Homemade bone broth and soup is a highly nourishing and restorative food medicine. Often used in China for restoring heath from various deficient conditions as well as postpartum. It is warm and sweet and is said to restore the yin and blood of the body. It's by this action that it also has an emotionally grounding effect on the body. The marrow from the bones contains many building blocks, minerals and many other nutrient rich substances for our immune system and blood.
The gelatin from gelatinous meats around the joints and the minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium are slowly broken down into an easily digestible form that is absorbed easily even among those that suffer from poor digestion. It benefits digestion and helps to feed and repair the gut walls, whose health is important for the nervous system and immune health. The marrow contains immunoglobulins which give the immune system support. This is how it is also said to have the ability to treat many different types of allergies. Allergies quite often come from poor digestive health.
The broth is also high in glycine, proline and amino acids. These substances also support the immune system as well as have anti inflammatory actions, water regulation support, as well as support healthy growth of skin, hair, nails and joints.
In postpartum broths help to aid the new mother in restoring her health by strengthening her yin, Qi and blood. All of which are integral in supporting healthy lactation.
1 Marrow bone &/or Organic chicken carcass
2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
Water to cover
1 large onion
2 celery sticks
1 punnet or a handful of dried shiitake
1 bunch parsley
a few slices of ginger &/or turmeric
Place marrow bones or chicken carcass (or both) in a pot with water. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This helps to loosen the minerals from the bones.
Roughly chop veggies and add with pepper corns, Himalayan salt, ginger &/or turmeric.
Cook on simmer for 12 to 24 hours, the longer you cook the better.
Allow to cool then scoop out fat and drain out the bones, herbs and vegetables.
The strained liquid is your broth you can drink it alone, between meals, with meals or you can us as you would as a stock in your cooking.
Try to consume 2-3 times a day.
Variations with beneficial herbs can be added;
For boosting Blood and Qi:
For a weak stomach and digestion:
To calm the mind:
Feed and boost the microbiome:
Once cooled for consuming try adding liquids from fermented vegetables to add beneficial bacteria or 1-2 spoonful’s of kefir. To test the right temperature dip your finger in, if it does not burn than the bacteria will be able to tolerate this heat and will not be killed off.