Diatomaceous Earth Recipes

Coupled with lower blood pressure, this study done by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that DE may reduce blood cholesterol and positively influence lipid metabolism in people.

Some people are skeptical about eating diatomaceous earth for health benefits. It’s weird to think you can eat the same thing that you’re using to exterminate insects. But, isn’t that kind of a good thing? The pesticide you use in your garden, home, and yard is so safe you can eat it. Now, before we delve further into our discussion here, we have to talk a little bit about the different grades of diatomaceous earth. If you’re new to diatomaceous earth, this next section is a must read because it’s an important distinction to make. For our veteran diatomaceous earth-ers, feel free to skip the next section.

Stop! In the Name of Pool Grade Diatomaceous Earth
If the label on you diatomaceous earth says pool grade and your intending to eat it, just stop right there. Spit it out and throw it away. Or put it in your pool filter because that is it’s only intended use. Pool grade diatomaceous earth has been superheated so the diatoms form into crystals. This process turns the silica into crystalline silica. This process is necessary to make diatomaceous earth a more efficient filter for pools but makes it a big NO if you want to ingest DE.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is the Good Stuff to Eat
The title says it all really, but here is a bit of explanation for the newbies. Mined straight out of the earth, unaltered DE contains a high amount of amorphous silica. This is what makes it the good stuff and about 85 percent of diatomaceous earth is silica. Food grade diatomaceous earth contains other trace minerals, with “trace” meaning that it contains a quantity of less than 1 percent. The wonderful thing about food grade DE is it contains less than 1 percent crystalline silica.

Danielle Baethge: Recipe Mastermind

We caught up with our good friend Danielle whose blog It’s a Love/Love Thing covers many topics like family, school, natural care, and homemade, natural recipes. She’s used diatomaceous earth for a few years as well and has even written a blog post about making Homemade Diatomaceous Earth Toothpaste. Here’s her DE story:
“I first found out about diatomaceous earth several years ago, when our house had a flea problem. Back then, DE was not easy to find and I don’t think I would have even thought to look for it on Amazon. I never did get a gold of any until about 2 years ago, when I started hearing about its interest detox properties.”
“The most remarkable effects I’ve noticed are increased energy and sugar cravings disappearing. I don’t know how to describe it; I just felt like my system was running cleaner and smoother. I also had an infection on my hand that would come every winter when my skin would get really dry. I started drinking kombucha and taking diatomaceous earth, and within a few days, this rash was gone. It was pretty amazing.”
One of the thing’s Danielle focuses on in her blog is nutrition and food preparation. She was kind enough to give us some alternative beverages for people to take their DE with. Have you ever had it with just water? It’s a bit gritty, which is fine, but it’s tasteless. Danielle’s recipes will enlighten the committed diatomaceous earth users and newbies alike, so take a look. You might even find new beverages you’ve never heard of.

DANIELLE’S 5 SIMPLE DRINK RECIPES FOR TAKING DIATOMACEOUS EARTH:

1. Coconut-Honey DE

 

Photo Credit: Danielle Baethge
If you’ve never heard of coconut water then you’re missing out. Not to be confused with coconut milk and oil, it’s the water found at the center of a coconut, and it’s harvested from young, green coconuts. Some people have referred to it as “Mother Nature’s Sports Drink”, and it has less calories, sodium, and contains more potassium than your run-of-the-mill sports drink. Read this article by WebMD about coconut water. When you’re out shopping for coconut water, read through the label and look for the most natural coconut water with no added sugars or juices.
Ingredients
6 oz coconut water
1 tsp honey
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions:
Purchase coconut water from your local grocery store. Heat up some honey and mix it into the water and add the DE. Make sure you mix it as often as you drink.

 

2. Kombuchalk

kombucha tea

Alternatively it’s known as the mushroom tea, even though it’s not made out of mushrooms, but because the bacteria and yeast in the tea float to the top and look like a mushroom. This doesn’t sound too appetizing, but it’s actually quite a popular drink and has recently gained in popularity in the United States. People have found that adding diatomaceous earth to their diet can help with better digestive help, more regular bowel movements, stronger teeth and gums, healthier hair and nails, and clearer skin.
Ingredients
1 cup of Kombucha Tea
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
If you feel brave, you can try and make your own Kombucha Tea, or you can head to your local grocery store and purchase it there. Then just add a teaspoon of diatomaceous earth and give it a shake.

