Kombucha Side Effects – Detoxification of Poison Oak Rash through contact with Kombucha Cultures

Poison Oak Arm - Kombucha detoxification helped rid my body of remaining toxinsI got a really bad case of poison oak a few years ago while hiking.

Later, while working with Kombucha cultures, I noticed a recurrence of some of the rash I experienced from the poison oak. Not as bad, but still a bit itchy. This is an example of Kombucha Side Effects.

These symptoms would emerge and recede, and each time, they would be a little less intense until eventually they disappeared altogether.

What I realized over time was that the Kombucha culture had literally sucked those toxins out of my body, and while the healing process involved a little discomfort, those poisons are now gone forever instead of lingering in my body, dragging me down a little at a time.

That’s an example of dramatic and obvious detoxification, but most of the time the Kombucha detox is not seen but only felt in the form of a headache, body aches, sore throat or any number of mild reactions that are typical of a Herxheimer Reaction.


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Responses to Kombucha Side Effects – Detoxification of Poison Oak Rash through contact with Kombucha Cultures

  1. Its not the Kombucha that created the rash,Yes,the KT pulls the toxins out of the system and sometimes the body manifest the same reaction for a short period of time because the body is recalling the toxin as it pass through the blood stream.just like any drug that we used in the past,as we detox the person might feel high for a few hours or minutes.something like that happened to me when i detoxed for the first time.

  2. Wow so cool! How amazing our bodies are, it is so fantastic that there are these wonderful natural products out there that will help to completely heal and renew us. Just love kombucha ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Wait, so the poison oak kept coming back while you were working on the Kombucha? How is that good? I have to be misunderstanding something here.

    • The good part was that once it had been completely expressed in my system, it now no longer lives in my body. The toxin was on its way out. In order for the removal process to be complete, first you have to re-experience being “poisoned” – in this case, I experienced mild symptoms of poison oak. While it was itchy, it was nothing compared to what I went through the first time. And now I’m poison oak free!

  4. Hey Hannah! My dad has been successfully brewing since I shipped him a baby from my batch – BUT is about to stop as he thinks the small alcohol content is effecting him – oh no! I think it just might be part of the detoxification, but do you have any links, recommendations, or suggestions I can pass along for him before he goes “cold turkey” off the booch?

  5. I may have experienced this just the other week. I knew they were not bug bites since they did not seem to go away. I just figured it was an allergic reaction to the coconut oil that I was using to keep my skin moist in the coming winter months (which I was doing for the first time). But I did have poison ivy a lot when I was younger.. the coconut oil may have been helping the process!

    On an unrelated note, I was putting a medical scoby on my foot and it occurred to me that sci-fi author Frank Herbert may have been a Kombucha user. Just read the Emperor King of Dune and see if the description of the sand trout reminds you at all of a SCOBY! Just a random connection.

  6. Correction, to my last post. The Children of Dune is the book with the best description of sand-trout. The Emperor God of Dune is the next book in the series.

  7. How is having hives for 3 wks a detox? I’ve never had hives & have no allergies. These looked like mosquito bites more or less & popped up in new places as I have been going through this. I drank less than 1oz of Kombucha multi green & started itching all over that night. I finally had 1wk of no itching & now my hands are itching again.

    • Every body is different and each person is responsible for monitoring the biofeedback they receive from their body in order to make an informed decision as to whether to continue consuming Kombucha or not. We are not medically trained doctors and do not dispense medical advice. Some folks have such extreme dysbiosis that their bodies will have a negative reaction when consuming Kombucha. You may want to explore other gut health remedies including milk or water kefir or other healing protocols before adding KT back into your diet if your body is giving such extreme signals that it is in distress.

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