so it’s been awhile right? I traded blogging for extra sleep and time with my newborn- I’m sure you can relate. It has been such a joy to have this little baby in our lives. We feel so blessed. Jane is starting to sleep more at night and I’m hoping to slowly work in a few more posts informing you all of what’s going on with the Prices and other topics to help you in your pursuit of godliness. Continue reading »
And I’m back! At least for a few posts- thanks for all your prayers and encouragment- what a blessing! Thought I’d use this post to share with you something I learned!
Thanks to my dear friend Margaret- I now have a new remedy for that wretched stomach bug virus that likes to knock on our door occasionally. It is called….. activated charcoal. kinda eccentric? I thought so too. But when I realized that it works to knock out the bug within approx. 24 hours [this is key: who wants that bug to drag on for days?], I figured why not give it a try?!
It also has no harmful side effects, can be used on children (open the tablet and add to apple juice or apple sauce), and is relatively cheap.
For Adults, you simply take the tablet after every vomiting episode (or diarrhea- gross I know) and the charcoal works to eliminate the gases and toxins that are currently present in your body. It then passes out of your system with the gases and toxins it collected on its way. Unlike other medicines, the charcoal has no direct action on any organ within your body. It also doesn’t absorb into your bloodstream or into your body- so it is safe for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Finally, it is also a benefit with heartburn and indigestion!
Note: It does keep vitamins from being absorbed into your body as well, so only use it when sick and not for extended periods.
Break it down: Uk-ers can purchase this at Grampian Health food Store for £3.69 for 100 tablets (plus £2.50 shipping should you feel like having it delivered to your door instead of going there). Fairly cheap eh? At least not any more than Pepto Bismol. Here is the link I’m sure that those in the US could pick it up at most any health food store.
So let me know what you think! What other helpful remedies do you enjoy? Feel free to share in the comment section!
Thanks for reading!
All information above is primarily taken from Margaret and this link.
Here at the Price household- we LOVE smoothies! Augustine will sip one out of his straw cup in t-minus 2 minutes! Plus, they are so easy for cleanup especially if you serve them for dinner!
Our landlord recently purchased a new blender for us so we are working through some of our favorites. If you have ever been to Planet Smoothie, this recipe is a similar version of the Chocolate Elvis Smoothie except it is made with natural sugar.
Here are the ingredients:
-2 tablespoons unsweeted cocoa powder
-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (basically a product that contains one or two ingredients: peanuts!)
-1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup
-4-5 crushed ice cubes (if you don’t have an ice maker, just add a little more milk)
-3/4 cup of milk
Put in the blender and wha la!
-Optional: Garnish with crushed peanuts if you so desire-
Yum, any favorites you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
Following yesterday’s post, here is some inspiration for a fun giftbag to give to a mum (mom) with morning sickness. Go ahead and compile a giftbag while it’s on your mind, and keep in your closet to bring out when you find a new pregnant friend! Feel free to add/takeaway any of these items from your personal gift to other friends.
[I find it sortof fun to label each item as to why you gave the item to help- (see picture to the left)]
-Tart Candies: lemon drops, sour gummy worms
-Ginger: Lemon and Ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger Altoids, homemade ginger bread cookies
-Medicinal: Vitamin B, Seabands (great purchase)
-Tea: peppermint tea, mother’s tea (purchase at Babies R US, Mothercare), other fun decaf teas
-Drink: Orange Juice (great for Vitamin C), Lemonade, Powerade, Gatorade, Fun drinks: Izzies (find @ starbucks)
-Calming: Candles, Clean Air Spray, Socks, Bubble Bath, Lotion, Soap, Movies (perhaps a good chick flick, etc), a classical cd
-Fresh: Potted plant, fresh flowers, seeds to plant in a garden
Other: Print out a copy of yesterday’s post, a coffee mug, a can of soup (or other easy meals), peppermint chewing gum, a jar of lemon slices (can be found in a cocktail section- great to put in ice water for nausea relief), something fun for their other kids (coloring books, a new car, a movie, etc), a stylish new maternity shirt, homemade chocolate chip cookies, a fun piece of jewelry (earrings, necklace, a ring).