 

3. Banana Berry Smoothie

strawberry banana smoothie

This is a classic way to enjoy diatomaceous earth, and you won’t even know it’s in there. This is just one example of a smoothie with simple ingredients almost everybody has in the kitchen. If the movie Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves taught us anything, it’s that bananas are loaded with potassium, (I know, I shouldn’t make references to outdated 90s movies), but bananas are recognized by the FDA for their ability to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Coupled with lower blood pressure, this study done by the University of Innsbruck in Austria found that DE may reduce blood cholesterol and positively influence lipid metabolism in people.
Ingredients
2 cups milk
1 Banana
Handful of assorted berries
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Add all the ingredients into a blender and mix together. Refrigerate any unused portions.

 

4. DE Juice

carrot juice

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% for what an average adult needs per day. They also provide vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. Read on MedicalNewsToday.com to learn about other possible benefits of adding carrots to your diet. With juicing, you do lose the pulp of the fruit and vegetables so you lose some fiber, so be sure you get fiber in some other way. If you have a juicer and kids who are picky eaters, this is a great solution. When you juice carrots, they have a sweet, mild flavor that’s easy for the whole family to enjoy.
Ingredients
6 medium to large carrots
½ Granny Smith apple
Small chunk of red beet
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Juice the carrots, apple, and beet together. Add 1 tsp of DE and enjoy!

 

5. Diatomaceous Coffee

coffee sized

If you’re too busy to take diatomaceous earth then simply add to your morning coffee. As you know, diatomaceous earth is loaded with silica, and we’re learning more about the exact correlation between silica and its potential health benefits. While this correlation is still being established, we know that bad things happen when the body is deficient in silica.

According to the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging when there is a deficiency in silica, it induces deformities in the skull and peripheral bones, joints are poorly formed, cartilage contents are reduced, and there is a disruption of mineral balance in the femur and vertebrae.
Ingredients
1 cup of coffee
1 tsp diatomaceous earth
Directions
Simply add DE to your cup of coffee in the morning!
If you decide to eat DE, it should be a part of a healthy diet, and a commitment to live healthier. Check out Danielle’s blog for even more recipes and remember to comment below to let us know how your thoughts and questions.

Thanks to source link : http://www.diatomaceousearth.com/blog/discover-diatomaceous-earth-health-benefits-through-our-top-5-recipes/

Healthy gut through natural probiotic foods – DIY

10 NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS

FOR A HEALTHY GUT

It’s a total mystery to me why gut health and probiotics did not become a “thing” until a few years ago. I mean, come on: 95% of serotonin—the neurotransmitter considered responsible for happiness and wellbeing—is produced in the gut, and what’s more, 80% of your immune system is located in the same place. Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said “all disease begins in the gut.” So why did it take Jamie Lee Curtis hawking yogurt for mainstream medicine to hop on the gut-health bandwagon?

Read more at http://hellonatural.co/get-a-healthy-gut-with-10-natural-probiotic-foods/#PJ9lB1PGrFR3IQ2j.99

It’s a total mystery to me why gut health and probiotics did not become a “thing” until a few years ago. I mean, come on: 95% of serotonin—the neurotransmitter considered responsible for happiness and wellbeing—is produced in the gut, and what’s more, 80% of your immune system is located in the same place. Hippocrates, considered the father of modern medicine, said “all disease begins in the gut.” So why did it take Jamie Lee Curtis hawking yogurt for mainstream medicine to hop on the gut-health bandwagon?

HOW TO ACHIEVE A HEALTHY GUT

yoghurt

10 Natural Probiotic Foods for a Healthy Gut The gut is populated by both “good” and “bad” bacteria, also known as gut flora. The idea is to raise the ratio of healthy to harmful bacteria. Certain foods can be used to promote gut health; likewise there are foods that inflame or otherwise irritate our guts. Adding probiotics to your diet, in the form of cultured foods and/or supplements, will help you increase the good bacteria in your gut, promoting good digestion. Good digestion is vital for your health by optimizing the assimilation of nutrients. If you have IBS, constipation, acid reflux, or any digestive distress or hormonal imbalance, then adding probiotics is a top priority.

WHAT CAUSES THE GUT TO GET OUT OF BALANCE?

A diet high in sugar
A diet high in processed foods
A diet low in minerals and healthy fats
Years of taking antibiotics or birth control
10 NATURAL PROBIOTIC FOODS FOR GUT HEALTH

1. CULTURED VEGETABLES

Cultured, or fermented, veggies support weight loss, reduce cravings and help avoid constipation. Start with 2 tablespoons of cultured vegetables with each meal and slowly increasing by 1 tablespoon until you reach ¼ cup at each meal. Get the recipe here.

