This highly nutrient dense soup mineralizes and strengthens the body while healing our digestive system. I credit nutrient dense broths for giving me increased stamina, beautiful skin, boosting my immune system, helping me balance out my thyroid and strengthening my adrenals. I notice a big difference when I consume it regularly and when I don't.
You can use a lot of different ingredients but the basics are: grass-fed beef bones, oxtail bones (for a gelatin rich broth), farm fresh organic herbs, a few veggies and different seaweeds. Another option: Use pasture raised chicken, neck and feet.
Ocean vegetables (seaweeds) are a great way to add more minerals to our diet, something we are often low on. Koreans traditionally give seaweed broth to mothers for the first 3 months after giving birth as a powerful restorative tonic.
This soup ends up having a very mild flavor because I use it as a base and sometimes drink it as a hot tea. If you want it to have a fuller body of flavor feel free to play around with ingredients and add more pungent flavors like garlic and onions.
- 1-2 lbs grassfed beef soup bones
- 1 lb grassfed oxtail bones
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (helps break down the bones and leech minerals into soup)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 5 celery sticks
- Your choice of herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano etc)
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1-3 inches of ginger (to your liking)
- 1 inch fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric
- 1/2 spicy small red pepper
- Your choice of seaweed (I used kombu and arame)
- Your choice veggies (I used carrots.)
- Salt (optional)
Place bones in crockpot or large pot, add filtered water, apple cider vinegar and place heat on low. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves and celery. Allow to cook for 1-2 hours, then skim the surface removing the fat that rises to the top & place it in another container. Allow to cook for 6-20 hours, adding water when needed. Add seaweed, ginger, turmeric, cumin and half of the herbs. Allow to cook for another 6 to 12 hours. Add veggies and the rest of the herbs, allow one more hour of cooking, remove from heat, store and consume! Optional: (Add fat back in! I do ;)