Most Commonly Found: Kombucha originates from China. It quickly spread to Russia and throughout Europe. Today it's commonly found throughout the world in a variety of health food stores and general grocery stores. It's also common to make kombucha at home.
Stone Cold Facts: The word "kombucha" can refer to any of a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are used as functional beverages for their various health benefits. It's naturally carbonated and is filled with amino acids and probiotics.
It is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). The yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species and the bacterial component usually includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
What to Heal: Since kombucha contains probiotics, it helps to re-establish the natural ecology of the intestinal flora and boost immunity, enhance mood, fight allergies and detoxify and rid the body of disease.
It also alkalinizes the body, balancing internal pH. It detoxifies the liver, improving the drinker's mood. It increases metabolism and improves digestion, keeping your system moving.
Kombucha is said to rebuild connective tissue, helping with arthritis, gout, asthma and rheumatism.
It can help prevent cancer since it is high in antioxidants and polyphenols.
It may alleviate constipation, boost energy (helping with chronic fatigue), and reduce blood pressure.
It is said to relieve migraines and headaches, as well as to reduce kidney stones. It can improve eyesight and help heal eczema when used topically. It may also reduce grey hairs.
It prevents arteriosclerosis (when plaque builds up inside the arteries) and helps speed the healing of ulcers. It also helps clear up candida and yeast infections and aids healthy cell regeneration.
In addition, it lowers glucose levels, preventing spiking from eating. It is also said to boost the libido.
How to Heal: Kombucha is generally drunk as a beverage and can be made at home. Dr. Axe details a kombucha recipe in the image below.
Related Chakras: It is said to balance the Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras (Intuition Physician).
History + Lore: Kombucha is an ancient elixir which as been consumed for around 5,000 years for medicinal purposes in China, based on Qin dynasty records, it was known as "Devine Che" and was highly regarded as an energizing and detoxifying drink. It was in China where it got its name as the "immortal health elixir." Then, according to legend, a Korean doctor named Kombu brought the tea to Japan for Emperor Inkyo in 414 AD as an aid for digestive difficulties. It also spread to Russia, Germany and Europe as a whole.