Issue 116       January 26, 2015
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During the winter months, we may not eat as much fresh produce as when it is warm, and so we may become lacking in enzymes. Well, today I want to tell you of a delicious drink that has incredible health benefits.

An Incredible Health Drink: Kombucha
Kombucha is a fermented beverage originating in the Far East around 2,000 years ago, and known to the Chinese as the “Immortal Health Elixir”.  It is made with black tea and sugar, this solution is then fermented by what is called a “SCOBY”, which is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha contains B-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, three acids (acetic, gluconic, lactic), and is claimed to have the several benefits:
Health Benefits
In the newest research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food 2014, researchers from the University of Latvia say the following about the health benefits of kombucha: "It is shown that [kombucha] can efficiently act in health preservation and recovery due to four main properties: detoxification, anti-oxidation, energizing potencies, and promotion of boosting immunity."
  • Detoxification: Kombucha’s detoxifying ability is remarkable. According to research, it has been observed to counteract liver cell toxicity. In one study, the liver cells being evaluated were protected from oxidative injury and actually maintained their normal physiology, in spite of being exposed to the toxin! Researchers believe that this was probably due to its antioxidant activity and could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is known to play a crucial role.”
  • Digestion: Kombucha’s high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, and enzymes enable it to greatly support digestion. Extensive work has been conducted to test kombucha’s ability to prevent and heal leaky gut and stomach ulcers. Kombucha proved to be as effective as drugs like Prilosec, which are often prescribed for heartburn, GERD, and ulcers.
  •  Energy: During the fermentation process, iron is released from the black tea which gives credit to Kombucha’s ability to invigorate people. This iron is released through a process called chelation, and is said to help boost blood hemoglobin, which improves oxygen supply to tissues and stimulates the energy producing process at the cellular level, which means those who drink Kombucha regularly, stay energized for extended periods of time. It also contains some caffeine and b-vitamins.
  •  Immune Health: Kombucha supports the immune system by its ability to control free radicals through unbelievable antioxidant measures. It is known to protect the body against cell damage, inflammatory diseases, tumors and overall depression of the immune system. A powerful antioxidant, known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4lactone (DSL), has been discovered during the kombucha fermentation process, that is not found in black tea alone.  
  •  Joint Care: Kombucha can help heal, repair and prevent joint damage in a number of ways. Kombucha is loaded with glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. This supports the preservation of collagen and prevents arthritic pain. In the same way it supports joint collagen it can also support collagen of the entire body and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  •  Cancer Prevention: Kombucha has also been proven beneficial for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters, found that by consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha, it reduced the risk of cancer in humans. President Reagan reportedly drank kombucha daily as part of his regimen to battle stomach cancer. When at the Master Herbalist Seminar, last June, during a session, a student shared a report about a friend who had cured himself of cancer by drinking one gallon of Kombucha a day.
In his book, Kombucha Rediscoverd, Klaus Kaufmann, DSc discusses Kombucha’s numerous health benefits.  As there is limited scientific research, most of the benefits are as real as the personal testimonials. From arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, bowel problems, gout, kidney problems, and many other health issues, Kombucha is said to have helped many.

Now, at Herbs4You, we have a simple Kombucha making kit. We also have several flavors that you can add to your kombucha. Come and drink to your health!

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Healthy Tidbit: Homemade Kombucha
To make one (1) gallon of Kombucha, you will need:
  • 1 gallon glass jar or bowl with a large opening.
  • Thin cloth that allows air to pass through it.
  • SCOBY and 1/2 cup kombucha as a starter.
  • 1 cup regular white or organic cane sugar. *Do NOT substitute.
  • 8 black tea bags (preferably organic)
  • Filtered water
1. Bring 5-8 cups of water to boil in a pan on the stove top.
Once boiling, turn off heat and add  teabags and sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

2. Allow the pot to sit and the tea to steep for about 20-40 minutes; remove and discard tea bags

3. Let the mixture cool down to room temperature. Once cooled, add tea mixture to your big jar/bowl.  Fill the gallon jar/bowl with more water, but leave enough room for the scoby and starter. Drop in SCOBY and kombucha starter.  There should still be 1 1/2 inches of open space in jar.

4. Cover jar/bowl with cloth, secure with tie or rubber pan.

5. Allow to sit for 7-10 days depending on the flavor you’re looking for. Less time will produce a weaker kombucha that tastes less sour, while a longer sitting time will give the kombucha a sour taste.  Remove the scoby and 1/2 cup of kombucha and place in a pint or quart size glass jar for your next batch.  Store in the refrig.   Pour off the kombucha into glass jars for serving or drinking.  At this time, I usually add some flavorful herbs.  It can then be stored in the refrigerator.

 *Most of the sugar is actually “eaten” by the yeast during the fermentation process, so there is very little sugar actually left in the recipe by the time you will consume it.

Kombucha Flavors  $1.95 a packet

These are packets of specially blended herbs to flavor you kombucha after it has finished fermenting.

We have 4 different flavors:
  • Vanilla Orange
    • Ingredients: Vanilla Bean, Orange Peel, Stevia
  • Immune Booster
    • Ingredients: Elderberry, Hibiscus, Rosehip, Ginger, Stevia, Orange Peel
  • Luscious Lemon
    • Ingredients: Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Peel, Stevia
  • Apple Pie Spice 
    • Ingredients: Dried Apples, Raisins, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger
Sold in sample packets, each containing two bags. Each bag can flavor 1/2 to 1 gallon of kombucha depending on how strong of a flavor you desire.


Our Instant Tea is an herbal extract made with glycerin.
  • All you do is pour 1 tablespoon into a cup of hot or cold water, stir, and enjoy.
  • Great for on-the-go times when we're in a rush. 
  • It is also, much more economical than buying a cup or can of tea from store, and it's good for you.  
Right now, we have both Slim & Trim and Vitamin C  tea available as Instant Tea.  Come and try some!

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Body Stress Release (BSR) practitioner that I had contacted, will not be able to come in January. I just visited with him this past week, and due to his own practice being busy, he will not be able to come to Sioux Falls until June. I have contacted another practitioner and he is considering coming in the Spring (March/April).

I will have to work out the details regarding this, but regardless, we must have a minimum number of people to ensure that it will be worth his coming. If you have not yet let me know that you would like to participate, please let me know. I believe the minimum may be 20 and the max 36.  Again the cost is $65 per session, and 3 sessions are recommended at the beginning.

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