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Your Guide to the Benefits of Kombucha
By now I am sure you have heard about the benefits of Kombucha and seen it for sale, but did you know that it makes an amazing skin care ingredient too? To help you find out everything you need to know about Kombucha, I've put together this guide to its internal and external benefits.
Kombucha is one of those health drinks that has become so popular that I have seen it for sale in the supermarket and even on tap in cafés, but did you know that it's actually more than just a healthier alternative to fizzy drinks? It is fast becoming a staple in my pantry thanks to how easy it is to make it yourself. Kombucha has a range of benefits for internal health, such as helping to support gut function, but it's actually also an amazing ingredient in natural skin care thanks to its nutrient rich properties.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha has actually been made for thousands of years as a drink designed to support inner health. It's made through a special brewing process by fermenting Tea and Sugar with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, also known as a 'SCOBY'. Through the fermentation process, the SCOBY yeast converts the sugar into alcohol, then the bacteria change the alcohol into organic acids, resulting in a low-sugar and probiotic, vitamin and antioxidant-rich fizzy drink which has a light, refreshing and slightly tart taste. Kombucha is known for its ability to support gut health and digestion, which in turn can positively affect your skin, boost the immune system, and help reduce sugar cravings, and brewing your own Kombucha at home can be a really cost-effective way of creating your own health supplement, which you can even flavour with your favourite fruits.1 It's also an amazing ingredient in skin care, helping to restore balance to inflamed, irritated or acne prone skin. Read more about the benefits of probiotics in skin care in my blog post HERE!
Best natural DIY Kombucha kits
Kefirko Kefir & Kombucha Maker Mega Kit
Ideal for beginners, the Kefirko Kefir & Kombucha Maker Mega Kit contains everything you need to make homemade Kombucha as well as Kefir Waters and Milks. Designed to be easy and simple to use, this mega kit contains a glass jar, swizzle stick and squeezer along with a manual and recipe booklet with over 30 different recipes to try. With a built-in strainer, this sleek jar also allows you to control airflow to create the best conditions for fermentation, and will make up to 2x 300ml servings per jar-ful.
Mortier Pilon Kombucha Jar 5L
With a extra-large, 5-litre capacity, the Mortier Pilon Kombucha Jar 5L is perfect for brewing Kombucha in bulk quantities in a specially designed fermentation crock. Made from a 100% lead-free glass interior and BPA-free plastic outer, this minimalist-designed jar also comes with its own cloth filter for perfect air circulation, an easy to use tap valve for quick serving, a reusable label and pencil as well as a recipe book.
Mortier Pilon Fliptop Kombucha Bottle
Perfect for storing smaller amounts of Kombucha, the Mortier Pilon Fliptop Kombucha Bottle has a 315ml capacity with a convenient flip-top lid, and is designed to help make your Kombucha even more fizzy as another stage of the brewing process. Add your favourite fruit such as Strawberries or Passionfruit to this bottle to create your own personalised flavour.
Natural Kombucha skin care
Andalou Naturals Get Started Kit - Clear Skin
Designed especially to treat acne-prone and problem skin, the Andalou Naturals Get Started Kit - Clear Skin contains the five products from the Andalou Clear Skin range, which feature Kombucha as a star ingredient for helping to balance skin with good probiotics, absorb excess oil, minimise pores and scarring and deter bad bacteria. With a cleansing gel, toner, exfoliating mask, oil-free moisturiser and recovery cream, this trial set is ideal for those who want to test out Kombucha skin care in a complete system, and is designed to provide two weeks' worth of product for everyday use. This kit is Vegan, Gluten Free and dermatologist-tested.
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