Have you heard of Kombucha and wondered what all the hype and craze is about? 80% of our immune system is in our gut. In the west our range of bacteria we get from food is limited due to our diet. By drinking kombucha daily you are adding new good bacteria to your immune system. Not only that it is sooooo good for you.
Kombucha is a fermented tea with amazing health benefits. I have been brewing kombucha for over a year now, and I cant get enough of it. Especially now I have mastered flavouring it with a second ferment. Yum yum!
Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a scoby. Friends that come into my kitchen are often shocked when they see the scoby as it does resemble something from an alien life.
It is so easy to make that every household would benefit massively from making and drinking it. I have one glass a day, sometimes more!
The first recorded use of kombucha comes from China in 221 BC during the Tsin Dynasty. It was known as “The Tea of Immortality”. It has been used in Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan for several centuries. It’s from Japan in 415 AD that the name kombucha is said to have come.
After being fermented, kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic), which are tied with the following effects:
- Improved Digestion
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Cleansing and detoxifying
- Immune Support
- Reduces joint pain
- Cancer Prevention
How to make-
- Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stiruntil the sugar dissolves. I use 80g sugar to 1 litre of water. Dont worry you are not consuming all this sugar as the scoby eats it as its fermenting.
- Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep and allow to cool.
- Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.
- Add some kombucha from an old batch. I use about half a cup.
- Add an active kombucha SCOBY.
- Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.
- Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-10days.
- Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch.
- The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled, if desired, or enjoyed plain. To flavour add fruit or 100% juice to the bottled kombucha and leave for a few more days.
If you would like a scoby and to start brewing your own, please get in touch and I can send you one.
Happy Kombucha brewing xx
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Mother earth blessings – All plants possess a sacred spirit a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents.
This time of year is a good time to prune sage, rosemary and thyme, trimming of the excess helps keep the plants bushy.
Each herb has a magical power of its own –
Rosemary, when burned, emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and when used as a smudge it helps get rid of negativity. It is one of the oldest incenses.
Lavender has powers of protection cleansing, and love. Lavender brings a positive energy, opens the heart chakra and calms the mind.
Thyme has numerous magical properties. Thyme’s associations include: healing, love, psychic knowledge and purification.
Harvest herbs in the morning after the sun has dried the dew but before the heat of the day sets in. Use a sharp knife to cut herbs. Thank the plant for its gift, and offer it something in return, perhaps some water, organic fertilizer or mulch. Harvest only the amount of herbs needed, except when pruning the plants, to ensure healthy growth for the following season.
Making your smudge stick –
- Cut the branches of the herb you are using into 7-10 inch lengths – I use a mix of all 3.
- Get a long piece of cotton, 1 metre length I have found to be the best.
- Bundle the branches together (to your desired thickness).
- With the tips of the branches pointing down, begin wrapping the cord tightly around the base of your bundle.
- Then, wrap the cord around the bundle, pressing as you go to tighten.
- When you reach the tip, begin working your way back down toward the base.
- Tie the two ends of the cord together at the base.
- Hang up or store somewhere dark and dry – Drying time varies depending on conditions.
The leaves must be completely 100% dry to burn so it’s best to wait until you’re sure. Light one end and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy making your own smudge sticks as much as I have.
Love and Blessgings
The energy of the divine feminine is one that most of us can relate to. This is true as we all have a mother or we have connected to the energy of the mother within ourselves.
‘Honoring and connecting to the Divine Feminine is an act of worship, not only to oneself, but also to the Divine Mother — the essence of all creation and the God of your own distinct understanding of the universe’
For many women, pregnancy is a spiritual and seemingly magical time. Adorning the beautiful bump is a celebration, the transformation from women into motherhood. Giving her love and confidence as she waits the impending birth of her baby.
Today was a magical day with Tiffany, and on a beautiful full moon too. Tiffany is only 2 days away from her due date, so we decided to decorate the bump with glitter and jewels (which can easily be washed away) and her hands with beautiful henna. She sat amazingly well and I am looking forward to the fabulous photos from Julie Lou.
Here is a peek of some we took on the day. Thank you Tiffany for allowing us to share them and I send lots of love to you as you enter this new stage of your life.
Thank you to Kim, Julie Lou and Kerrie for your additions to the day.
This Saturday come and catch Art of Love spreading the henna love. I will be at the Middle of Nowhere Festival on Saturday from 10am. Come and get some natural henna body art, I will also be doing hair wraps and hair feathers.
The sun is due out ….A weekend packed with great live music and fun for the whole family,
all in a friendly farm location