Compile it all together in a fun gift bag, pray for the recipient, and treat this lovely young mother to some encouragement during a difficult season when you bring her some homemade dinner &/or dessert.
Any other ideas? Feel free to comment!
Praise the Lord I have since recovered from the morning sickness blues- -but boy, they can be draining when in the thick of it. I have found one of my coping methods is to read about helpful solutions, so I’d love to take the opportunity to share with you some of the ways that I experienced some relief.
- If you currently are not pregnant/not experiencing nausea symptoms, consider reading this post and helping out your friend(s) who are nauseated. Perhaps share this post in an encouraging email, pray for them in this trial, and act on these points to help them in their time of need (don’t just offer, go ahead and do it!).
- Cry out to Jesus- “Consider it all joy my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces perserverance” says James in his first chapter. Allow this time of weariness to be a time of spiritual healing. Focus on encouraging verses (like Philippians 4) and train your mind to focus on having a thankful heart instead of complaining and becoming depressed. Be honest and vulnerable to Jesus at your low points and then ask Him for strength that He alone can give you to perform the next task (laundry, a shower, or even just sitting up in bed). Give yourself loads of grace- this is not a time to conform to high expectations. It is OK if your family lives off of hotdogs and frozen pizza for 8 weeks, it is just a season that is not indicative of your identity as a wife and a mother- find your identity in Christ and Him alone. [Read more about finding our identity in Christ here]
- I often felt bad for allowing Augustine to watch so many movies, or have all day (just kidding, but kinda… not really) independent time. This was not the mother I wanted to be/nor had been in the past. And it is just a season that will pass, it is OK to set aside high expectations and live in grace. One friend encouraged me by saying, “You are giving your child the greatest blessing you could possibly give him: a playmate for life, a friend, a sibling”. Focus on the truth of scripture for who you are (a child of God, a daughter of the King) rather than finding your worth in how you look or in your accomplishments. Invite your child to read his favorite books with you in the bed. Invite them to eat saltines with you (though Augustine was notorious for eating all my snacks and leaving none for me!). Purchase children movies/shows that will encourage you spiritually as well as them. Invite them to play in the bathtub for a longer period of time (or allow them to take two baths a day) and sit beside the tub and relax in their laughter. Listen to scripture set to music with them (the SEEDS cds, or Dana Dirksen’s Catchecism Songs) as it will refresh your soul. Ask your friends for other creative ways to entertain them in ways that will not drain you. In your weariness, ask the Lord for help.
- Consider hiring a nanny, someone to clean your house, or someone to make your meals (pizza hut delivery boys do count!). If this is not financially feasible, then allow yourself to be vulnerable before the body of Christ and ask for help. Be specific as to what you truly need and do not allow yourself to “beat around the bush” or be a “people-pleaser”. You could say something as simply as: “I am truly not feeling well due to the nausea symptoms of pregnancy, my family could use a meal if you are able to bless us in that way”. Humility is a good character trait, and it is good to realize that you do not have it altogether. The sooner we as Christians can realize our imperfections, we will become more attune to our need for a perfect Saviour- which is at the heart of the gospel.
- Get outside. Even if it is just a walk to your mailbox, the fresh air will literally make you feel better than lying in the same fumes of your bed all day. Encourage your husband to keep you accountable in this regard. Often when I was at my lowest, Shaun graciously “forced” me outside. Though I didn’t feel like it at the time, it was always so much better to my physical state once I was out of the house. Plan to attend playgroups, or short trips to places to keep yourself accountable to getting outside. Do not burden yourself with activities, but do give yourself opportunities to get out of the “sick spots” of your home. This is another way to be vulnerable with your friends- tell them of your need to get out of the house, and then follow up on their invitations for outings. It is OK, if you have to excuse yourself to the bathroom for nausea, they will forgive you.
