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The Kombucha Series


This week I am starting a new series “Everything You Need To Know About Kombucha!”

This course will have 4 lessons.

  1. What is kombucha and why it is so good for you. {Part 1}
  2. Learn how to brew kombucha with an easy step by step tutorial. {Part 2}
  3. What to do with kombucha after it is done brewing & how to bottle kombucha. {Part 3}
  4. How to make kombucha soda and a collection of 50 kombucha recipes. {Part 4}

So let’s dive into today’s lesson, what is kombucha and why it is so good for you!

What is Kombucha


Kombucha has been consumed for thousands of years and is a fermented probiotic drink that originated from China but oftentimes is credited to be originated from Russia.

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It is made from tea, sugar, a scoby and a starter from a previous batch (you will need a starter kit to start brewing kombucha).

The sugar and caffeine is used all up in the fermentation process so don’t worry, it has very little (if any) caffeine or sugar in the final product.

A SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.  In short, it’s beneficial bacteria and yeasts that work synergistically together to produce a certain type of ferment.

Kombucha is brewed (or fermented) over a course of 7-31 days.  The final product is naturally carbonated making this a fizzy and tasty drink.

Kombucha has been known to have some amazing health benefits, let’s dive into this topic!

Why Is Kombucha So Healthy For You


Kombucha around the world is considered a healing drink and it has some amazing health benefits.

It should be noted the kombucha can not heal, it just brings your body into balance to allow your body to heal naturally!

Here is a list of healing properties from drinking kombucha.

  • Probiotics – healthy bacteria
  • Alkalize the body – balances internal pH
  • Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
  • Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
  • Improve digestion – keep your system moving
  • Rebuild connective tissue – helps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
  • Cancer prevention
  • Alleviate constipation
  • Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Relieve headaches & migraines
  • Reduce kidney stones
  • High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
  • High in polyphenols
  • Improve eyesight
  • Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
  • Prevent artheriosclerosis
  • Speed healing of ulcers – kills h.pylori on contact
  • Help clear up candida & yeast infections
  • Aid healthy cell regeneration
  • Reduce gray hair
  • Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating

List provided by Kombucha Kamp.

Pretty amazing isn’t it?  And it tastes amazing too!   

Getting Started


If this seems like something you would like to try, you might want to look at my next post, Learn How To Brew Kombucha With An Easy Step By Step Tutorial.

If you want to jump start and get your kombucha starter kit early, you can purchase a starter kit here.

Get Your Starter Today


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92 thoughts on “What Is Kombucha & Why Is It So Healthy For You {Part 1}”

  1. irishis98 says:

    Trying to enter but there is no form on the page. This is exactly what I’m looking for.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @irishis98 Oh no, what browser are you using?  I see it on my end.

      1. irishis98 says:

        The lastest Firefox browser looks like I’m not the only one having issues. the box is there to enter but there is no form @hallecottis

        1. hallecottis says:

          @irishis98 ok, let me look into it.  Thanks so much!

  2. Adrienne Whole New Mom says:

    Hi Halle!  Great giveaway!  But the form isn’t working.  :(.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @Adrienne Whole New Mom It should work now :)  Thanks Adrienne!

  3. Carol G says:

    I was able to log in and then was able to see the form, but it would not work and kept showing 0 entries earned. I tried it twice.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @Carol G Ok, I think I fixed it…could you try again?

  4. Susan H says:

    love kombucha and thanks for doing this series to give your readers more information.

  5. hallecottis says:

    Alright, sorry about that!  I think it is all fixed now!  Let me know if you should have any other issues!  Thanks everyone for informing me of this issue :)

  6. CynthiaWinter says:

    I like kombucha but I’m a little nervous about making it at home.

    1. Daryl Ann says:

      @CynthiaWinter It’s the easiest thing you will ever  make. I was a little hesitant at first. But now it can’t brew fast enough.

  7. Carol G says:

    Well, I just tried to enter again and this time it worked. I was totally addicted to the Kombucha sold at the stores and I would buy it buy the case. Great give away! Thanks!

  8. Adrienne Whole New Mom says:

    I love it but last time I tried it it didn’t love me….but my family wants me to start making it again – thanks!

  9. RoxanaSaez says:

    I have never had Kombucha but I am excited to try….I see it all over the health blogs. I already make my own fermented veggies and do kvass to help keep me healthy and happy. This is a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity :O) :O) :O)

  10. kathp1955 says:

    Always wanted a scoby

  11. irishis98 says:

    Done except for the tweet thing I didn’t understand that one, I’ll rely on the luck of the Irish and hope for the best :)

  12. Daryl Ann says:

    I have just started making kombucha and I can’t get enough of it. I love it.  My batch finally got a baby scoby. Yoo hoo.

