Thursday, September 30, 2010

Xue Lian Hua Kefir from Tibet

Nowadays the fruit enzymes topics are circulated around and still on, most of them are more into ‘how to make the fruit enzymes’,  with various types of fruits to ferment home made fruit enzymes, garbage enzymes etc.

Now it comes again, another healthy fermentation food is stirring hot in the market and becoming famous through distributing and sharing activities in Malaysia and other countries.  

Tibetan Mushroom Kefir grains “雪莲花乳酸菌"

It is a kefir like of kefir grains, which has the Chinese name right here as “Xue Lian Hua Jun” ~ “雪莲花乳酸菌 or Tibetan Kefir grains. Xue Lian Hua ~ 雪莲花 in Chinese means “snow lotus”. That’s a thing it looks like “cauliflower” crumbled together when rinse under the running water. It is very easy to brew water kefir.

I got this culture starter grains from my brother in law, it was given to me with the instructions of how to make and its benefits, plus a bottle of ready made “living water” 活命水 extracted from this living organism for my consumption.

It is inexpensive way to produce your own fermented probiotics at very low cost and culturing it forever. It is probiotics and enzymes that the benefits is similar to those milk Kefir. It goes with the saying and claimed this Tibetan Kefir grains are from Tibetan lama. This has been used as Tibetan alternative medicine for thousand years ago.

Kefir and Tibetan Kefir is quite similar; the different is where its origin form. Before ancient, Kefir is from the Soviet Russian Caucasus area, Caucasus Mountains and Tibet, is where the "Xue Lian Hua Jun" ~ 雪莲花乳酸菌 comes from, both Kefir and Tibetan kefir grains are the probiotics, except the bacterium's proportion is depends on the environment factor, but both will contain the bacterium type is closely the same only the proportion will receive the environment changes.

It is a lactic acid probiotic food like yogurt and kefir, containing of lactic acid  bacteria and the friendly bacteria. This beverage is the culture of Probiotic with the yeast living microorganisms that exhibiting some anti-bacterial, anti-mycotic, anti-neoplastic and immunomodulatory effects.

According to some of the online researches it contains the friendly bacteria and yeasts of:
Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei casei, Candida valida, Streptococcus lactis, Lactobacillus casei rhamnosus , Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus alactosus, Lactobacillus pseudoplantarum, Streptococcus cremeris, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Saccharomyces florentinus, Saccharomyces pretoriensis, Kloeckera apiculata, and Candida lambica,

Xue Lian Hua Kefir 雪莲花乳酸菌 or Tibetan Kefir is a fermented beverage which is combination of many different bacteria and yeasts with a matrix of proteins, lipids and sugars that living together and changed into polysaccharide grains. It is polymeric carbohydrate structures and it can be found from certain oats, and cereal. Polysaccharide grains as sustainable energy source to the body to produce a feel-good chemical in the brain to enhance the mood, helping people to feel happy. 

• It stabilizes the blood sugar level,
• Melts away the fatigue,
• Improve of immunity system.
• Boosts liver functions,
• Improves intestinal health and prevent of colon cancer.
• Name a few, as well as weight management and used in skincare and cosmetic.

What are the benefits of taking “Xue Lian Hua” Beverage

It benefits the digestive tract system and can be surviving in the human intestinal especially to treat gastrointestinal tract, ulcer and gastric and other colon diseases. The researches have found that the lactic acid of this Tibetan Kefir fermented food provides good protection and prevention to against of cancer by long term consumption.

It also claimed that has been cured many cancerous cases, also this culture has been circulated around as “living remedy” in natural healing for Liver Cancer, that has the strongest and harmless natural antibiotic, also a natural remedy to against any allergy, it has anti-tumor properties speed up the healing of many other illnesses as claimed in the circulation list.

My personal experiment of taking “Hua Lian Hua” drink:

It taste and smell like “grape wine” to me. It is slightly alcohol contain. Not that bad to take it. The alcoholic taste is due to fermentation and its carbonate released, the longer it keeps and the alcohol taste is stronger, slightly sour.

Some may feel dizzy and the hot flushes all over the face and body, slightly with the feeling of warmness, as for me the feeling of my stomach is like a roller caster kept stirring uncomfortably for a few minutes, and warming effect inside but not that bad. Guess this must be my gastrointestinal problem. One thing I realized is my bowel movement has changed and slightly having diarrhea symptom on the first 3 days. 

So to continue I completed taking a bottle of this wonderful “living water” within 3 days. The bowel movement has changed to normal. Then I feel lively and feel good, after all, not much of other side effect it seemed so far. Feeling fresh and my fatigue has reduced.

The amazing of this living microorganism beverage, is sharing "living water" by mean of doing charity like distributing, and sharing the grains or the beverage to other who may need it

The amazing part of it, these grains grows over time will keep multiplying more in each time during fermented. There after producing more grains, to get rid of the problem of overload with the grains, is to giving away as “gift” to friends.