- I personally found that this brief season is not the time to have guests over. Talk with your husband about what is best for the both of you, and perhaps suggest that for this time you will invite people to go out to a restaurant (McDonalds is ok if you are on a budget) or a park for a picnic. This way you will not have to focus on having a clean house or cooking when physically these tasks can be draining.
- Communicate clearly and lovingly with your husband. It is easy to be short with your husband or play the victim role since he is not experiencing the same symptoms as you. However, he is taking on roles of husband, provider, daddy, mommy, grocery shopper, meal preparation duty, house cleaner, children entertainer, and possibly many other chores. Praise him for his acts of service to you in your time of need. When it is a good time for him, consider writing down what tasks would be helpful to you that he might be able to tackle. Remember to focus on your needs, not your desires as this can be an overwhelmingly exhaustive time for him too. Pray for him, that the Lord would be his fulfillment, as he completes these tasks. Give him grace in your speech and actions when he makes you breakfast but leaves the kitchen a mess. A man is much more apt to do more actions from your encouragement than from your criticism. Thank him for allowing you to be a mother, and assure him of your gratitude for the opportunity to have a child. Sometimes, it is harder for a man to cope without a solution to your problems than it would be for him to be nauseated himself. Men like to meet our needs, be sure to thank him for all his efforts to provide for you. It is OK to smile and laugh. Shaun and I spent many evenings watching youtube videos entitled “Just for laughs” (careful, some are not appropriate) a british spin-off of candid camera. It was good for our marriage to enjoy laughing together when I could not muster the energy to go on dates like we were accustomed to.
- Find out what makes you comfortable and pursue it. For me personally, I enjoyed clean scented candles, fresh flowers (at least something looked alive in our house, eh?), a warm bubble bath (possibly every night), a hot drink, a massage from Shaun, classical music (Chopin, “For Relaxation” is a personal favorite). These pursuits often took my mind away from the nausea I was experiencing.
- Drink Tea! Many teas are avaliable with digestive aid as apart of their description. I enjoyed peppermint, or lemon and ginger.
- Consider talking to your doctor about taking medicine. It is usually best to take these types of pills right before bedtime as they tend to have a drowsy side effect. Sea Bands are helpful for some, but make sure you look up online the correct place to wear them or they will not work. Sometimes wearing one band instead of two works just as effectively. [a word of caution: the sea bands do not work for everyone]
- Relish in comfort foods. I loved mashed potatoes and could stomach eating them more than other non-comfort foods. One website listed below suggests these other options: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken brocolli rice casserole, Cream of wheat (made one bowl at a time in the microwave), Wild rice casserole, Banana cream pie, Homemade-warm-from-the-oven bread with butter, etc; Favorites from local restaurants: Cheddar cheese bagels with cream cheese, Cheese mix sandwiches at the sub shop, Dominos or Pizza Hut.
- It has also been suggested that sour foods (lemonade, dill pickles, sour candies) and protein (meat, beans, peanut butter, cheese) are great for helping nausea relief.
- Eat often and have snacks with you everywhere you go. It is also nice to keep snacks by the bedside table and eat when you get up to use the bathroom at night. It is easier for your stomach to handle the surge of hormones (at any given time they occur) with some food on your stomach than without. I discovered that eating breakfast in bed (sometimes even eating something before I sat up in bed) was particularly helpful for relief.
- Call your mother and thank her for birthing you. It will bless her, and she can probably offer some compassion, encouragement, and a meal/babysitting if she lives close by.
- Focus on others who might be experiencing similar long-winded symptoms but do not have the hope of it ending (or having a baby at the end). Cancer patients, elderly, hospitalized friends are also experiencing similar trials but many are concerned about whether or not they will literally survive, not which week of pregnancy their symptoms may subside. Pray for them when you are experiencing a low day. Write them a card. Visit them in the hospital or give them a call on the phone. It is always good for our souls to keep our eyes off ourselves.
- Keep an eternal perspective. Praise the Lord that this is such a small amount of suffering in the grand scheme of eternity and praise Him for giving you the opportunity to birth a child (as there are so MANY women who would love to be given the opportunity to have a child but cannot due to infertility [this is another reason to put a stem to our complaining as we never know who is listening]). Look at cute baby clothes online or the infant pictures of your other children. Pray for the child in your womb as you feel low. Make a fun “to-do” list of things you want to do for or with your new child once you get back on your feet (nursery colors, double strollers, matching outfits for daddy and son, etc).
- Take opportunities to sleep more often. When your other children go down for naptime- so does mommy! Often I discovered I was more nauseated when I was exhausted then when I had plenty of sleep.
- Ask for prayer from your friends, small group, or sunday school class.
- Take heart! If you need someone to pray for you, feel free to send me an email and I would be delighted! (see contact me section at the top of the page)
- Finally, Here are a few blogs that might help you gain some more information on coping with nausea and much of the information I have listed above is indebted to the following website(s):
this blogpost is a helpful resource for natural remedies and the comments are also encouraging.
this is really encouraging blogpost for the spiritual side of coping with nausea. The further you scroll down you will notice there is a whole series on morning sickness.
I haven’t read this in depth, but basically, consider taking vitamin B (can get at a local pharmacy) and supplementing with ginger (like ginger ale or ginger tea)- to help aid nausea relief.
Hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment of suggestions that you might have discovered particularly helpful.
Thanks for reading!
While really an essential all year round, chicken broth is especially appreciated once fall rolls around. I definitely consider it a fall essential. As colds and flues start appearing, homemade chicken broth plays it’s historical role of nourishing and protecting those sick. As cold weather appears, it warms tummies and soothes you from the inside out. Chicken broth (or stock) is also an important source of calcium, especially vital for those you don’t drink or eat dairy, but highly beneficial for everyone.
I’ve experimented with many different ways to make chicken broth/stock, but the following recipe is one my most used methods. It balances expense and taste. I personally find that using some leftover bones and some raw bone in chicken pieces make the best tasting broth. But why go through the (very little) trouble of making your own chicken broth? Let me give you 6 reasons.
1) Better use of Resources
Throwing away the bones of chickens is truthfully a terrible waste (though it occasionally happens even in our home). Those bones are full of minerals such as calcium that can be used to nourish your family. I am not a vegetarian, however I feel that we should treat the death of an animal with respect and part of that respect is utilizing every part of that chicken as much as possible.
2) Saves Money
And when we do that, we win be saving money too! We don’t have to buy those expensive “natural” boxes of chicken broth in the store.
3) More Nutritious
Not only do we save money making our own, but it’s so much more nutritious. Even the natural brands are very watered down and poor nutritionally speaking. They use coloring (natural ones) and “natural flavorings” often to make up for the poor quality of the stock. Less natural brands can be full of refined salts and MSG. Making your own broth gives you a mineral rich, nutritious base for all sorts of wonderful meals.
4) It Tastes Better
Are you really that surprised that homemade broth tastes better? Good nutrition is most always paired with superior taste. We love homemade broth so much that we will sometimes sip it in mugs simply salted. (Yes, you will need to add salt).
5) Improves Your Cooking
A good homemade chicken broth gives you the foundation for making delicious soups and sauces and a myriad of other uses. You can cook your grains and legumes in it for extra nutrition and taste (which helps improve mineral absorption if you are concerned about phytic acid’s impact). You can flavor stir fry’s, chicken pot pie, taco filling and many other dishes with it. Having chicken broth on hand gives you the ability to make some wonderful dishes easily.
6) Gives You Many Health Benefits
Besides the rich nutrition you get from it, you also get other health benefits. An excellent (long) article on the topic was published by the Weston Price Foundation, called Why Broth is Beautiful. Here we learn that the gelatin rich broth helps the digestibility of our entire meal, supports liver function, as well as aiding bone and teeth health through the easily absorbed minerals.
I hope that if you aren’t already sold on homemade chicken broth’s benefits that you soon will be! I try to make a pot of it every week and can easily use it up for our family of three in that same week. It’s one of the most simple things you can make in the kitchen too. I have made chicken broth many ways, such as using chicken necks and backs, all leftover bones stripped of the meat, all raw meat on bones, using all whole vegetables, using leftover vegetable scraps saved from a week of chopping etc. All to say, the art of making your own chicken broth is very, very flexible. The following recipe is what I use most often as I have found that it results in a delicious tasting broth, is frugal and I get consistent results from it.
To increase the calcium of your broth, make sure you add the apple cider vinegar to the stock and that you cook it for long periods of time-12-24 hours, but not beyond that time as off flavors can start to develop. It was found in more than one study that the calcium content increases through length of cooking time when in an acidic liquid. (1) You can also let the bones sit in the acidic water for about an hour before heating. This may allow more minerals to leech from the bones.
Many find using their slow cooker the easiest way to make homemade chicken broth, though I still hesitate in cooking an acidic liquid for long periods of time in slow cookers which may contain levels of lead that could potentially be leeched out. However, this is a very easy way to maintain the right temperature.
1 chicken carcass (or a bag of drumstick bones from the freezer, see note below)
1-2 pound of raw drumsticks or chicken legs (I keep mine ready and frozen in the freezer)
3-5 chicken feet (see note below), optional (I also keep these frozen in the freezer)
Any gizzards from the cavity of the chicken, taken out before cooking, optional
4 carrots, scrubbed and cut into 3 inch pieces
4 celery, washed and cut into 3 inch pieces
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
1 bay leaf, optional
15 peppercorns, optional
A few sprigs of thyme , optional
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
Dump all of the ingredients into a large stock pot and cover with filtered water about an inch or two above the top of the ingredients. To draw out more of the calcium from the bones, let sit for an hour at this point at room temperature, optional. Bring to a low simmer and cover. You should never boil stock. Keep at a very low simmer for 3-24 hours, skimming any foam that may rise to the top. The longer you simmer the more flavor and minerals leach out into the water. I find that 12 hours work well for me, go past 24 hours and it will become bitter and too dark.Once done, cool slightly and then pour through a colander. You can further strain the broth by pouring through cheesecloth, though I never bother.
You can also make this using a slow cooker, using the same directions as above and cooking on low.
Whenever I make drumsticks or any other type of chicken on bone, I stick them in a freezer bag and place them in the freezer until we have enough to make a pot of stock. Although it seems a little strange at first to save bones that people have eaten off, a 12 hour simmer is going to kill any “coodies”. But if you would rather, just have your family cut their meat off the bones.
Regarding the chicken feet, some find this practice barbaric, however remember that using all parts of the chicken show proper respect to the chicken. The feet are an excellent source of gelatin. Find them at Asian stores or from local farmers.
We recently had some friends over for dinner and decided to have a taco bar! We set out a load of different ingredients to top on to the foundation of a pita wrap. The best part is that most of these ingredients are vegetables. Here are some ingredients to get you started thinking:
-taco meat (ground beef or sliced chicken with or without taco seasoning)
-sour cream (we use greek yogurt as a healthier alternative)
-cut up tomatoes
-salsa (home-made is even better!)
-sauteed onions and red peppers
This list is endless. What are some ingredients you enjoy on your taco? What are other healthy dinner options you enjoy?
Thanks for reading!
[pictured above: steamed green beans, red leicester cheese, raspberries, and pumpkin/carrot bread.]
