HOW TO MAKE

HERBAL BONE BROTH

Blurring the lines quite pleasingly between food and medicine, herbal broths are a seasonally-adaptable staple sure to keep you feeling nourished all year round. Sip it on its own, braise your greens with a generous splash, simmer your morning eggs in a small amount, or use it to boost both the flavor and nutritional content of any simple soup.  Extremely rich in easily assimilable proteins, gelatin, and minerals this herbal bone broth supports joint health, brings resilience to the immune system, nourishes essential intestinal flora, and does so much more depending on the herbs you choose to include.  Enjoyed daily and shared generously, this soul-satisfying broth will truly become one of your favorite foods as well as your best medicine!
 
 
Read on to find out about the best herbs for making broth
and learn our super simple process for preparing this nourishing staple at home!
 

I N G R E D I E N T S

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O N E    T H I R D    P O U N D    B O N E S
 
Marrow Bones, often sold as dog bones in the freezer section
of your local co-op are a great and affordable choice, as well as totally safe
for human consumption as far as I know.  I also keep a container in the freezer
that I put any bones from my meals in.  I then add these to the broth as well.
 
For a heartier, richer broth, roast all bones in the oven at 425 °
until they smell rich and turn a couple shades darker.
 
For a vegetarian broth, omit bones and substitute
a handful of your favorite seaweed or mushrooms.
 
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C H I C K E N    F E E T
 
Chicken Feet, also called Chicken Paws are an optional, inexpensive,
and collagen-rich addition to any broth.  Including them will also make you
feel 100% like a witch and transform your stock pot into a legit cauldron.
 
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Q U A R T E R    C U P    A P P L E    C I D E R    V I N E G AR
 
An addition optional addition to help maximize mineral extraction 
 

P R O C E S S

Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot
or crock pot and cover with spring water.
 
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If using a stock pot, bring to a low boil then reduce to a bare simmer. Simmer for
twelve to forty-eight hours, remaining mindful of and replenishing the water level.
 
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If using a crock pot, cook covered on high setting for one hour
then reduce to low setting for twelve to forty-eight hours.
 
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Allow to cool and then strain carefully into large jars or tupperware.
Freeze until needed or refrigerate and use within a week and a half.


 

H E R B A L   A D D I T I O N S

The categories below offer a simple framework for creating a customized formula tailored to meet your needs.  Include as many or as few herbs as you feel called to.  For a balanced formula, choose at least one from each of the following categories along with a couple from the seasonal categories.  There is no right or wrong way to make broth.  Be mindful when using strong tasting or bitter herbs and include them only in small quantities so that the overall flavor of your broth is not altered too considerably.  Similarly, if you choose to include aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc. – use them sparingly so as not to overwhelm the formula.

I M M U N I T Y

Astragalus

Elderberry

Reishi

Shitake

Rosehip

Turkey Tail

H E A R T

Hawthorn

Reishi

Rose

Tulsi

Chaga

E N E R G Y 

Tulsi

Nettle Seed

Codonopsis

Dong Quai

Eleuthero

Tulsi

M I N E R A L

Nettle

Raspberry Leaf

Horsetail

Red Clover

Oatstraw

S E A S O N A L

S P R I N G

Nettle

Chickweed

Dandelion Leaf

Fireweed

Cleavers

Violet

Henbit

A U T U M N

Rosehip

Elderberry

Hawthorn

Dandelion Root

Burdock Root

Astragalus

Shitake

S U M M E R

Tulsi

Plantain

Comfrey Leaf

Marshmallow Root

Raspberry Leaf

Red Clover

Horsetail

W I N T E R

Reishi

Codonopsis

Dong Quai

Hawthorn

Eleuthero

Wood Ear

Oatstraw

Garden Party