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2. LACTO-FERMENTED LEMONADE

More palatable (and easier to make) than kombucha, this refreshing homemade drink is also cheap to produce at home.

3. COCONUT WATER KEFIR

Feel free to make homemade, or opt for store-bought, like Inner Eco, which contains an average of 100 billion active probiotic cultures per serving.

4. YOGURT

Your reaction to dairy may vary (some digest it fine, some find dairy worsens digestion, bloating, headaches, acne or other issues. If you opt for non-dairy, look for yogurts made from coconut milk, almond or any unsweetened and dairy-free milk. Add it to smoothies (like a lovely lavender-berry one) for a creamy dessert or breakfast.

5. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Not only is this wonder ingredient great for salad dressing, skincare and boosting the immune system (as well as many other household uses), it’s a natural probiotic. Take a tablespoon or two per day and see how you feel.

6. KOMBUCHA

You may want to avoid kombucha if candida is present, as sugar is used in its fermentation process. Make your own, or opt for store-bought options with lower sugar content, if this is a concern.

How-to-Make-Kombucha

7. HIGH-QUALITY PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS

These can be purchased on Amazon, Vitacost, or at your local health food store. We suggest choosing a probiotic with at least 15-50 billion colony-forming units (CFUs). Probiotic shake mixes like Renew Life can also be used to make delicious healthy-gut smoothies.

8. MISO AND TEMPEH

Fermented soybeans not only provide probiotics—they can make soy products easier to digest for those who have trouble. Try Oh My Veggies’ Sweet and Sour Tempeh for starters.

9. FERMENTED CONDIMENTS

Infuse your ketchup, mustard, hot sauce and more with probiotics by making homemade fermented condiments.

10. KIMCHI AND SAUERKRAUT

Both these fermented veggie dishes are traditional probiotic-packed staples of their respective cuisines. Keep a stash of homemade kimchi or sauerkraut in the fridge, and snack away.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF PROBIOTICS

Many people will feel much better (and more regular!) after introducing probiotics to their daily diet. If you add probiotics to your diet and find you experience “die-off” symptoms such as headaches, loose stools, or belly bloat from the bad bacteria dying off, reduce the amount of cultured foods you’re consuming, or take a break from probiotics before slowly reintroducing.

If you experience digestive upset (bloating, loose stools, or acid reflux), try more puréed foods, soups, smoothies, and warm foods. Try chewing on ginger or taking digestive enzymes—which help to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates—prior to eating salad or other raw vegetables. You can also drink lemon water (skip the cayenne if your stomach is upset) three times a day—20 minutes before each meal—to enhance the natural enzymes in your body and stimulate digestion.

Read more at http://hellonatural.co/get-a-healthy-gut-with-10-natural-probiotic-foods/#PJ9lB1PGrFR3IQ2j.99

Detoxing – so important

June 07, 2015

Natural Detox Series : Flush Your Toxins Down the Drain

Detox conceptBy  Marie Be Guest Writer for Wake Up World The alarm rings, time to wake up. Your body feels heavy, tired. You wish you could sleep in a few more hours. Your body is not fully rested; it was unable to process all the toxins accumulated. It is your day that will take the toll. Lack of energy, drowsiness, bad mood – let’s talk about waking up on the wrong foot. Overwhelmed with pollution, pesticides, antibiotics, saturated fats, sugar, stressful lifestyles and lack of exercise only to name a few, your body simply can’t cope. Day after day, your body accumulates toxins it is unable to process naturally. The more toxins it accumulates, the more its natural healing systems become clogged. That feeling tiredness slowly becomes the norm; your body forgets how alive and vibrant it used to be.   According to the  Natural Resources Defense Council: “the medical literature continues to support the growing association between exposure to popularized toxins such as heavy metals (e.g., mercury, arsenic, lead), exogenous hormones (e.g., recombinant bovine growth hormone and synthetic estrogens), and industrial plasticizers (e.g., bisphenol A) and the rising incidence of neurobehavioral, reproductive, and musculoskeletal diseases — everything from attention deficit disorder to autism to infertility to fibromyalgia. It has been estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals presently used in the United States, with some of them not extensively tested for their effects on human health.”  [1]