…by serving them foods with loads of various colors!
I Corinthians 6: 19-20 states, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” As mothers, we must show our children how to honor our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit by what foods/drinks we serve to them.
In addition to the lovely aesthetic of serving various colored food; it also adds great nutrional content to your meal. One website helpfully added,
“Did you know that adding color to your plate may add years to your life? The natural pigments that make fruits and vegetables so colorful can also help protect your body from common diseases and illnesses as you age. Think color! The bright red of ripe tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, and cranberries; the brilliant orange of carrots; the vibrant green of kiwifruit and kale; and the dramatic purple of Concord grapes. Scientists in labs across the country have made astounding discoveries about the health benefits of highly pigmented fruits and vegetables, which contain disease-fighting compounds called phytonutrients. These powerhouses act as a rogue police force, fighting off free radicals that cause cancer and a host of other enemies that increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. Here’s just a sampling of the health benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables.
* The red in tomatoes helps reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and other types of cancers.
* The yellow in corn protects against macular degeneration, the number-one cause of blindness in the elderly.
* The orange in carrots and sweet potatoes helps prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of stroke.
* The green in dark, leafy greens helps prevent cancer.
* The blue in blueberries helps protect memory and motor function as you age, and helps fight cancer and heart disease.
* The purple in Concord grapes and grape juice helps prevent heart disease.
So when you’re filling your shopping cart or your plate, think the more color, the better!”
This also allows the mealtime to be a time of learning and exploring. Along with exercise and a lot of water, I think this is a great way to get our kids a healthy start to the day!
[we finished off that meal with some yummy yogurt]
What healthy suggestions do you have? Feel free to leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
This video is seriously priceless; cracks me up. This kombucha batch was more on the tart side of a brew- and Augustine’s reaction shows as much. Do note that if you let if brew for a shorter period of time it isn’t as tart nor would you have this reaction.
That concludes our series on kombucha, I hope it was helpful for you!
Thanks for checking in on us!
In my September Goals, I purposed to write a few posts on this lovely drink called Kombucha. The first post covered the basics of Kombucha and how it helps one to have a healthy immune system. The second post covered other helpful information regarding this beneficial drink. The third post offers some final facts detailing that this drink might be worth a shot. Today, my friend Jo Smith, from Strathdon, Scotland, has offered to list instructions for how to make your own kombucha. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment, and she/I will do our best to answer your questions.
Steps to making Kombucha
1. Make tea using: 4 pints (2 litres) of boiled water , 1 ½ cups of white sugar, 8 black and/or green tea bags (or approx 30 grams tea)
2. Remove tea (or teabags) when the mix has steeped for about five minutes and all the sugar has dissolved.
3. Cool to room temperature and put into glass or heavy plastic brewing container.
4. Add 2 or 3 cups (approx 10% of total brew) of previously prepared Kombucha tea (as a ‘starter’)
5. Place the Kombucha ‘pancake’ in the tea mix. (it may float or sink – no matter).
6. Cover the container with a clean, dust-free, lightweight cloth and secure it with a rubber band or string. Or, (a less fiddly method) – put a cross of tape over the container and just drape your cloth over the top.
7. Place it where it will remain warmish, undisturbed and away from dust or direct sunlight (airing cupboard is perfect).
8. Let it ferment for about 7 or 8 days. Do not disturb it.
9. Remove the original Kombucha and its new baby (which will have completely covered the surface of the tea).
10. Strain the Kombucha tea through a close-weave cloth and store it in bottles in the refrigerator or in a cool dark cupboard.
