Vision Boards

Creating resolutions and goals can be popular to do in the new year. How long do people keep their resolutions and what percentage of people follow through with them? Creating a vision board can be great for manifesting what you’d like in your life. It’s a tool that narrows your focus on one goal and presents it in a visual manner. The power of visualization should not be overlooked. Vision boards can be created in a group or in the privacy of your home. Here are some tips to follow:

1. Meditate or think deeply on some goals for the new year. Is it to get in shape? Be healthier? Make better food decisions? Be more loving? Find a new home? Look for a relationship? Focus on the goal or goals you’d like to achieve. Or, if you don’t have a specific goal in mind, you can do a board with general themes.

2. Collect pictures, words, and quotes from magazines or the internet that support your goal or desires. Get a stack of magazines that tend to publish positive articles. Vision boards should be positive, right? Oftentimes, thrift stores sell magazines for a mere quarter. If you are looking to get healthier, you could collect pictures of healthful foods and affirmations that say “I choose healthy foods” or “Creating healthy meals makes me joyful”. Get creative, this is the fun part. 

3. Take a poster board and arrange the quotes and words in a visually pleasing manner. Take your time and make it beautiful. If certain images or words don’t seem right, don’t use them. Again, use your intuition. Use glue sticks to attach the paper not school glue as it makes the pages ripple. You may also use fancy markers, paints, adornments, and embellishments to make this poster board special. 

4. Place your vision board in a place that you will see it each day. Hang it above your desk, next to your night stand, or near a sacred space in your house. Spend time each day with your board. Imagine yourself at your desired goals. Create some affirmations to say as you soak up the beautiful images on your board. It is recommended to spend some time before bed reflecting on your vision board. Those precious moments you spend prior to sleep carry through the whole night and in your dreams. Make a new vision board each year, at least.

5. If you do this in a group setting, it’s helpful to know what you’d like your board to focus on prior to meeting with friends. Also, it’s also great to have everyone share what is on their board when they are finished creating. 

Creating a vision board can be a great tool for manifesting one’s goals and desires. The process of creating it can be fun and exciting, even children can be introduced to this great art. It’s simple, easy, and effective!

Turmeric 

Turmeric. What’s all the fuss over this golden colored herb? Grown in forests in Southern Asia, this herb is something you want to have on hand for home remedies.
This herb can be used in many dishes, from vegetables to meat dishes. Cook with it often. It can be drunk as a tea. Add one teaspoon of turmeric to four cups of boiling water and simmer for ten minutes. Strain the tea and add honey or lemon if you wish. Health food stores also sell turmeric supplements. 

Here are some health benefits:

Antiseptic and antibacterial

This herb speeds up wound healing and has been found effective in ear aches. Using the old fashioned recipe of warmed garlic oil with a little turmeric heals the ear. 

Anti cancer

In trials it has halted the spread of breast, prostate, blood and skin cancer. This herb also boosts the performance of some chemo drugs and alleviates side effects.

Natural detoxifier and anti-inflammatory agent

Turmeric halts progression of Alzheimer’s, helps with arthritis, calms down psoriasis, and alleviates sprains. Use one part salt to two parts turmeric and enough water to make it easy to apply. Apply to the affected joint and wrap. Leave it on for one hour. Alternatively, one could take turmeric supplements. 

Improves digestion

This herb enhances the ability of the gallbladder. It alleviates things such as gas and bloating. 

Tooth whitener

Simple sprinkle on your toothpaste before brushing and watch its whitening magic. Here’s a turmeric toothpaste recipe: 1/4 teaspoon turmeric to 1/8 teaspoon of coconut oil. Brush as normal but instead of spitting, allow the mixture to sit on your teeth for five minutes. Then brush with your normal toothpaste/powder.

Gets rid of dandruff

Mix up some olive oil and turmeric and rub on your scalp. Allow to soak in for 15 minutes then wash as usual. 

Painkiller

Serve someone dealing with pain some warm turmeric tea or milk and the antiseptic and antibiotic properties will lessen their pain. 

Respiratory ailments

If you feel the early effects of a cold entering your body, immediately make some turmeric tea. The turmeric will help the body fight off the virus and prevent it from getting worse. Also, you can make a honey mixture. Take 3-4 ounces of raw local honey and mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric. Take 1/2 teaspoon every half hour the first day you feel sick. If you continue to feel sick on day two, take every two hours.  