Detoxing for Health and Vitality

The human body was naturally designed to revitalize itself in a balanced environment. Since modern world’s addiction to producing or by-producing toxins, the body simply can’t cope. Our environment has become unbalanced, and so have  our body systems. As toxic stress increases, the toxins end up lodged within the internal organs, skin, body cells, and unwanted fat. This results in many of us feeling stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Unless you do something to fix this, accumulation of toxins in your body tissues can lower your vitality possibly resulting in premature ageing, degenerative diseases[2], and potentially aggravate any medical condition. Detoxing is essential to restore optimum health and vitality. It can seriously enhance virtually every facet of your life. In the long run, those who take care of the equilibrium of their body should expect to live longer and healthier, encounter fewer degenerative health conditions and persistent medical problems. As the body gets rid of toxins, the digestive system improves, nasal congestion clears, blood pressure levels stabilize, mental clarity and memory improve, and emotional and hormonal fluctuations to return to normal. Cleansing can also boost the effectiveness of any other subsequent restorative healing treatments. [3] The body has many natural ways to eliminate toxins. Many of us don’t like to hear about their bowel movements, but it is a great way to keep health in check. Healthy intestines naturally excrete toxins; clogged intestines recirculate them into the body. Constipation is strongly related to toxin buildup; the longer toxins stay in the bowel, the more they can be reabsorbed into the systemic circulation. Normal bowel movements should be at least once a day in the form of soft, well-formed stools. There are many small dietary changes you can make to ensure your intestines are healthy and happy.

Fiber

Fiber not only “traps” toxins within its matrix, but also assists with generating movement in the intestines so that toxins are promptly eliminated.[4] We often think of fibers as gluten or bread. Actually, the best sources of fiber come from legumes, non-starchy vegetables, beans, fruit, seeds, nuts, and flaxseed meal. Black bean soup is an excellent meal to get your bowels going. You can also opt for dietary supplements such as psyllium, cellulose, oat fiber, and rice bran, to name a few. The general recommendation for fiber is about 25 to 30 grams daily for women and 30 to 35 grams daily for men.[5]

Fermented Foods

The bacteria in fermented foods are extremely healthy for your colon and intestines. These bacteria give your colon the energy to function more efficneitly. Without them, certain nutrients go unsynthesized, toxins don’t degrade, and disease-causing micro-organisms can set up house in your digestive system.Organic yogurt, miso, kimchi, and sauerkraut are four examples of fermented foods.Drinks such as Kefir and kombucha tea provide plenty of healthy bacteria too.

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More Greens

Chlorophyll, the pigment that give plants their green color, is also great at cleansing and soothing tissue in the digestive tract as well. Greens provide additional fibers and are healing to the intestines. Alfalfa, wheatgrass, brussel sprouts, spinach, peas, and barley grass are all good sources of chlorophyll. So flush your toxins down the drain by taking well care of your intestines. Don’t forget that detoxing is a full-body experience.

For More Information…

Follow Marie Be on Wake Up World for more detox tips and complimentary ways to help you stay healthy. You can also checkout EarthSun for convenient daily detox products,  or connect with Marie on Google +Facebook and Twitter  for further  information. Updated October 2014 Resources: [1]  http://www.nrdc.org/health/toxics.asp [2] http://www.detoxandbodycleanse.com/detox-essentials/toxicity-symptoms/ [3] http://www.detoxandbodycleanse.com/detox-essentials/benefits-of-detox/ [4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deanna-minich-phd/coming-clean-a-threestep-_b_5466316.html [5]  http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/cancerwise/archives/2009-march/cancerwise-fiber-how-much-is-enough-.html Previous articles by Marie:

About the author: Marie BeMarie Be’s inspiration comes from her mom who always challenged common assumptions and sought to understand for herself the major issues concerning her family and the choices she made on their behalf. She raised Marie and her brother in a rural environment, feeding them the best organic foods, and focused on building strong immune systems in her children through the use of natural plants, herbs and  minerals. As a fiery teenager, Marie travelled the world in search of purpose and dreamed of positively influencing our society. While earning her first two degrees, in architecture and sustainable development, she worked for Greenpeace and many other organizations of change. Her experience taught her that change cannot be imposed; she now aims at inspiring individuals through education and awareness. Marie moved to Vancouver to undertake a Masters in Regenerative Sustainability under the supervision of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Teaching workshops on well-being, she started observing a widespread desire in our society for both physical and environmental health and sustainability. Feeling the winds of change, Marie founded  EarthSun.  By tuning into nature as our source of life, and  acquiring knowledge of ancient herbal traditions as well as new technologies, Marie believes it is possible to use nature’s intelligence to create simple and effective health products.