Optional (a personal favorite from Joy): Add fresh fruit to the strained Kombucha tea for a delightful additon! (Suggestions: oranges, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, pineapple, etc)
Note: The ‘baby’ Kombucha colony grows and covers the surface of the tea completely. Whilst growing on the surface of the tea the culture thickens considerably. The thickened culture will be composed of two easily separable super-imposed layers (original ‘mother’ and new ‘baby’). The layers can be peeled off one from another and each can be used as independent units for the production of future Kombucha tea. Sometimes the original culture floats on the surface, sometimes it sinks to the bottom of the liquid. Both are OK. Even if the ‘mother’ culture sinks to the bottom the new ‘baby’ culture will start to grow and cover the surface. Ugly brown dangly bits are cells from the culture and can be strained or washed off (in cold water or kombucha tea) but it is not necessary to do this. Sometimes air bubbles make holes in the forming ‘baby’. Other times it may have brown edges. Cultures vary depending on the tea used. They can be white, grey, tan, brown – or even pink! NB: Close contact with tobacco smoke (which is alkaline) could cause mould on your culture. Insufficient ‘starter’ tea can also sometimes cause this. If you find mould (nasty greenish furry stuff) at any time, throw the colony and culture away, and start a brand new brew with a clean ‘baby’. Some have suggested that it is also beneficial to avoid contact with metal (a metal pan, spoon, and even jewelry) whilst brewing the hot tea as this sometimes can lead to mould. If you are concerned, try to read more about Kombucha and remember a good rule of thumb: There is a lot of stuff online about kombucha, and some folk can become quite obsessive about everything from types of water, types of tea, brewing times, sanitation etc. If you find a mix you like, just use basic common sense and everyday kitchen hygiene. The whole process very quickly settles into a routine and becomes second nature.
Usual brewing times (dependent on temperature):
** 4 – 6 Days – Too sweet, not all sugar converted. ** 7 – 9 Days – Tastes like sparkling apple cider.
** 10 + Days – Vinegar taste becoming prominent.
Purists use clear glass containers for the whole process, but it is also quite acceptable to use a stainless steel kettle to boil the water and food grade plastic containers to ferment and store the tea. Metal is considered toxic to Kombucha so never let metal touch the actual Kombucha colony or the Kombucha tea. Use plastic tops for your storage bottles.
DOSE: If you are not feeling well it is recommended that your starting amount be taken in two separate doses of about an ounce in the morning and afternoon. Otherwise, begin by drinking about ½ wineglass (3 ounces) daily on an empty stomach. If it bothers your stomach, you can drink it after eating. The different constituents of the tea will work on the body differently depending whether or not there is food present. After about a week you can increase to 5 ounces then, after a further week, you can include another glass later in the day if you want to. As your body gets used to it, you could increase this to three glasses every day. If, at any time in the first few weeks, you feel that the detoxifying effects are bothering you, cut back on the amount for a while. Some people find they stick to the single small morning glass for years, others keep increasing their intake to over two pints per day. You will soon be able to judge the amount that works best for yourself. If you do not particularly like the taste, you can add it to fruit juice. Drink lots of plain water to allow the toxins to flush from your system.
Possible initial side effects. Because kombucha rids the body of toxins you may find that, when you first start drinking the tea, your bowels become looser and smellier. You may also (for the same reason) find yourself suddenly prone to a few spots or headaches. These symptoms all wear off as your body cleanses itself and becomes accustomed to the kombucha. If the symptoms are severe or worrying, you may be taking too much kombucha too soon, so just cut back on your amount. Alternatively (the most common problem…), you are not drinking enough water, so increase your intake. Many people avoid drinking their kombucha in the evening because the mild ‘energy rush’ can make it difficult to sleep.
So – drink and enjoy. You will soon start to notice a difference in your general well-being!
Other helpful websites (most links taken froman article on Kombucha at passionatehomemaking.com):
How to make your own Scoby or Mushroom:
To buy your own mushroom:
Check out your local craigslist, or freecycle!
For further reading:
Kombucha for Children
Kombucha Tea FAQs – a great resource for all your questions! Refer to this first!
Well, I hope this Kombucha series was helpful to you! Looking forward to hearing how your first batch turns out!
Thanks for reading!