  13. Brianna says:

    I have read so much about kombucha before, but still have not just gone ahead and got started making it.

  14. bonnie lucas says:

    Yum Kombucha! But so Expensive to buy on my own. I would love to win the set for me and my 2 boys :)

  15. Sandy N says:

    I’ve heard of it, but never knew what it was! I just love tea… does it taste like tea?

    1. hallecottis says:

      Not really.  It kind of has a unique flavor that resembles ginger ale with a little ACV, but it is excellent!

  16. SherryTCOH says:

    Would love to try this! Thanks for entries!

  17. Stuart Pierce says:

    I drink tea almost every day as it is — I’ve got to try this.

  18. Dana Smyre says:

    I just ordered it from the site. Can’t wait to be started, I’ve been wanting to for a while!

  19. Jan W says:

    I have to say, it doesn’t sound or look appetizing to me, but I did taste a little (store-bought) that a friend was drinking, and it wasn’t bad!  I’m guessing homemade would be better?  The healthiest people I know are all kombucha drinkers!

  20. patannon says:

    I love kombucha and would like to start making my own.

  21. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Dana Sara will have it shipped out in no time. You will be brewing right along with my post coming out.

  22. Dana Smyre says:

    Yayyyyyy! I’m SO excited. Your post MADE me do it.

  23. Corinne says:

    Just started my very first batch of kombucha last Friday. Not sure it will turn out as the scoby given to me has been sitting in my fridge for a couple months (submerged in kombucha). I would love to have the kit and try again. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. leanab says:

    I love Kombucha and i am excited to start making my own!

  25. angdimaggio says:

    I would love to try to make my own!

  26. Holly says:

    I have always wanted to try to make my own kombucha.  I hope I win the starter.

  27. TereGonzales says:

    Thank You for this.
    This is going to be amazing.Can’t wait for Thursday’s lesson.I have been wanting to make my own,but had forgotten where I had first heard about the scobies.Thank You.

  28. purljamr says:

    I love ginger ale, so I’m gonna try it!

  29. Jennifer says:

    Love, love, love homemade Kombucha!!!

  30. sanielj says:

    we drink kombucha in the office everyday-so yummy but it is getting expensive-DIY would be great!

  31. Kymber says:

    I REALLY want to make my own

  32. Fibia says:

    I would love to win. Have been trying to get a starter for a while, but it hasn’t been in the budget. Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. Mamaof5150 says:

    Would love to win and get started making kombucha for my family!

  34. Medic1060 says:

    I have heard of kombucha and would be interested in trying to make my own. Maybe I can win? :-)

  35. ChristineOpperBowles says:

    Im willing to try this too!!

  36. simplysusan says:


  37. laura4cbca says:

    I love the taste of kombucha and love the idea of having something so healthy to drink. Thanks for a chance to win!

  38. StephanieBarnesIllick says:

    Thank you for this post I have been looking for more info on Kombucha!

  39. Brian Dao says:

    Had a Kombucha for the first time :) Very refreshing

  40. Sandyjy says:

    I’m looking forward to making my own kombucha!

  41. Kief83 says:

    I love trying new things and Kombucha sounds, like a great drink with amazing benefits.

  42. Ginny says:

    Bring on the kombucha!

  43. the4lilleys says:

    I love kombucha!

  44. Annette McCollum says:

    Love this stuff!

  45. Dana Smyre says:

    I got my kit today! Can’t wait to open tomorrow and get it started! :)

  46. Jenandmore says:

    My sister has been making it – I’d love to get started.

  47. melopoly526 says:

    I have been looking into making Kombucha lately. this is helpful. Thanks!

  48. Jennifer Gray Reimer says:

    I’m brewing my third batch! Love it!

  49. WendyZeimantz says:

    I got a scoby from a freecycler once. It was fun. I would like to do it again. I know that it is supposed to be really good for you.

  50. Tamara says:

    Am just starting to do kombucha.  This was be awesome!  Great article!

  51. RitaChiricuzio says:

    Just discovered this site via Pinterest, and I love it!

    1. hallecottis says:

      @RitaChiricuzio Welcome Rita and Thanks :)

  52. Tracy Carver says:

    I tried a different Kombucha brand and this time, no moldy taste! It was quite good.

  53. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    Good to hear! Sounds like you got a bad batch before :(

  54. Tracy Carver says:

    My one mistake this time was buying one for energy and drinking it at night! At least it was a Friday night!

  55. Sara Mize says:

    We use a seed warming mat to help our Kombucha. Its on top of our fridge so its about 73-75 still not super warm but we keep our house about 68. Before that we had our camping cooler and put our kombucha jars in there with one jar that was filled with hot water and closed the cooler lid, refilling the jar with hot water twice a day and leaving the lid open a few hours a day.