Turmeric is a must have for home remedies. It is so versatile, one can use it in cooking or on an injury or illness. Add this little gem to your home remedy cabinet.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of those staples every natural home should have. From using it as a home remedy or in your cleaning regime, it is really a very versatile thing to have on hand. Tea tree oil or sometimes referred to as melaleuca is known for its antiseptic properties. Here are some top uses for tea tree oil.

Deodorant. Commercial deodorants contain aluminum which can cause all sorts of health issues. Look for a deodorant without aluminum and that contain tea tree oil.

Acne. To clear acne, use a few drops of tea tree oil with 20 to 30 drops of witch hazel. Keep in mind that tea tree oil can dry out your skin a bit, so use caution. 

Foot odor and toenail fungus. Apply tea tree oil to discolored nail several times a day for several months. 

Chicken pox. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Apply the mixture to the chicken pox sores.

Psoriasis and eczema. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Rub some of the mixture onto the sores a few times a day.

All purpose cleaning mixture. Take several drops of tea tree oil and mix it with your all purpose spray of water, vinegar, and lemon. 

Mold cleaner. Do you have an issue with mold? Try diffusing some tea tree oil in a diffuser along with cleaning with your all purpose spray.

Cuts and infections. Tea tree oil mixed with lavender can be applied directly to a wound to speed in its healing. 

Toothpaste. Tea tree oil mixed with baking soda and coconut oil can be a very effective toothpaste. It soothes aching gums and kills bacteria.

Sunburns. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to some aloe and your sunburn will heal quickly.

Lice. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and this will deter a lice infestation. 

Skin tags. Place a drop of tea tree oil to a skin tag and it will come off after some time. 

Earaches. Add one drop of tea tree oil to one tablespoon of olive oil and mix. Drop some of the mixture into the ear and tilt your head for ten minutes.

Asthma. Add tea tree oil to your diffuser along with a humidifier and help your asthma symptoms. 

Laundry freshener. Add a drop to your rinse cycle. Or you can add a few drops to your wool dryer balls. 

Tea tree oil is such a versatile ingredient to have on hand for health and beauty as well as household concerns. Keep it on hand for everything!

Superfoods

Superfoods are important because they are lower in calories and nutrient rich. Incorporating some of these foods into your life will only create a stronger and healthier body. In addition, these foods are delicious and can substitute less healthy options.

Goji berries. Usually found in the natural food section as a dried berry, these little powerhouses from Mongolia are full of vitamins C, B, and E. They are full of wonderful antioxidants as well. Mix these in your oatmeal, put them in your smoothies, or baked them in muffins. They aid the immune and circulatory system.

Cacao. If you are a chocolate lover, you will love the less processed version of it – cacao. Think of it as chocolate without the guilt. High in magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamin C, and phosphorus. This superfood has been known to decrease anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase blood flow to the brain and heart. Cacao can also be put in smoothies, power bars, and baked goods. 

Maca. High in the Andes Mountains is where maca is found. Maca is high in magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, vitamins C and E, iron, zinc, and selenium. It is known for balancing the hormones and undoing fatigue and increasing energy. Maca can be added to muesli, oatmeal, and smoothies. 

Wild Salmon. This powerhouse is loaded with protein, vitamin D, selenium, B vitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids. Wild caught salmon is great for your eyes, heart, and mind. 

Chia seeds. These seeds are a complete protein full of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, and fiber. Put them in oatmeal, smoothies, and baked goods. Mix equal ratios of chia seeds to water and let the seeds plump up. That mixture can be used as an egg replacer. 

Acai berries. Grown in South America, acai berries are full of antioxidants and oleic acid, which is a heart healthy fat. Generally found dried in health food stores, add them to smoothies or oatmeal cereal. 

Hemp seeds. These seeds are high in protein, essential amino acids, magnesium, potassium, and have the appropriate ratio of omega 6 fatty acids to omega 3 fatty acids. Also, these seeds can be added to baked goods, smoothies, or oatmeal. Hemp seed milk is popular in health food stores.

Spirulina. This blue-green algae is rich in chlorophyll and iron. Helpful in aiding in digestive issues, add this algae to your green smoothies.

