is associated with the following:
Alkalizes the body
Detoxifies the liver
To learn the full list of benefits of Kombucha Tea, check out Kombucha Kamp’s list and description.
Kombucha Tea can be purchased at many health food stores, but the cost runs $3-5 per bottle. We found a very informative brewer of the tea – TheKitchn.com – who explains how you can make it yourself and they give detailed directions and photos.
The important part that you must keep in mind is that you must start with a quality “scoby” (an acronym for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.) and make sure your brewing conditions prevent any contamination. Be warned, Kombucha Tea has a unique flavor that many find delicious, while others find hard to tolerate. If you’re a lover of this tea though, you will enjoy making your own and you’ll save yourself lots of money in the process.
If you have trouble locating a scoby at your local health food store, you can start with this one: