Kombucha Tea (Video Library)Submitted by stillwater on Sat, 10/09/2010 - 08:25
"Mutual assistance enriches even the poor."
~ Chinese Proverb
This post is a video compilation of the history, health benefits, and preparation methods of the fermented beverage known as Kombucha Tea. As you proceed through this post, you will begin to see the diverse opinions about the origins, nutritional profile, and preparation methods of Kombucha Tea. However, all agree that the tea makes a healthy addition to ones diet provided that simple precautions are taken to prevent contamination from the brewing vessel, utensils, or outside pathogens. I have tried to limit inclusion to those videos which attempt to present traditional methods for brewing the tea. This is the first installment of what may turn into a series of two or three posts on the subject of fermented foods and beverages.
Best of health~
The Fascination of Kombucha - by Günther W. Frank
“Nowadays we experience a return to healing measures that are close to nature; also remedies and foods of a natural origin - away from industrial packaged products. This may be one of the reasons for the great attractiveness and fascination of the healthful beverage called Kombucha. Communalities of yeasts and bacteria have been used by people, and applied for their well-being, since ancient times in all the world for the creation of health-promoting fermented drinks and foodstuffs.
We read already in the Bible (Ruth 2:14) that the land-owner Boas invited the Moabite Ruth, who later became his wife, during her gleaning of grains: "Come over here and eat some bread and dip your morsel into the vinegar-drink! And she sat down beside the reapers; and he reached her parched corn and she ate and was sufficed and left." This biblical report from around 1000 B.C. not only gives us a hint of their exemplary nutritional habits, although they were modest by our perspective, we see from it also that, even at that time, people prepared beverages with microorganisms of lactic acid and how they served the people for strength and refreshment during the hard work of harvesting.
An ancient, pure relative of these related symbioses of bacteria and yeasts is the tea-fungus called Kombucha. It comes from the area of East Asia and came into Germany via Russia , around the turn of the century. This ancient house-remedy is used more and more also in other countries against all possible defects. The mushroom consists of a gelatinoid and tough mushroom-web membrane in the form of a flat disk. It lives in a nutrient solution of tea and sugar, in which it constantly multiplies through germinating. The fungal disc at first spreads over the entire surface of the tea and then thickens. When one treats the mushroom correctly, it thrives, germinates, and will accompany its owner for life. “ Continued...
Kombucha, a fermented beverage with real "Zing" in it - Article by Tom Valentine, at Search for Health Magazine
Kombucha - From the history of medicine in the USSR - A dramatic, behind-the-scenes account of the history of Kombucha Tea in the USSR.
- Episode from 1951 to 1953 and how the USA has profited by it since 1983.
- Background to the breaking off of a promising research project on cancer therapy in the Soviet Union.
- US President Ronald Reagan cured of cancer with metastases.
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The Kombucha Journal - Günther W. Frank's website
Kombucha - Healthy Beverage and Natural Remedy from the Far East - "Günther's book goes into considerable detail and includes many references. It is an excellent book that is the result of many years of studying Kombucha. I think this book is the original source of much of the current information on Kombucha."
Benefits of Kombucha - "This "Benefits of Kombucha" list was compiled by Bev Ferguson, owner of Kombucha Manna International. These results are from a survey she posted over the Kombucha Mailing List. The Kombucha mailing list is a group of over 600 people from all over the world who share their experiences with Kombucha on a daily basis. These benefits are based on their own experiences."
Kombucha Testimonials - From Günther W. Frank's website
Kombucha Testimonials - From kombuchaamerica.com
How To Make Kombucha Tea - Presented by Cherie King.
Part 1 - Ingredients For Kombucha
Part 2 - Making The Tea
Part 3 - Prepping for Brewing
Part 4 - Bottling and Flavoring Kombucha 1 of 2
Part 5 - Bottling and Flavoring Kombucha 2 of 2
Final Result After Bottling & Resting
Making Kombucha Tea: 1st Workshop -. “Raw Dawg Rory talks Kombucha Tea @ Catch A Healthy Habit Cafe before a post potluck dinner crowd.”
Kombucha Tea - Tinsley discusses the health benefits of kombucha tea and how it helped with her celiac condition.
Kombucha Experiment: Creating a SCOBY without a Mother - “This is a time lapse video of a Kombucha SCOBY being made from scratch (aka WITHOUT a mother.) The whole video took about 19 days. I snapped one picture every hour. I replenished the tea about halfway through.”
Kombucha Recipes - List of 20 Kombuch recipes showing showing the similarities and differences of opinion about how to make it.
The Kombucha Center - "The Kombucha Center, is a reliable informative source of information about Kombucha that describes Kombucha's history, health benefits, how to make it, where to get it and related resources."
www.HappyHerbalist.com - "Ed Kasper has been a leading advocate of safe and wonderful kombucha since 1997. He has served as a consultant and advisor to several national, regional and local kombucha brewers, including many kombucha brewers online."
Kombucha-Research.com - Michael Roussin’s website. "The Kombucha Consumer Research GroupTM was formed as a research coalition in 1995. It consisted of three Utah business which shared time and financial resources to conduct and compile contemporary research on the topic of Kombucha. This coalition consisted of: Information Resources, LC (Michael Roussin), in conjunction with San Rafael Chemical Services, Inc. and Earth Net Consulting, LC. SRCS is a commercial analytical organic chemistry laboratory and ENC was a commercial environmental microbiology laboratory. Information Resources, LC ("IRLC") was formed specifically to conduct Kombucha research and disseminate that information."
Common Sense Questions for the Lay-Person on the Topic of Kombucha or Manchurian Mushroom Tea - Article by Michael Roussin
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