Walnuts. Full of wonderful omega 3 fatty acids, this awesome nut also contains melatonin, copper, manganese, and vitamin E. Add chopped walnuts to baked goods, salads, or grab a handful to carry with you.

Blueberries. Full of phytochemicals, flavonoids, and fiber, these little berries are full of antioxidants and can help in decreasing inflammation. Add them to baked goods, smoothies, or oatmeal. Better yet, eat them fresh when ripe in the summertime. 

These ten superfoods will get you started on a healthy nutritious diet. They are powerhouses of nutrition, so you need not worry about consuming too many. Cut out the unhealthy foods and add these to your daily regimen. 
 

Simplifying Childhood

Children of all ages need that nurturance only a family can give and the guidance of taking life slowly and one day at a time. Teach them to savor each moment; this is a lesson that will last a lifetime. Below, are some ways in which you can learn to live simply with your children.

Don’t over schedule and remember the importance of family time

If your children are in school make sure they are not overwhelmed with after school activities. You can tell if it is too much for your children if they are tired, acting grumpy, or just do not seem interested. Typically one after school activity is enough to give them time for homework and family time later in the evening. Do not underestimate the value of eating as a family at dinner time. If your children are interested, enlist their help in preparation of the meal. Smaller children can set the table, pour the water, and help with serving. Dinner time conversation provides a stable connection from the parents to the children. 

Teach children to help themselves

Even small children can be taught self-care skills and certainly older children can be expected to perform basic skills to help themselves and their family. Have a list of family chores that can be divided up. Such examples are: taking out the trash, sweeping the floors, making beds, tidying up the house, etc. Put the children in charge of packing their backpack in the morning. Some children can manage to pack their lunches, with supervision. Combing their hair, brushing their teeth, and getting dressed are all skills even the youngest can do. Teaching them self-skills also gives children great confidence. Lists posted in common areas of the house can be very helpful.  

Organize clean up time.

Teach your children to put away their things before leaving the house and bedtime. Make sure you allow enough time so that toys can be put away without any stress. Shelving with labeled baskets allow for ease at cleanup time. For example, one basket can contain legos, another with cars, etc. If children know what to expect, cleanup time is easier. Play music to make the task not so daunting. Remark on how beautiful and clear the space looks once cleanup is over. This will impress upon them how the energy of the room feels.  

Keep bedtime routines calming

After cleanup time and before bedtime there are some tactics that you can use to calm the body and mind. Draw a warm bath and put a few drops of lavender essential oils in it. Play soft music or cuddle up and read a good book. Dim the lights at this time so the child’s body can get used to the idea of sleep.  

Keep traditions simple

Birthdays and holidays can be kept fun and exciting while keeping it simple. Ask your child what they are most interested in when their birthday arrives. Bake a cake together, plan a small party, and take a special outing. Holidays can certainly be kept simple and fun. Some classics from childhood that keep the holidays simple are: making gingerbread houses, cutting down a Christmas tree, baking, and decorating. You can take the commercialization out of the holidays by talking with your family about it. Check out your local community calendar and you will be sure to find local holiday concerts and gatherings, etc.

Take advantage of local attractions and things to do

When planning fun things to do during the summer or school breaks, think local. Every area; urban, rural, and suburban has its own special places. Zoos, farms, farmers markets, museums, art galleries, pottery studios, amusement parks etc are just a few examples. Oftentimes you can get a membership to a museum or zoo and go there as often as you like for a fraction of the price. Also, by keeping it local, you keep it simple and save gas at the same time.  
Living simply with children should be just that; simple. Childhood should be carefree and fun and not hurried or stressed. Try a few of these tips and let me know what you think and how your family life has changed. 

Raw Milk

Milk has been a staple for thousands of years. Only in modern times (after 1950) has the majority of milk consumed been pasteurized (heated at a very high temperature for a certain period of time to kill all bacteria, good and bad). 

While we’ve been told this a good thing for our health and safety, many healthcare professionals believe that since the era of pasteurization, there has been a notable increase in problems relating to milk intolerance, dairy allergies, problems relating to bones and teeth, heart disease, cancer, and gastrointestinal disorders. At the same time, many people who believe in the benefit of raw foods and dairy are voicing their concerns over pasteurization because so many nutrients and enzymes get lost in the process. 

With so many people questioning this “article of faith” within the industrialization of milk production it seemed useful to review the theory behind pasteurization and the nutritional benefits of raw milk within the aspect of consumer safety.

Nutritionally speaking, what is lost during pasteurization?

All research records agree that the best nutritional source of milk is raw milk from a well cared for cow, which is grass fed without the use of antibiotics or hormones. There is also a well established record of proteins, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes lost in the pasteurization process.

Probiotics are bacterial organisms that perform helpful and beneficial tasks for body metabolism, cleansing and repairing. All foods contain bacteria. In raw milk, 95% of the bacteria are beneficial to your body. This beneficial bacterium helps to retard the potential growth of any pathogenic bacteria. During pasteurization, all of the bacteria, both beneficial and pathogenic, are killed during the process.

Enzymes are proteins that serve as catalysts for many metabolic functions. The enzymes in raw milk are helpful in aiding digestion. Because of this, many people who are lactose intolerant can drink raw milk because 100% of its enzymes are retained to aid digestion. In pasteurized milk where 90% of enzymes are destroyed, milk protein is rapidly absorbed without proper digestion creating difficulty for certain body types. Some scientists believe this may be a concern for diabetics according to “Abstracts on the Effect of Pasteurization on the Nutritional Value of Milk” at: http://www.realmilk.com. 

Calcium is an essential mineral for many body functions, notably skeletal strength and joint movement. The pasteurization of milk makes the major part of calcium insoluble to the body. Fifty percent of milk’s calcium is destroyed in the process and most of what remains is not bioavailable. Low calcium levels can lead to poor tooth development, bone problems, and nervous problems. 

As for the other bio-minerals (choline, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, sulphur) contained in milk, these minerals have diminished values in pasteurized milk because the enzymes needed to catalyze the proper assimilation of these nutrients have been destroyed. 

In raw milk all vitamins (fat and water soluble) are available for your body to process. In pasteurized milk, there is a 66% loss of vitamins A, D, E, and F. The loss of vitamin C exceeds 50%. There is a 38-80% loss of all water soluble vitamins. Vitamins B6 and B12 are virtually destroyed according to “In Praise of Raw Milk” by Julian Rose. 

In the same manner, the valuable milk protein and the 22 amino acids available to the body with raw milk are destroyed or altered with the intense heat of pasteurization; and, what’s left is now less bio-available to your body. 

Pasteurization, instituted with the best of intentions to ensure the safety of public health, reviewed fifty years later seems to reveal unforeseen ill effects. Among the ailments linked to pasteurization are the rise in dairy allergies, osteoporosis, other bone and tooth problems and gastrointestinal problems. Many integrative health professionals have begun to realize raw milk’s beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and the rich nutrients it contains. 

Why is raw milk, the natural nectar produced by cow or goat, once considered a curative drink, so widely considered a dangerous health risk to be legally restricted?

In the early days of industrial milk production, conditions were often unsanitary. Migrant workers on the new ‘factory farms’ who frequently worked while suffering from tuberculosis, typhoid fever and other diseases, were pushed to efficiency rather than trained in quality care that marked the small family farm. In this environment, the dairy industry adapted pasteurization as a cure-all to overcome a lack of training, checking and testing for quality, clean conditions and securing a profitable production. 

To find quality sources of raw milk, you can go to: http://www.realmilk.com. Documentaries that are eye opening are: Farmegeddon, Milk War, and Food Inc. It is always best to do your own research on what foods you think you’d benefit from. Being educated is a powerful tool. 

Permaculture

Turn your ordinary green grass into a permaculture haven for plants and animals. By using plants native to your area, you can say good bye to having the perfect lawn. It is easy, beneficial to the earth, and can serve a household well.

The term was started in the 1970s by a man named David Holmgren. Permaculture is the consciously created landscape which takes into consideration the patterns and relationships found in mother nature. The benefits of permaculture can be an improved lawn while also providing food for the family. Some basic tenets of permaculture are valuing diversity, producing no waste, and accepting feedback from mother nature. Permaculture can be found in your yard, rooftop, and even in a simple window box. 

1. First, familiarize yourself with the native plants in your area. Google “native plants and the area you are in”. Visit a local nursery and talk to the staff. Also, local farmers should be able to give you a good idea on beneficial crops and plants for your area. 

2. Observe the sun patterns in your yard. Also, take into consideration how much shade certain areas get. Where are your trees located? It is helpful to notice sun patterns during different times of the year, as it changes with the seasons. 

3. Draw a sketch of your yard and note the sun and water patterns. Does a certain spot retain water more than other spots? Is your soil beneficial? Does it feel sandy or does it have clay? Do you have a local water spot such as a pond, stream, or brook? 

4. Create some raised beds for your area that are at least six to twelve inches high. Make sure the beds are not too wide, you want to be able to reach across and tend to plants without trampling on them. 

5. Keep in mind bigger plants will provide shade for smaller plants. When drawing up your plans, take that into consideration.

6. Research what plants go well with one another. For example, it is beneficial to plant marigolds and tomatoes together. 

7. Use mulch to protect the beds and the landscape. Wood mulch is great, as it biodegrades right back into the soil. 

8. Compost your food scraps and add them to your garden area. Creating no waste is a tenet of permaculture and provides so many benefits for your garden. 

9. Use a low waste watering system such as drip irrigation or saving water via gutters or rain barrels. 

10. Ask yourself, “what purpose will these plants serve”? Are you looking to grow vegetables and herbs to use in your kitchen or are you looking to grow plants that will just take the place of grass, thus allowing you to not mow the yard? 

One can really transform their lawn area by using permaculture to change the landscape. It is easy to do with a little research and planning. Many people across the nation are adopting permaculture as a way of life.

Natural Coffee Alternatives

Natural Coffee Alternatives

Coffee can be quite addicting and people like to kick the habit. Drinking a minimal amount of the best organic beans, doesn’t seem to be harmful. However, if you are interested in some natural and yummy alternatives that are very nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals, there are many suggestions. 

1. Hot Maca. Maca comes from the highest elevations of the Andes mountains. It is great for coping with stress and it restores and balances the endocrine system. Mix one tablespoon of maca with a cup of warm almond milk. Add in a dash of honey and cinnamon.

2. Dandelion tea. Roasted dandelion, chicory root, and maca blended taste very similar to coffee. Dandelion relieves constipation and soothes the tummy. It is loaded with vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and potassium. 

3. Matcha green tea. This green tea is the concentrated powder form. It contains more caffeine and antioxidants than regular green tea. Follow the directions on the box, as it is made differently than regular green tea.

4. Wheat grass juice. A shot of this juice will give you a boost of energy. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. 

5. Juicing. Combining your favorite alkaline veggies with some fruits can be a great way to start your day. Try a handful of fresh kale with a few carrots and an apple in a high quality juicer.

6. Smoothies. Take a cup of a milk alternative (almond, soy, or hemp), add in a handful of ice, a 1/2 cup of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries), with a banana and a spoonful of nut butter. This filling breakfast will sustain your energy throughout the morning. 

7. Rooibos tea. This tea can be found at a natural food store. It contains iron, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. It has been known to cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, and hypertension.

8. Yerba Mate. Coming from the rainforest holly tree, this tea will give you a burst of caffeine. It is also loaded with antioxidants. It is helpful in relieving stress and insomnia. 

9. Peppermint tea. Although this tea does not contain caffeine, it boosts the senses which can be a great afternoon pick-me-up. An added bonus is that it helps with stomach issues. 

10. Hot carob milk. Instead of making hot chocolate, make carob milk. Heat up a cup of almond milk, add in a few teaspoons of carob powder. Sweeten with some honey and stir well.

While these coffee alternatives may not taste like coffee, they are great alternatives to get your energy up. Also, there is the added bonus that they are healthy for you.

Metabolism Boosters

People looking to live more healthy and wanting to lose weight generally don’t resort to crash diets. They are looking for something more sustainable and healthy, a change in lifestyle. The list of foods here are metabolism boosters. 

Before we delve into the list of foods that boost your metabolism, it is helpful to know what foods hamper your metabolism. If you are trying to lose weight, you should eliminate or reduce sweets of all kinds, processed foods, foods high in carbohydrates (such as processed breads, pastas, grains), most dairy, and fried foods. You know those foods that just make you feel “blah” after eating them? Avoid those! Also, be sure to drink enough purified water throughout the day and get enough sleep at night. Moderate daily exercise is also not only good for your health, it is great for your metabolism. 

