What You Should Know About Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is derived from the Kombucha mushroom, the combination of a handful of different bacteria and yeast forms. The tea has been purported as a cure all in the past and is often served carbonated watermelon kombucha.


Over the years, Kombucha Tea has been granted a great deal of credit for helping with various health problems. From skin problems and digestion issues to hair loss and high blood pressure or cholesterol, Kombucha Tea has been prescribed as a remedy.

The actual authentication of these claims, like many herbal and natural remedies has not been done, but the results have been sworn to by Kombucha Tea enthusiasts for years.


Getting Kombucha tea is much harder than you’d expect, considering the properties it is imbued with. Neither Kombucha tea, nor the Kombucha mushroom is readily available in tea shops and finding prepared, ready to brew tea is nearly impossible. Rather, you must actually find the Kombucha mushroom culture itself to grow the main ingredient, the Kombucha mushroom. There are plenty of shops online that can set you up with the necessary tools and ingredients, but make sure to only buy from reputable sources.

The cultures will often come with the necessary ingredients and give you basic instructions as to what you need to do to make your tea. There is a careful fermentation stage that you must follow and a bottling process that ensures the safety and taste of your tea. Don’t skip any steps, or you’ll be sorely disappointed in the end result. The taste of your Kombucha tea is at stake.

Considering its source, Kombucha mushroom tea has a surprisingly sweet and pleasing taste. Many have compared it to apple cider, carbonated and fizzy. Like any fermented beverage, the taste can be improperly prepared by not waiting long enough, adding to much of one ingredient, or fermenting for too long. It is easy to end up with tea that is either too sweet or too vinegar tasting.


The origins of Kombucha mushroom tea trace originally back to Russia, going back a few hundred years. Tea itself was long considered too expensive and rare to have in that region and when the trade routes and technology of the time allowed for easy transfer of goods, things like Kombucha tea were more easily made and sold.

The word itself, Kombucha, is Japanese in origin, referring to kelp derived tea. Often powdered or shredded, kelp derived tea is not very much like the Kombucha mushroom tea we know today. In fact, the original Kombucha tea was not fermented at all and did not contain tea leaves or any other parts. It was not sweet but salty and was often served as a weak soup to the ill. The original Kombucha tea, by name, was nothing like Kombucha mushroom tea, and it’s a conundrum as to how the name came to be applied to the mushroom tea derived in Russia.

Information About An Inclined Wheelchair Stair Lift

A stair lift can be the solution to getting up and down stairs and there are many on the market. However, nearly all require that the person using one lift be able to lift themselves on and off it. For the wheelchair bound this is not always viable. An inclined wheelchair stair lift might be the answer best aluminum stair nosing.

A chair stair lift operates by means of pulling a chair along a rack – usually by a rack and pinion system. They are two types; straight and curved. The price of a curved stair lift is much more expensive than a straight model as it is custom made for a particular staircase. The rack on which it moves is not mounted on the wall, rather it is fixed to the stair treads. This makes installation somewhat straight forward.

However, for someone who is wheelchair bound and cannot lift themselves on to a chair these types of chair lifts are inappropriate. A wheelchair lift is required. There are two types available; vertical wheelchair lifts and inclined wheelchair stair lifts.

Vertical models are really elevators to give the user access to floors. For many domestic homes this is simply not an option, due to cost and space requirements.

Inclined wheelchair stair lifts look more like conventional units, inasmuch as one travels up and down a flight of stairs. However, inclined units are much more problematic to install than a regular one.

Space is always an issue with inclined units. The width of the stairs have to be wide enough to accommodate the platform, which will be a little large than the ‘footprint’ of the wheelchair. Also, the landing area at both the top and bottom of the stairs has to be sufficient to allow the user to get on and off the ramp. Another installation issue is that the rack is wall mounted, therefore the stairs must be hard against a load bearing wall. Both of these limitations make the installation of this type of lift impossible in most domestic homes.

However, if your stairs are wide enough and are against a load bearing wall a wheelchair stair lift might be the answer to your mobility problems.

There are a number of suppliers of wheelchair stair lifts. National Wheel-O-Vator and Stannah Stairiser Wheelchair Stair Lift both make excellent versions for wheelchairs. Both companies products come with the following features: bi-directional safety platform sensors not only provide protection for the user but for others who might be using the stairs; safety barrier arms and access ramps are mechanically locked during travel; the platform can be accessed from both front and side – the side ramps rise to secure the wheelchair when the platform is in motion.

Also both companies’ units can be mounted on straight and curved stairways with both inside (positive) and outside (negative) turns. The platform of the National Wheel-O-Vator is custom made whereas the platform of the Stairiser CR wheelchair stair lift from Stannah comes in a number of sizes that the buyer can choose. Finally, the platform folds up leaving a protrusion of only about 12 inches.

The cost of these specialized lifts is expensive and the price can only be determined after a site inspection. But, if you can afford one and the structure of your stairs can accommodate a wheelchair stair lift, the degree of independence such a stair lift gives you can’t be underestimated.