Gut to Brain come in please ……

5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

 

5 Health Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

 

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

By Dr. Edward F. Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Hemp seed oil is a great source of high-quality nutrients and has a long history of use in Eastern culture as a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Despite its widespread popularity, prejudice related to its association with cannabis has kept it from common use in the West. While the oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some.

Thankfully, education is prevailing and the market for hemp seed oil is growing in the United States, with an increasing number of people seeking it out for its reported health benefits.

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In South Africa, we have this lovely product available here :

http://www.biosil.co.za/products/hemp-seed-oil-250ml

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1. Good for Heart Health

Hemp seed oil has a 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, a balance that has been shown to support heart health and promote proper cardiovascular function. [1] These nutrients play a role in many biological processes and may help prevent a number of degenerative diseases. [2]

2. Supports Healthy Skin, Hair, and Nails

Hemp seed oil is often used as a moisturizer for the skin, and for good reason. Studies have indicated that hemp seed oil can dramatically decrease skin dryness to alleviate itching and irritation. [3] Moreover, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin. [4]

3. Excellent Nutrition for Your Brain

Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are required for brain development. DHA is crucial to the health of the brain as well as the retina of the eye, particularly in the first year of life. [5] Mothers who supplement with hempseed oil during pregnancy may provide brain- and eye-protective benefits for the developing baby.

4. It’s a Mercury-Free Fatty Acid Supplement

Taking a fish oil supplement can be a helpful way to increase omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, a nutrient that is essential for brain development, immune system health, and mood regulation. [6] [7] [8] Expectant mothers certainly want to include these nutrients in their diet; however, fish contains a great deal of mercury which can hinder neurological and developmental mechanisms in the unborn baby. Fortunately, hemp seed oil works as a terrific alternative to traditional omega-3 fatty acid supplements and doesn’t carry the same risk of mercury ingestion. [9]

5. Supports the Immune System

The essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil have been shown to promote healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function.[10] This can be very helpful during the cold and flu season when viruses are running rampant at school, work, and in everyday social interactions.

Is hemp seed oil part of your life? If so, what do you use it for? We’d love for you to leave a comment and share your experience!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Gavel NT, Edel AL, Bassett CM, Weber AM, Merchant M, Rodriguez-Leyva D, Pierce GN. The effect of dietary hempseed on atherogenesis and contractile function in aortae from hypercholesterolemic rabbits. Acta Physiologica Hungarica. 2011 September;98(3):273-83. doi: 10.1556/APhysiol.98.2011.3.4.
  2. A. P. Simopoulos. Evoluntionary aspects of diet, the omega-6/omega-3 ratio and genetic variation: nutritional implications for chronic diseases. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 28 July 2006. 60 (2006) 502-507.
  3. Callaway J, Schwab U, Harvima I, Halonen P, Mykkänen O, Hyvonen P, Jarvinen T.Efficacy of dietary hempseed oil in patients with atopic dermatitis. The Journal of Dermatological Treatment. 2005 April;16(2):87-94.
  4. Sapino S, Carlotti Me, Peira E, Gallarate M. Hemp-seed and olive oils: their stability against oxidation and use in O/W emulsions. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2005 July-August;56(4):227-51.
  5. Connor WE, Neuringer M. The effects of n-3 fatty acid deficiency and repletion upon the fatty acid composition and function of the brain and retina. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research. 1988, 282:275-294.
  6. Bourre JM. Roles of unsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3 fatty acids) in the brain at various ages and during ageing. The Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. 2004;8(3):163-74.
  7. Ergas D, Eilat E, Mendlovic S, Sthoeger ZM. n-3 fatty acids and the immune system in autoimmunity. The Israel Medical Association Journal. 2002 January;4(1):34-8.
  8. Peet M, Stokes C. Omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Drugs. 2005;65(8):1051-9.
  9. Emily Oken, Robert O. Wright, […], and Matthew W. Gillman. Maternal Fish Consumption, Hair Mercury, and Infant Cognition in a U.S. Cohort. Environmental Health Perspectives. October 2005; 113(10): 1376-1380.
  10. Fritsche K. Fatty acids as modulators of the immune response. Annual Review of Nutrition. 2006;26:45-73.

Previous articles by Dr. Group:

About the author:

dr-edward-group-iiiDr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.

Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.

For more information, please visit Global Healing Center.

