I’ve been making water kefir for a few years now and while I said ages ago that it’s not my first preference when it comes to ferments, it has been slowly sneaking up the ladder.
If you have experienced adrenal fatigue like I have, you will know that caffeine is our enemy. While it will give us a quick spike of energy it also depletes our adrenal glands. Having been a big consumer of green tea for decades, I’ve needed to find a healthy alternative to feed my 10 cups of tea a day addiction. And yes I love herbal teas and make many of my own like lemongrass and lavender, peppermint and lemon and hibiscus, but there are times when I’m looking for something with a bit more oomph. Enter Red Rooibos tea! And given my love for the tea, I wondered what it would be like as a base to water kefir.
What I love about Red Rooibos tea is that not only is caffeine free and adrenal friendly, but it’s loaded with antioxidants and has some very powerful medicinal attributes. The US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC affirms that red Rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, premature aging and other serious conditions. Rich in Rubin calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium as well as alpha hydroxy acid. And just to help you really get the picture of the power of Red Rooibos check this out:
Rooibos contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti mutagenic qualities. Organic chemicals, polyphenols are highly regarded for their antioxidant capabilities. Rooibos contains lots of phenolic compounds with polyphenols some of the most important. And why is that? Because they act as free radical scavengers throughout our body! High in two other vital antioxidants, appalachian and nothofagin, Rooibos boosts your immune system.
Rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals Rooibos helps maintain good bone structer and strong teeth. Increasing the bio-availability of minerals in your system can reduce the chances of developing conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain.
In many parts of South Africa, Red Rooibos tea is used as an effective approach to treat allergies like excess, hay fever and allergy related bronchitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to contain rare nutrients like Quercetin and Bioflavanoids that assist in good blood circulation and hemorrhage obstruction.
Cautions: Despite the phenomenal health benefits, because it is so powerful there can be downsides for chemotherapy and cancer patients, especially hormone sensitive cancers like breast cancer. And people with existing kidney or liver conditions may need to avoid Rooibos. Ensure you speak to your doctor before adding the mighty powerful Rooibos into your normal routine.
*Information sourced from the above link*
When playing around with different types of liquids for water kefir be sure not to contaminate your pure grains with flavoured ones. And always keep a jar of clean pure grains as back up.
Rooibos and Camomile Water Kefir
*if possible always use organic
2 rooibos and 2 camomile tea bags or equivalent loose leaf
1 litre boiling water
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup water kefir grains
small dollop of blackstrap molasses
pinch bi-carb soda
1 slice of lemon
Make a pot of tea using organic 2 rooibos and 2 camomile tea bags or the equivalent of loose leaf teas if prefered.
Add 1/4 cup of organic sugar and dissolve.
Allow the sweet tea to steep for at least 4 hours.
Remove tea bags and pour into 2 litre jar.
Add 1/4 cup water kefir grains.
Cover with a lid or clean cloth and rubber band.
Allow to ferment for up to 48 hours
Strain and pour liquid into swing top bottles and leave to ferment 2 – 4 more days on the bench top, burping daily.
Refrigerate and enjoy!