SO WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha is a fermented, sweetened tea made using a live culture known as a SCOBY. What’s a SCOBY? It’s an acronym for a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. The culture resembles a rubbery mushroom-like disk that reproduces or develops on the top of each new brew.
Beauty in the modern era is so often portrayed through what we apply to our bodies and skin. There are an increasing number of beauty companies and natural skin care brands that are moving from the latest, trendy laboratory manufactured ingredients to natural, organic and probiotic products. The fermentation process which creates probiotic products helps to slow the aging process of the skin. To foster ageless beauty we need to make sure that everything that touches our skin is natural and free from nasty ingredients and organic.
Eating fermented foods has the ability to clarify and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Think about your beauty as an expression of your health, not just the result of applying products to your skin. Focus on what’s happening internally to glow externally.
Just pause a moment and let that sink in!
I’ve had reason to ponder the messiness of life at the moment and am learning to see it from a new vantage point. This happens periodically as a new perspective is presented to me. Over the years I have taken a journey that has shown me how opposites can be complementary. That the harmony and balance in my life changes with time as my perspective shifts and I now appreciate how interdependent these opposites are. I must have the chaos to feel the calm!
The start of a new year can offer opportunities and challenges. I’ve experienced both in these last few months which has led to having to work with changing dynamics with our SCOBY’s and ferments.
Well the New Year is well and truly underway but I’m still glowing from our recent family trip to the Northern Hemisphere winter. It was my first, and I loved the cold…..once I was dressed for it! It was a veritable adventure, discovering familiar and new ferments while catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Tibicos (water kefir) is so versatile that once it's fermented, it can be flavoured in so many ways by fermenting it a second time without the culture!
We underestimate the impact that our micobiome has on our lives. We are so outnumbered by the microbial DNA in and on our bodies, compared to our cellular DNA but we, generally speaking, don’t respect the positive relationship they largely bring to our lives! Proportionally speaking, the bad bacteria are a small proportion of the mix I refer to. We need to incorporate and rebuild this diverse ecosystem of microbes in us and on us!
We’ve previously discussed how other ferments do this but have yet to introduce water kefir, so here she is in all her beauty and ferocity.
When I first saw milk kefir grain I was so underwhelmed by the tiny squishy thing in a bag that I had to add to a small jar of milk. It really was tiny ... like ¼ of a teaspoon but whoa ..... my thoughts have changed as these tiny grains have grown and grown and grown not only literally but in my opinion of them!
So what is Kombucha?
Kombucha is an ancient fermented beverage that has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years, to the point where you can now find it in cafes and supermarkets rather than just health food or organic stores. Due to its long history, it has been known by many names such as the Immortal Health Elixir, Elixir of Youth, Manchurian tea, Tea Kvass, Mushroom tea and Booch.