Metabolism Boosting Foods:

Garlic. Garlic contains glutathione, which is an important antioxidant, helping to cleanse the liver. It also has components in it that raise the good cholesterol in your body. Mash some garlic into your olive oil and spread over some sautéed veggies. 

Ginger. Ginger boosts metabolism and aids in digestion. Sprinkle some ginger over veggies when you stir-fry. 

Black pepper. Use black pepper in place of salt and see your metabolism speed up. Black pepper contains the alkaloid piperine which is the component that aids in metabolism. 

Chili peppers. These little hot peppers contain capsaicin, known to raise your body temperature, thus increasing your metabolism. Add some to sautéed peppers and onions. 

Green tea. Studies have shown that green tea promotes fat oxidation and is believed to prevent insulin issues and obesity. Drink green tea instead of coffee.

Berries. They contain anthocyanins, which help in eye health, along with stopping fat cells from getting large. They reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, and help with insulin resistance. Add berries to some plain Greek yogurt. 

Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables. These veggies are a great source of fiber, helping you feel full. Blanch these veggies and don’t over cook them or they will lose their nutritional value. 

Whole grains. This does not mean refined carbs like white bread. Whole oats or barley have a great nutritional value while making you feel full. Whole grains like oatmeal or dense breads like Ezekiel are better for you and keep your blood sugar stable. 

Greek yogurt. A cup of plain Greek yogurt with no added sugar and a dash of lemon with some berries will help you feel satisfied and boost your metabolism. 

Oolong tea. This tea contains polyphenols that boost the metabolism. This tea also contains less caffeine that black tea or coffee. 

This is just a brief list of metabolism boosting foods. Try incorporating just a few and take into consideration which foods are metabolism drainers when you start your day.

Kombucha

Have you heard of that effervescent probiotic tea that health food advocates are drinking? It’s filled with wonderful probiotics and anti-toxins. The health benefits are many and it is easy to make at home. It’s delicious tasting and can be found in many flavors.

What is kombucha tea?

Kombucha has been around for thousands of years. It has roots in Asia and Europe. Anecdotal evidence suggests it can prevent cancer, alleviate arthritis, and prevent degenerative diseases. Studies are limited but the health benefits are many.  

First of all, kombucha is know for healing gut ailments and improving digestion. Since the drink is full of probiotics, the good bacteria is beneficial to the digestion system. Many people notice that after drinking kombucha, bloating goes away.

This fermented tea also is beneficial to the immune system. It is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins E, C, and beta-carotene. Those with chronic illnesses have reported feeling better after consuming kombucha daily. 

Kombucha is a great detoxifier for the body. It is rich in enzymes, bacterial acids, and is high in glucaric acid. Glucaric acid had been found to prevent cancer cells from growing and aids in the detoxification of the liver.

How do you make kombucha tea?

Gather these ingredients:

3 1/2 quarts of filtered water

1 cup of organic sugar

8 bags of green or black tea

2 cups of starter tea from your last batch, or store bought kombucha

1 scoby per fermentation jar (scobies can be purchased online or from a natural food store)

Equipment needed:

1 gallon glass jar or 2 quart glass jars

Coffee filters, paper towels, or tea cloths to cover jars

Clean soda bottles

Funnel

Recipe:

1. Make tea base. Bring water to boil then add the sugar (stir to dissolve) and let water cool.

2. Remove the tea bags.

3. Add starter tea.

4. Pour the mix into a one gallon glass jar.

5. Place for scoby inside with clean hands.

6. Cover with cloth, filters, or paper towel and secure with rubber band. 

7. Ferment on your counter, away from heat or sun, for 7-10 days.

8. Check kombucha for taste after seven days. Ferment until desired taste is reached.

9. Remove scoby and place on clean plate.

10. Set aside some (2 cups) of the fermented tea to use as the starter tea for your next batch.

11. Bottle the kombucha.

12. Let the kombucha carbonate 1-3 days in the refrigerator before drinking.

If you aren’t quite feeling this adventurous, kombucha can be found at all natural health food stores and some major realtors. Also, it can be found in many flavors. Whether or not you are making it at home or buying it at the grocer, this drink is a healthy addition to your diet.