One of Kombucha’s many gifts is that of self-perpetuation. You can literally make a LIFETIME supply from one culture, if it is properly cared for. You can also do so many things with these never ending SCOBYs.
- Give it to your pets
Dry it and give it to your animals as a treat (it will be slightly chewy, not brittle). This will be kind of like pigs ears, but you can save the extra work of drying and give it fresh to dogs, cats, chickens and more. Especially after being administered antibiotics, Kombucha can restore a healthy balance of flora to your pet’s gut. But remember, they aren’t people and the dosage isn’t going to be the same. For smaller pets, you will want to keep the portion size small (1-2 teaspoons), once a day.
- Facial Mask
Take a fresh culture and lay it across your face. Allow the culture to rest on your face for up to 15 minutes, using a towel to catch the drips. You may notice some redness on your skin but it will quickly fade. If you are sensitive, always test first on a small section of skin. You can also blend it up into a pulpy cream and apply. The culture pulls circulation to the surface of the skin which regenerates the skin cells. The pH of the culture has the effect of a mild and all natural acid peel which sloughs dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.
- Use as a band-aid
The Kombucha culture also has many topical uses. One of the terms for the SCOBY is zooglea, which translates as “living skin” and helps heal the skin from burns, wounds and other skin ailments. You can use pieces of the culture topically to speed healing of cuts, burns and other wounds. Cut a piece to size and hold in place with a bandage wrap. It will sting a bit, much like iodine. The pH of the culture inhibits the growth of harmful organisms. The bacteria send out microfibrils which are filament strands that link up with those of other bacteria creating a nano-structure that thickens over time.
- Eat it!
With the oceans being poisoned by plastic, healthy fish supplies are running low. Save a fish, eat a SCOBY! While many will feel disdain for the rubbery texture of the SCOBY, it is actually quite similar in texture to raw squid. You can also add to a smoothie or other foods.
- Use it for your plants
Many plants thrivein more acidic soil environments. Grind up or coarsely chop a SCOBY and add it to your soil mix. Adding extra SCOBYs to the compost pile is a great way to return the culture to the earth.