My friend Robin stopped by on her way through town a couple days ago and gave me a kombucha SCOBY. Very exciting! I love kombucha tea, but it costs two dollars or more per sixteen-ounce bottle. Kombucha starters, which can be purchased online, are also pricey.
“What in the world is kombucha?” you ask. “And, SCOBY – what’s that?”
Kombucha, according to foodrenegade.com, is an “effervescent and tangy health drink made from fermenting sweetened tea.” Kombucha cultures.com calls it a “fermented yeast enzyme tea.” Although kombucha is known worldwide, no one knows for sure its origination. Some believe the Chinese began fermenting the tea a couple centuries before Christ and that it was popularized by a Korean physician named Kombu several hundred years later. No matter where the tea started, it’s been consumed throughout Asia for centuries and recently gained popularity in the western world.
SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Sounds weird, huh? But that “symbiotic colony” is purported to provide enzymes, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and other substances that are good for our health. I read a Mayo Clinic article that indicated no studies have been performed to prove the medicinal value of the tea; however, many cultures believe kombucha has healing powers.
An article on Anahata Balance.com, a site that specializes in kombucha tea, indicates they’ve had great reports from people with “difficult long-term illnesses such as arthritis, digestive disorders, high blood pressure, poor circulation, high cholesterol and cancer, and from older people, many of whom doctors have been unable to help.” The tea is also considered by some to be a liver detoxifier and an immune enhancer.
Additional benefits of kombucha tea may include weight loss, better sleep, more energy, improved overall health, calmer nervous system, better complexion, thicker hair, and accelerated healing time for colds, nasal congestion, headaches, heat rashes and asthmatic symptoms. Many more benefits are listed at http://www.kombuchakamp.com/health-benefits-of-kombucha as well as other sites.
I’ll let you know how our brewing goes and any health changes we experience. And I’ll be happy to share SCOBY “babies” with those who live nearby. Be sure to check out the below links and other sites to learn more about this tasty, tangy, health-promoting tea. Happy sipping! Becky