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I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Witchy Wellness: DIY Kombucha Tea

Some people love the taste of kombucha tea; others don’t relish it at all.  It has been credited with miraculous properties and is a probiotic, making it very curative for digestive issues.  Kombucha also comes recommended for acne, constipation, arthritis, depression, and fatigue, and is hailed as a protection against cancer.  I regard it as a tasty tonic, and my family drinks it daily.  My nephews were the first to taste kombucha, and they loved its fizziness and flavor.  This healthful drink is easy to make so long as you have a “ferment” (some people call it a “mushroom” because of the way it looks).  To procure your ferment, try to find somebody who brews kombucha already.  They should have plenty of ferments to share, as every batch of tea grows an extra ferment on top of the original.

 1 large wide-necked glass jar, cloth or paper towel to cover the jar,

rubber band to secure the cover7 tea bags, black or green (preferably organic)

1 cup sugar

2 quarts sugar

kombucha ferment

 Boil the water and add it to the tea bags in the jar.  Let it steep for 20 minutes.

            Remove the tea bags and add the sugar, stirring to dissolve.

            When the tea has cooled, add the kombucha ferment with some of the liquor that it came in, roughly 10 percent of the total tea in your jar.

            Cover the jar with the cloth or paper towel and secure with the rubber band.  The lid will serve to keep dust and flies out while allowing the tea to breathe.  Let the jar sit in one place (moving can disturb the fermentation process), out of the direct sunlight and at room temperature.


The fermentation process will take 7 to 12 days, depending on the room temperature.  Your batch of kombucha will ferment more quickly if the room is warm.  You have to check to see when it is ready, and you’ll be able to tell by the taste.  When fermented, the tea can be decanted into glass bottles with screw lids and kept in the fridge.  Remember to keep a little of the kombucha tea to add with your ferment for the next batch.






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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


  • brianna
    brianna Thursday, 23 August 2018

    I read kombucha is bad for you. Ill stick to red wine. at least I know that's good for the heart!

  • Cerridwen Greenleaf
    Cerridwen Greenleaf Thursday, 23 August 2018

    I am with on the red wine- cheers to that!

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