How To Make Kombucha Tea

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Are you interested in learning how to make kombucha tea? Then you’re not alone. This herbal beverage has surged in popularity as claims of its varied health benefits attract more and more fans. Along with general immune health, kombucha tea proponents have cited its stress relieving and cleansing properties as major reasons to try it.

How To Make Kombucha Tea

With a more complicated process than most teas, making your own kombucha tea can take some time, and requires practice. Kombucha tea is made with a “patty” of already fermented tea. This is available from other tea makers, who frequently give away or sell these patties as they replicate during the tea making process. This fermented tea is then added to sweetened black, green or white tea, and left to sit in a sterile, non-ceramic container for one to two weeks while bacteria is allowed to grow over the surface. During this time, a variety of bacteria may develop, some of which may be the cause of many people claiming to experience health benefits. The liquid is then removed from the fermenting batch, and enjoyed as kombucha tea.

What’s In Kombucha Tea?

Essentially, kombucha tea is a combination of bacteria, yeast, acid and other natural ingredients. The specific amounts vary with each batch of tea, though most will contain:

  • Lactic acid
  • Acetic acid
  • B vitamins
  • Gluconic acid
  • Alcohol (less than 0.5%)

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Kombucha Tea History

Depending on who you ask, kombucha tea’s origin ranges from Russia to ancient China. While the exact beginnings of this herbal drink aren’t quite clear, it has become available in countries across the globe, with typically favorable reviews wherever it’s drank.

Kombucha Tea Benefits

The purported health benefits of kombucha tea vary widely, and can include everything from relieving stress to preventing cancer. It must be noted that no official studies has definitively proved any of these claims are actually true. If you’re interested in kombucha tea, keep an open mind, but don’t expect a miracle. Talking to your doctor before trying kombucha tea is the safest way to know whether it may be right for you. Here are some of the possible health benefits of kombucha tea:

  • Stress relief
  • Improving immune function
  • Easing headaches
  • Relieving constipation
  • Cancer prevention
  • Easing arthritis pain
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved liver function

Again, it’s important to remember that no tea should be looked at as a miracle elixir. Consuming healthy foods is a great way to improve your overall wellbeing, but don’t expect a cure for severe ailments, and don’t use tea as a replacement for medicine.

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Kombucha Tea Side Effects

You’ll need to keep in mind that like most things with supposed benefits, there are also possible side effects. What are the side effects of kombucha tea? They may be pretty obvious once you understand how the drink is made. Because an extended process of bacterial growth and fermentation is required to make the tea, some people may experience adverse reactions to the bacteria they are consuming. While many people do enjoy kombucha tea without serious health risks, some may also experience a mild upset stomach, nausea or pain. The safest way to try kombucha tea is by purchasing a bottle from a reputable company, rather than trying to make it yourself. While trying to make your own kombucha tea is possible, the safest option is leaving the tea brewing to the professionals.

If you would like more information on the potential risks of kombucha tea, and other related health information on the drink, see the article Health Benefits & Risks Of Kombucha. For more information on making other types of tea, see Home Garden Herbal Tea Recipes.

Last Updated: March 14, 2012
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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