For my last post in the Christmas Beauty series I chose to write about Kombucha.
I believe that health and beauty starts in the digestive tract. In order to keep our skin clear, and bodies strong. We must fuel it with the proper foods. Kombucha is a wonderful addition to your kitchen. It is lovely to drink during the Christmas season, especially with some warm ginger to add for a festive kick. To start off you will need a scoby, which you can buy online, or perhaps you have a friend that makes kombucha.
What you will need
- 1 Kombucha scoby
- 2 quarts of water (spring or filtered water; nothing with chlorine in it)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 organic black tea bags
- 1 organic green tea bag
- 1 pot
Begin by bringing your water to a rolling boil. Add the sugar in and bring to boil again. Turn off heat, and add the tea bags. Remove from burner.
Let steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let cool for 45 to 50 min until cool to the touch.
Place your scoby in the bottom of a glass jar, and add the cooled tea and 1/2 cup of already prepared kombucha.
Let the tea and scoby steep for 7-14 days. When the mixture has lost most of its sugary sweetness and has gained a fermented, almost vinegar like kick, it is ready to drink.
Pour your kombucha out of the jar and store in fridge. What do you do with the scoby? Well if you do not want to make another batch right away, store it in a small glass jar with some kombucha over it, until you are ready to start all over again.
The Second Ferment (With Ginger)
What you will need!
- 1 Tbs fresh ginger
- 1 quart of fresh kombucha
- a glass mason Jar
Combine the ginger, and kombucha in your mason jar and cover with a breathable lid. Let this mixture sit for 1-2 days to bring out the flavor of the ginger and the natural carbonation of the kombucha.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
Below I have linked some more information about Kombucha making and all of its benefits.
Where to buy a scoby? Check out Cultures for Health.
More info on the health benefits of Kombucha? Read this article by Dr. Axe on the Seven Reasons to Drink Kombucha Everyday.
Have a Very Merry Christmas