Kombucha – DIY to great health

Here’s a great link for answers on how to brew your own kombucha:

http://www.kombuchakamp.com/what-is-kombucha

What is Kombucha but fermented tea! A Large Jalisco of Kombucha brewed by Hannah Crum of Kombucha Kamp

Kombucha Tea Recipe – 1-Gallon

Scale up or down depending on the size of your vessel

Supplies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4-6 bags tea –  for loose leaf, 1 bag of tea = 1 tsp
  • Kombucha Starter Culture – SCOBY
  • 1 cup starter liquid
  • purified/bottled water
  • tea kettle
  • brewing vessel
  • cloth cover
  • rubber band

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Steps

  1. Boil 4 cups of water.
  2. Add hot water & tea bags to pot or brewing vessel.
  3. Steep 5-7 minutes, then remove tea bags.
  4. Add sugar and stir to dissolve.
  5. Fill vessel most of the way with purified water, leaving just 1-2 inches from the top for breathing room with purified cold water.
  6. Add SCOBY and starter liquid.
  7. Cover with cloth cover and secure with the rubber band.
  8. Say a prayer, send good vibes, commune with your culture (optional but recommended).
  9. Set in a warm location out of direct sunlight (unless vessel is opaque).
  10. Do not disturb for 7 days.
  • After 7 days, or when you are ready to taste your KT, gently insert a straw beneath the SCOBY and take a sip. If too tart, then reduce your brewing cycle next time.  If too sweet, allow to brew for a few more days.  Continue to taste every day or so until you reach your optimum flavor preference. Your own Kombucha Tea Recipe may vary.
  • Decant & flavor (optional).
  • Drink as desired! Start off with 4-8oz on an empty stomach in the morning, then with meals to help with digestion or as your body tells you it would like some more! Drink plenty of water as it is a natural detoxifyer and you want to flush the newly released toxins out.

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Kombucha SCOBYs:
The Golden Rules

Never

  1. …use a refrigerator stored SCOBY to make Kombucha.
  2. …use a dehydrated SCOBY to make Kombucha.
  3. …attempt to grow a SCOBY from a commercial bottle of Kombucha that:
    • has been pasteurized
    • has been flavored
    • has been filtered or reformulated
    • says anything less than “100% Kombucha” on the label

Always

  1. …use a fresh, full-size Kombucha SCOBY to begin brewing.
  2. …store your SCOBYs in a SCOBY Hotel in a dry and dark place.
  3. …pass along healthy, fresh SCOBYs with at least 1-2 cups of mature Kombucha Tea and complete, clear instructions to ensure success. If you cannot, recommend a reputable source instead.

Never store Kombucha SCOBY cultures in the refrigerator

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Kombucha Brewing Tips

  • Never store Kombucha SCOBYs in the Refrigerator!
  • Sanitize with hot water or vinegar – NO SOAP. It kills the kombucha culture.
  • Airflow is key – find an open area for your Kombucha Tea.
  • If you see mold, throw everything away. Kombucha Mushrooms are not salvagable when mold strikes.
  • Keep a SCOBY Hotel for backups and extras.
  • Kombucha is a LIVING organism. Many believe the energy in the room will directly influence your culture.

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Ginger Lime Kombucha Tea Recipe

Ginger is perhaps Kombucha’s best friend, producing delicious fizz and flavor. Citrus pairs well with Kombucha, though in small amounts. These instructions call for flavoring after the brew.

  • 5-6 teaspoons green tea/reusable tea bag
  • 1.25 cups evaporated cane juice

for later:

  • fresh squeezed lime juice
  • fresh ginger slices

Do a shorter steep with these green tea bags, 3-5 minutes. Brew only 6-7 days, decant into bottles already flavored with ginger (to taste) and lime juice (no more than 1/2 ounce per 16 ounce bottle) and allow to second ferment for 3-5 days, burping each day to prevent explosions. Once desired fizz is achieved, move to fridge.

My other secret tip? Once you’ve tried secondary flavoring, try boiling the whole ginger root right in the water you will brew with to infuse the flavor in a totally different way.

 

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 Get A Kombucha Culture Today & Start Brewing

 

Don't miss out on this Kombucha Recipe and DIY Guide which includes an easy to follow Kombucha Tea Recipe explaining how to make kombucha tea and kombucha brewing tricks. If you want to know how to brew kombucha, these kombucha recipes will have you making kombucha tea (homemade kombucha tastes best) in no time.

Step by Step Instructions w/ Pics
Secrets of Kombucha Tea – my e-book. Enjoy! :)

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