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the magic broth.

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In the winter, we naturally crave warming soups and grounding, nourishing foods. This season, because of some physical challenges, I've personally been craving more medicinal foods.  And nothing is more nourishing and healing than a cup of warm bone broth. I like to create a big powerful batch of it by adding immunizing, adaptogenic and tonic herbs. I either use it as a base for any soups, stews or legume dishes or I simply sip it at any time of day. 

This immune boosting bone broth recipe is rich in minerals like iron and calcium as well as gelatin which improves digestion, nutrient absorption and skin glow. It's also easily digestible, helps heal the gut and reduces inflammation.  And if that wasn't enough, it even contains collagen, making it a radiance beauty food too! 

Ingredients

broth base:

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1-2 poultry carcasses or beef
  • 2 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar ( to help the breakdown of minerals from the bones)
  • 1/2 celeriac
  • 1 cup carrots ( you can also add celery, garlic and onions - I have not added these to mine because I cannot eat them!)

nutritrive herbs:

  • 1 tbs calendula flowers
  • 1 tb horsetail
  • 1 tbs nettles

immune, adaptongenic and tonic herbs:

  • 1 burdock fresh root
  • 1 slice reishi mushrooms
  • 1 cup shitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup maitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbs ashwagandha

herbs + seasonings

  • a few sprigs of rosemary + thyme
  • 2" fresh turmeric root or 1 tsp powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt + freshly ground pepper

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a large slow cooker. I personally use the Instant Pot Cooker because I can just leave it on and go on with my daily routine without having to think about it. And, by the time I come home, my food is ready.

You can also use a normal pot. Just bring the water to a boil and simmer over low heat up to 3 days for extra medicinal power.

When done, strain and use as desired. I like to freeze it in small batches and use it as stock and base for many of my dishes. I separate them into small containers and I also put some in ice trays.

It's delicious with a splash of ume plum vinegar (one of my pantry staples), a sprinkle of microgreens and some radishes. Or sip it from a cup completely pure with a little salt on a cold winter's day.

You can adapt the recipe to the herbs that you like and what you have at hand. The only purpose of this guide is to make an old traditional healing recipe more current.

If you want a vegan version, just leave the bones out. Although you will miss out on the healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine and glutaminethem. The possibilities really are endless with this recipe!

Other ingredients you can use: Oat straw, seaweed, astralagus root, codonopsis root

I like to get my herbs at the farmer's market at Union Square. There is a beautiful farm that carries wonderful medicinal herbs. If this is not available to you, a great resource for herbs is www.mountainroseherbs.com . They have a huge selection of organic herbs in bulk at really good prices. You won't get the fancy cute packaging that some of the trendy brands have but you will be getting excellent quality.