The making procedure quite similar to “kombucha” 红茶菇菌”, was using the mother culture to produce the good bacterium solution for health.

You can also adding fruits to flavor like making enzyme probiotics drink, especially making young coconut water kefir is an ideal isotonic drink.

"Xue Lian Hua Kefir"“雪莲花乳酸菌 or Tibetan Kefir grains

The fact this Tibetan Xue Lian Hua or Tibetan kefir grains have 2 versions of making it. There are water kefir and milk kefir methods.

From the version of Malaysian and Taiwanese or other countries, with accordance to what the instructions of Malaysia styles of making it, they using the ingredients of unprocessed brown cane sugar and water for fermentation process. The Taiwanese and Tibetan styles are using the milk for Tibetan kefir culture like making kefir or yogurt drink. It changes it into the living food.

On what the researches and online information, this Tibetan kefir is rich in Vitamin B12, B1, and Vitamin K, it is legendary health benefits for treating and prevention of:

1) Boosts immunity system and enhance of body energy.
2) Regulates and relieve of fatigue.
3) Cures Liver disease.
4) Helps to dissolve gall bladder and kidney stones.
5) Controlling of skin disease like psoriasis and eczema. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
6) Treats inflammatory disease, it has anti-inflammatory properties.
7) Speeds up the process of healing bruises.
8) Treats Heart disease and blood cancer, cleans blood vessels.
9) Treats pancreatitis, gastrointestinal tract disease, gastric and stomach ulcer. 
10) Help and lessens the side effect of taken pharmaceutical antibiotics, cleans the body from antibiotics taken.
11) To maintaining youthful skin, for internal and external usage.
12) Strengthen hairs and prevent of gray hairs
13) Lower High cholesterol, lower LDL cholesterol and blood sugar level
14) To improve and restore micro flora digestion system relieves intestinal disorder, improve bowel movement and alleviate constipation.
15) Treats malignant ovarian cancer, stops the growth of cancer cells

How to make Xue Lian Hua Kefir with Brown Cane Sugar and water


  • 3 cups of Xue Lian Hua Kefir
  • Unprocessed Brown Cane Sugar 1 kg
  • 2.4 liter of Filtered water


  • No metal utensil
  • Plastic Mesh Strainer and spoon
  • Glass Jar

You can start with small quantity first. Just reduce the quantity and measurement.


1. Clean the glass jar or container and air dried. Wash the Xue lian hua Culture Starter with filter running water. Strain dry.

2. Fill in the Xue Lian Hua Culture Starter into the clean jar.

3. Use clean filter water to dissolve the brown sugar and diluted into sugar water.

4. Use the plastic mesh strainer to remove and get rid of the debris or dirt of the unprocessed brown sugar.

5. Pour in the filtered sugar water into the jar.

6. Cover with a clean cloth and fasten with rubber band. It allows the air flow in to produce oxygen and let the Xue Lian Hua Kefir culturing.

7. Store it in the container for at least 48 to 72 hours. It depends on the fermentation process and the Xue Lian Hua kefir yeast formation.

8. After 72 hours, pour out the solutions and strain it to another clean glass container or bottle. Keep in refrigerator.

9. Drink it with empty stomach, in the morning or before going to bed.

10.Wash the Xue Lian Hua Kefir culture. Repeat the same procedure from 1 to 9 again, repeat the step without washing the glass container.

11.You may wash the glass container after the 3rd fermentation.

Tibetan Xue Lian Hua Beverage /  雪莲花乳酸菌

Beauty Tips:

The charming part of it, after every 3 days, when washing the fermented grains, I keep this fermented grains rinsing water. It can be a natural skincare, as the skin softening for deep peeling, to brighten the skin complexion and lighten the spots on face and skin. And the best is to use as my bubble bath Aroma Softening solution for the whole body. The effect is as good as milk bath.

Recycle Tips: After rinsing the Tibetan Xue Lian Hua Kefir,  use the water for 
bubble bath gives you a refreshing and  rejuvenating bath.

Rules and few disciplines to follow:

Fermentation period and how to store:

  • Let it open without cover, just cover with a layer of gauze to allow the oxygen flow for fermentation process.
  • Store it in a cool and undisturbed place
  • Best to store at the room temperature
  • Ferment Period: at least 24 hours to about 72 hours.(In my experience, I found the fermentation period at 24 hours taste better and less sour, and also less alcohol produced).

Take note:

How to care for the Tibetan Xue Lian Hua Kefir:
  • When culturing with the brown sugar water kefir, it will multiply and producing more grains than the milk kefir. 
  • This Living organism is particular about cleanliness; avoid oil, and high temperature.
  • Do not use hands or touch with hands, with any aluminum or stainless steel spoon to stir it, must use plastic spoon, filter utensil or implements. Metals utensil will disturb the growth of the microorganism, and damaging the living kefir.
  • When the kefir is alive or culturing, during fermentation process, it will multiply more in ratio and depends.

