I am very excited about broth for joints, digestion and for immune health. Bones and herbs together create a great deep immune and energy tonic. I decided to package the basic herbs with a page of instructions so anyone who can get some good bones of chicken, turkey, lamb or beef can make several months of immune support easily.
The herbs we use are Astragalus, Reishi, Maitake, Turkey Tails, Eleuthero, Burdock, Codonopsis, and Atractylodes. You can purchase several pounds of bones or save them from food prep. For this soup I use marrow bones rather than joint bones and feet which I use for making gelatin rich broth to feed my joints. Always be sure to use animals that have been as naturally raised as possible or are wild.
I bring the herbs and bones to a simmer on my cookstove starting with cold water and then transfer the soup to the crock pot just to give it a jump start. then I let it cook covered for 3 days. I check the water level and add when necessary. A crock pot has such even cooking that it is easy to just let it go. Of course on a woodstove you have to check the water level more frequently. then I strain out the bones and herbs anbd put the pot outside in the winter or in the fridge to get any fat to rise and harden which I then remove easily. Next I strain the soup through a coffee filter and put the liquid in ice cube trays and freeze. Then whenever I want a dose which is usually everyday I just pop out 1 or 2 cubes and warm on the stove and drink. it is delicious and fortifying.
it is great for anyone who has done too much and is rumming on empty, tends to get sick in the winter, has had a course of treatment, is elderly, post partum, a period of intense work or physical training.
A batch of the herbs which is 12 ounces will make about 12 cups of soup. That should last about 2 months.
the first time I made it I was going a long having one cube a day so I decided to have 4 cubes one morning. Wow, did I feel the energy and of course did too much, so be consistent and persistent and overtime you might feel renewed vigork, strength and well protected.
My name is Bonnie Bloom and I am a clinical herbalist. Plants give us clothing, shelter, food and medicine. They are an intrinsic part of our earth ecology, diverse and essential. They breathe our carbon dioxide and generously give us oxygen. Where would we be without them.