• 13Mar

    Here’s the instructions:
    First I dissolve 4 tablespoons of raw sugar in a cup of filtered hot boiled water and let that cool off. Then I add that cup of sugar water to 5 cups of filtered water and add the kefir grains- all in a 1/2 gallon glass mason jar. I toss in a dried fig or dried apricot. Cover with cloth napkin and rubberband and wait 24-48 hours or until piece of dried fruit rises to the top. Strain out the kefir water using a plastic or bamboo strainer into a new jar (no metal can ever touch the kefir grains and always make sure your water is filtered- no chlorine). Then add the juice of an orange, or a few slices of mango, pineapple, or a little strawberry puree, etc to the kefir water. (lots of options to flavor your water after it’s been strained) and let ferment 8-12 hours. You can use a special jar that with a tight sealing lid but watch out for too much pressure- it can explode. We use a jar with a rubber gasket but we don’t clamp the lid on tight- we just put some books and a rock on top of the lid. After the second ferment is complete, strain into a clean jar with snug lid and place in fridge. You can drink right away but it is better after several hours in the fridge.
    Forgot to mention- you can make this daily! Just start up a new batch every time you do the process for the second (fruit) ferment for the first one. Or, you can store kefir grains in the fridge in a jar of sugar water for a couple of weeks. Or, you can freeze or dehydrate your grains. It may take a while to “wake them up” if they’re been in the fridge too long, and there is a process for reconstituting them if they’ve been dehydrated (there’s a website for that)

  • 17Aug

    Saturday, September 20, 2008

    Washing My Hair with Kefir and Kombucha

    Since I had started washing my hair with Kefir Whey and Kombucha my hair has become noticeably thicker and shinier. I am almost 50 years old now, and prior to using the kefir and kombucha my hair had been starting to turn grey. My hair is now coming in healthy, shiny and back to it’s original blonde color for the most part.

    When I noticed that my hair was going back to my original color I was a bit embarrassed to tell anyone what I had noticed; because I was sure that people would think I was imagining things, so I said nothing. Ironically, within a day or so of my noticing this, someone in my kombucha group had noticed the same thing. Their experience was more evident than mine, because that person and their spouse’s hair had changed from grey back to brown. I replied and shared my experience and so did others. So, I am not the only ‘crazy’ that says my hair has gone back to it’s original color. Since that time, which has been at least a year ago now. Several people have commented on my hair. The ones who knew that my hair had been thin my whole life … and that my hair had become dry, brittle and dull as I had become older have been even more shocked.

    So, now are you wondering what I do to wash my hair? First of all, I haven’t been able to go totally soapless on the hair yet. Though, I use so very little shampoo, that one large bottle of shampoo with essential oils lasts me forever … I mean, FOREVER! I tried the “no poo” method with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. It was too drying for my hair. Though, I must mention that it does work very well for others.

    Here is what I do: I soak my hair in the kombucha at least once a week. I also soak my hair in kefir at least once a week. When my hair needs washing between those times I use a pinch a good quality herbal shampoo with essential oils ONLY on my roots. As I rinse the shampoo out (rinsing it out very well!) the shampoo water runs down the remainder of my hair, though I don’t intentionally ‘wash’ the rest of my hair or ends.

    I used to pretty much just take a handful of shampoo and slap it on my wet hair/head and sort of scrub my hair around until it looked like a nest (which is the common practice of most), then rinse it out; followed by conditioner. My poor hair certainly needed the conditioner after that horrible abuse!

    I no longer use conditioners or hair sprays. Thankfully, I don’t need them anymore. Being that my hair used to be so thin, it used to quickly become oily. This is no longer the case. Now, I use a little bit of pure coconut oil in my hair after washing. It works great! Every once in a while I mix up some coconut oil and lanolin and use it on the tips of my hair.

    Let me warn you! If you wash your hair too often in kombucha, your head will smell like vinegar when you sweat. That happened to me once. Not good! Which also reminds me, if you are a person who likes your hair to smell good you can do what I do. When you add the coconut oil to your hair add a drop of geranium oil, or any other essential oil that is safe for your skin. Your hair will smell great and look shiny. It also holds up well to humidity. I live in New Orleans, the capital of humidity, and my hair holds up great.

  • 28Jul

    Made with rejuvelac!

    The milk from 1 coconut OR

    grate 1/2 c. coconut

    Fill a jar with the coconut and 1/2 c. water

    Add 1 T. rejuvelac

    Blend well, until creamy.

    Let it sit, with a tight mesh screen, cheesecloth or paper towel with a rubber band,  for 8-12 hours.

    Refrigerate.

    Blend with strawberries and 1 T honey.

    or 1 T cacao powder, 1 T agave, 1 T lucuma powder, 1 T mesquite powder

    or 1 T vanilla powder

    Eat just a little a day. It’s very rich. Oh, my goodness!