  56. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    I have a seed warming mat, great idea!!

  57. BlessedCP says:

    Thanks for great info.  My friend is giving a talk at our homeschool group on Thursday about kombucha.

  58. Tracey46 says:

    This family LOVES kombucha!!!

  59. Alissabeth says:

    This is one thing I’m gearing up to try. Just haven’t made it there yet. Kind of a little intimidated, freaked out by it though, lol!

  60. RebeccaHaley says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this, Just no money for start up.

  61. LaRene says:

    You just answered all my questions about Kombucha…at some point I will try this.

  62. Racheal says:

    Wow! This sounds really amazing. I would love to win one and try it. :)

  63. ScreaminSardine says:

    I’ve heard about Kombucha but never really knew what it is.  I’m very interested in making my own.  I already do with kefir and would love to try this!

  64. irishis98 says:

    Do I keep using the same scoby over and over?

    1. hallecottis says:

      @irishis98 yes you use the same one and your new batch will create a new one with every brew.

  65. Kortney says:

    I would love to win the starter kit!! Thanks for the chance!!

  66. JenniferLinden says:

    I was trying to grow a SCOBY from scratch, but I don’t think it’s working.  :)  I’d LOVE to win a starter kit from you!

  67. Tessa Williams Simpson says:

    Can’t wait to attempt this again myself! My kids and I LOVE kombucha and it is ridiculously expensive! Even my two year old can say it, “I want bucha mamma!”

  68. Deb Newton says:

    So what does it taste like?  Do you add natural sweeteners to sweeten it?

  69. Im liking the organic kit idea. One of my favorite brands of kombucha (Live Soda) is all organic and is only 60 calories. They keep the calories low using stevia I believe. I want to try my first batch. Hoping for something similar where its lower in calories but great tasting. I also love the fizz. I think thats the natural fermentation.

  70. Jamie says:


    Thanks for the great info on Kombucha. I’m a HUGE advocate for Kombucha and the health/wellness benefits it provides. On to part 2!

  71. Soulmann says:

    I have problems with anything fermented, that includes breads and any beers, wines etc… In my case it is a sensitivity to some of the by-products from the fermenting process, I even tried Kefir, with the same results. Absolutely delicious, but my system does not tolerate it well, so you are not alone.

  72. I just had my first taste tonight and I bought my baby SCOBY!

    I’m so excited to brew my own. Thanks so much for the information. Who knew it was so healthy? I’m checking out the rest of your series now.

    Thanks so much!

  73. Rosalind DuBose, Pastor says:

    I am drinking an Organic Raw Kombucha Gingerade right now. It is soooooo good. I have high blood pressure, cholesterol, hypothyroidism and I’m a diabetic. I have a very very low metabolism. I use all of my energy just to get out of bed and dressed for work. When I come home my 6 year old says Mommies tired again, she doesn’t want to do anything with me. I feel so bad at that remark. I’m hoping and praying this works for me. I am going to keep paying $3.00 a day for a 16 oz bottle until I see a definite change then I will buy a starter kit. It isn’t showing me on this page how to win one, it’s only showing testimonials or people having trouble registering to win.

  74. vanessa says:

    Can’t wait to get started! woohoo!!!

  75. Mag patch says:

    Would love to try to make! Here’s hoping.

  76. Marjorie Roy says:

    I would be lost if I couldn’t have my Kombucha fix every day. If you like any type of vinegar, especially apple cider, you’ll just love this liquid drink. In fact, if I hadn’t been told it would taste like vinegar and was blindfolded and given a taste, that is exactly what I would have guessed it to be. Has to be the most delicious vinegar I’ve ever had and I love vinegar. I don’t drink it as a drink, though I could. I love tomatoes, so I have one every day, cut up, with 2 Tbls.of extra virgin olive oil, few shakes of Tumeric and black pepper (don’t forget the pepper) crushed garlic clove and a spoon of honey. Mix all together with a quarter to a half cup of Kombucha. I could add other seasonings but these are my favorite. Best “dressing” in the world! I’m sure it would be a hit on any kind of salad. I use it in my potato salad as well as a regular garden salad. Hmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it and haven’t had my fix today so I’m heading to the kitchen to make my favorite combination right now. And yes, I made it from scratch, from a baby Scoby months ago but it is now pretty full grown and will soon have to start another. The time it takes is worth the wait…

  77. Charmaine Piquette says:

    Can’t find the form. Help!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      What form are you talking about?

  78. Suzanne says:

    I drink kombucha everyday. I have made it but it never gets fizzy. So I’d like to try it again and some of the flavors that you mentioned in your email.

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Are you doing a second ferment on it?

  79. Linda says:

    Love making Kombucha….so tasty. Also, made a ginger bug and added to the finished kombucha.

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