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Spectacular to look at, but do we really need fireworks to enjoy a great celebration?



Whilst they look very pretty against an indigo sky, the not so pretty reality is that they unleash a shower of noxious chemicals that can pollute our air, water & soil. Aluminium, copper, strontium, barium, rubidium & cadmium all produce the various colours that illuminate the sky each Bonfire Night. Charcoal, sulphur & other compounds provide the modern day gunpowder to fuel the explosion, rendering the air thick with smoke.


Aside from their potential to pollute the earth & contribute to health problems, fireworks impact on both wild & domestic animals. For birds, their natural home is suddenly invaded by missiles, & the loud, unpredictable explosions must be truly terrifying to sensitive ears designed to detect the snap of a twig or the lightest of footfalls.


Pre-built bonfires are not without their dangers too. The chilly nights of late autumn herald the onset of hibernation for hedgehogs, & a hedgehog can easily mistake an undisturbed bonfire for cosy winter quarters.


For a gentler, greener celebration enjoy a bonfire without the big bangs. Share food, warmth & laughter with friends & neighbours. Rejoice in the companionship you receive from all earth’s beings. Enjoy the magic as the flames form shapes & patterns, flickering around the heart of the fire. Treat our beautiful planet with the respect she deserves.


A safe & harmonious celebration to you all.

September 22, 2013

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Autumn Equinox

Happy Autumn Equinox to you all.

As the Wheel of the Year has turned full circle, here's a little reminder of how the early bottles of delicious Equinox Kombucha looked.  

With huge thanks to all who have helped make it happen.  Enjoy a wonderful Autumn Equinox, and if you have a few minutes to spare then relax and take stock of the year with The Witch's Sabbat.

Berry Nice!

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
John Keats 1819
Golden autumnal mornings, with their crisp hint of frost in the air, have transported Kaptain Kombucha into poetic mode.  As the Earth prepares for sleep, now is the time to harvest her abundant riches.  Yippeeee!!! Free food!! And even better, it's fresh, local, organic and devoid of toxic pesticides. The hedgerows are glistening with juicy, indigo blackberries ripe for the picking, and Nature's larder comes packed with the goodness our bodies need.
Traditionally autumn was the time when people fattened up to help them cope with lean times ahead.  No self-respecting cave man or woman would want to start winter as a skinny size eight!  Without a healthy covering of fat, survival through to spring would be unlikely and, assuming they did make it through, they'd hardly even be a light snack for a passing Tyrannosaurus!
The cold wintery months, long dark nights and diminished food supplies meant that piling on the pounds gave you something to fall back on when the going got tough.  And what better way to prepare for winter than guzzling on a glut of delicious berries, as the fructose in fruits readily converts to fat in our bodies.
Whilst our distant ancestors had only a brief window of opportunity in which to gorge on fruits, our modern lifestyle makes them available all year round raising the potential to get too much of a good thing.  Excessive consumption of fructose can lead to obesity and other health problems.
However, the great news about blackberries is that they are one of the lower fructose fruits, so we can enjoy all their health benefits without the disadvantage of overloading our bodies with fructose.  Blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant and immune booster.  Their dark pigmentation comes from anthocyanin, another antioxidant that can reduce inflammation.  They are relatively high in vitamin K, aiding blood clotting and bone health, a good source of fibre and tannin, both of which help digestion, and also contain numerous trace elements and nutrients.
So much goodness packed into a bite-sized, juicy morsel!  Pick some today, then relax with a blackberry snack and Wild Berry kombucha.  
You could almost call it a free lunch!