Recommendation for consumption:

According to the instruction:
It should be taken with empty stomach for 20 days, then stop taking it for 10 days. But I had been taking it continuously daily, so far so good. And my preferable choice is to be taken before bed time.

Resting Period for Xue Lian Hua Kefir

How to keep:

During the resting period, wash thoroughly and keep the Tibetan Xue Lian Hua kefir in the clean Tupperware and freeze them in the freezer.


The live cell period of keeping Xue Lian Hua Kefir, not more than 3 months.

Before preparation (after resting period):

Take out from freezer and thaw it one day before culturing it, use a plastic sieve, and wash it under clean filter running water and non-chlorinated water, then culturing it in fresh milk or brown sugar.

My curiosity and wondering this amazing stuff which has been circulated to help others, not intention for sale, even though we have not seen the genuine plant seeds of it, it comes in “wet form”.

Moreover, if this is not so difficult to make, to passing on the goodness of its benefits, now I have duplicating the information, making it into bottling to distributing it, more to circulate it to those who may need it.

Seriously, trying any alternative natural healing please consult your doctor first. Do not base on my personal experiment. For sure, there are many other testimonials about this “Tibet Xue Lian Hua” kefir grains 雪莲花乳酸菌 has been circulating, and also publication on the local newspaper here in Malaysia and other countries as well.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Essence of Life ~ Porcupine Dates

For the past one week I had been away and spent my days in Hospital to look after my sick dad. The whole family is so exhausted and so hopeless seeing him in coma condition to brain dead condition. He was admitted Intensive Care Unit in coma and critical condition due to food poisoning and highly uric acid foods ingestion. The intestine containing e-coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria and which went into his blood, urine and brain cells. Plus his constants vomiting caused dehydration and lost of fluids. After heavy vomiting and the stomach acid have destroyed his esophagus becomes inflamed and sore.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Sea Bird Nest Orange Pudding

Sea Bird Nest in an orange. Have you ever tried Orange + Kamquat + Sea Bird Nest before? What if the orange comes with nutritious Sea Bird Nest, a refreshing Orange Kamquat mixed with Sea Bird Nest give you a low carb citrus delicious pudding dessert. (Know more about Sea Bird Nest ~ Eucheuma Cottonii Seaweed here)

Let’s start doing it:


  • 3 large Sunkist Oranges
  • 3 Kamquat (Kit Chai)
  • 1 bowl of soaked Sea Bird Nest (about 300g)
  • 100 ml of Pure Orange syrup
  • 2 tablespoon of rock sugar
  • 800ml of water


Sea Bird Nest

1. Wash Sea bird Nest in running water and soak it in a big bowl. Soak in water for about 3 to 4 hours.
2. Keep changing water for at least 4 to 5 times within the interval of 3 hours. Till it turns soft and expanded in shape.
3. After 3 hours of soaking, rinse with clean water, drain dry Sea Bird Nest.
4. Blends Sea Bird Nest with Juice Blender into fine paste form. 


1. Slide the orange into half.
2. Scoop out the orange flesh. Keep it in a bowl.
3. Keep the skin of orange to be used as Jelly Mould later.
4. Blend the orange flesh into juice.

Kamquat (Kit Chai)

1. Use the Juice blender to bend the Kamquat (kit chai) with skin. Keep aside for use.

Note: Kamquat peel gives the aroma of the fruit and it contains of essential oil and limonene.


1. Place water to boil.
2. Add in blended Sea Bird Nest and rock sugar till dissolved.
3. Pour in orange juice and kumquat juice, stir slowly till well mixed.
4. Cook for about 5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat. Spoon in the Orange Sea Bird Nest Pudding into the Orange Skin to let it set.
6. When cold keep in refrigerator. Chill and serve.


Plain sea bird nest (without flavor) can be cooked and keep in container to set into jelly form. keep it in the refrigerator.

For Hi-Fiber Fruit Blend:
Every morning take 1 big spoon full and add into your flavor fruit juices. It is really good for morning fruit juice flush, high fiber contains and helps in digestion and weight lost program. (If you can tolerate with raw taste of sea bird nest, it is much better in keeping its nutrients and enzymes content.)

For Cooking:
• A tablespoon of plain Sea Bird nest Jelly (cooked and set) can be used to thickening a broth in cooking, instead of using corn flour or starch. It gives valued nutrients to your dishes. 

Hope you can try it yourself and enjoy ! Simply Healthy dessert for you....

Caution Disclaimer:
Please note that all the home remedies, traditional medicinal herbs usage are not alternatives for medicine. Although home remedies, alternative healing, natural healing or any alternative health articles are natural, all information I presented here is based on traditional usage and collected for informational purposes only. Results may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For severe illnesses, do not cease taking any prescribed medications. It is recommended that you must consult or seek your physician’s advice before starting any alternative healing with home remedies or herbs with caution.

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