Kombucha made from home is a great source of probiotics. What are probiotics? They are beneficial bacteria. Having a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut is important for a number of functions – including the health of your gut, immune function and of course your skin.
So how is Kombucha made? Kombucha is made by the fermentation of sugar, through what is known as the scoby. A scoby is a formation of yeast and bacteria that looks almost like a pinkish mushroom top. Normally kombucha is made using a black tea base. However, you can actually brew whatever kind of herbs you like to make your herbal kombucha with. The fermenting part is the sugar you add, which is essentially what the scoby ‘eats’ and turns the tea water into a fizzy, delicious and healthy drink.
It is important to remember that because kombucha does contain live probiotics, only a small amount should be consumed every day (around 1/4 cup).
The herbs chosen for this recipe are a blend I have been using for quite some time for healthy, clear and glowing skin. Hibiscus is full of antioxidants, helping to clear free radicals that can cause age related damage and wrinkling of the skin. Calendula has been found to be very healing to the skin, and also for your gut wall if there is any inflammation. Red clover flowers have a particular affinity for skin health, promoting the proper flow of lymph and blood, which helps to clear toxins. Ground cinnamon quills support blood sugar regulation. They also add a beautiful warming autumnal flavour to the kombucha!
Herbal Kombucha Ingredients:
1 x scoby (source from a friend or your local health food shop may have a kombucha kit)
1 cup of raw/ white sugar
Herbal tea blend for healthy skin:
- 1 tbsp hibiscus
- 1 tbsp calendula flowers
- 1 tbsp red clover flowers
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon quills
750 ml boiled water
2 x jars ( around 1 litre each)
How to Make Herbal Kombucha:
1. Ensure jars are cleaned / sterilised before beginning (run through the dishwasher )
2. Make the tea by combining all the herbs and pouring hot water into your first jar.
3. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow the herbs to steep until the water cools to room temperature.
4. Strain liquid and put your herbs in the compost.
5. Add to the fresh jar. Carefully pop in the scoby
6. Place a sheet of paper towel over the lid of the jar and secure with elastic to ensure no dust/ contaminants get into the Kombucha
7. Place on the kitchen bench and sit for 7 – 10 days to allow fermentation (or to taste). The longer the kombucha sits, the more vinegary it will taste.
8. When it’s ready, remove the scoby (place in its own small jar of water until you use it again) and strain the kombucha if desired to remove any sediment in the bottom. Pour kombucha into a bottle with a tight lid (repurpose a glass jar)
Store in the fridge. Enjoy a small amount each day.
Have you ever made your own kombucha? Do you have any secret kombucha recipes for a healthy gut and skin? Feel free to drop us a line below.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you decide to make your own Kombucha be sure to tag @mermaidjulisa and @sarahj.paterson on instagram.
Final semester Student Naturopath (BHSc)
Owner of Lavender & Co. Botanicals – wellness and creative studio