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Homemade bone soup stock or broth should become a staple for anyone who’s starting a journey of healing their digestive (gut) issues. Bone broth soup stock is also very healing and restorative when recovering from auto immune health issues.
Bone stock or broth might be about the last nutrition powerhouse that many are not aware of. Making bone broth from bones is very economical, they are dirt cheap. If you utilize all the bones from the meat you eat, you’ll be getting them free. The bones from turkey or chicken dishes is one example. You can get the bones from your butcher at a very low price as well.
You can make stock from any kind of bones including those from chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and fish. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to game meat, wild animals have some of the healthiest bones because they eat a diet that’s evolutionarily correct for their digestive systems. Their bones contain all the nutrients they need, and game makes delicious stock.
“Bone stock contains 2 important amino acids – proline and glycine – in addition to minerals and collagen.
- Glycine supports detoxification and helps the body synthesize collagen. It aids in wound healing and supports the release of growth hormones.
- Proline tightens and builds cell structures, strengthening them. A strong collagen structure heals leaky guts, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and improves the strength of skin and vein walls.
A good stock will be gelatinous after it has been cooled. Concentrated stock where a great part of the gelatin has been extracted from the bones will be thick and gelatinous when cold.
- It makes a wonderful cold weather drink straight from a mug, and works wonders when you’re feeling under the weather.
- It’s especially helpful for people dealing with digestive problems.
- Nutrients that we seldom get in our modern diets, such as collagen, gelatin and glucosamine, are extracted. These nutrients are some of the main building blocks of the digestive system and help it stay healthy.” Source: http://paleoleap.com/making-fresh-bone-stock/
Recipe for a great homemade stock
- Simply place a big bunch of bones in a stockpot, cover them with cold water and set the temperature on medium heat and let it come to a boil for 5 minutes only. Drain.
- Cover bones with fresh cold water and adjust temperature to medium, medium/low.
- Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar to the cold water to help draw the nutrients and minerals from the bones.
- If you have beef marrow bones, you can roast your them beforehand for 25-30 minutes at 375oF (190oC) and then use them to make your stock. This technique makes a much darker stock with a roasted flavor.
- You can easily mix things up and use bones from different animals all in the same pot.
Boil your bones for approximately 4 hours for chicken and fish and up to 6 hours for beer or larger bones. Keep checking to see that the bones remain covered and do not boil dry.
In the last hour of boiling your bones, add your package of herbs. See the article about the herbs used: http://www.doreenhill.com/herbs-to-use-in-bone-broths-for-prevention/. Some of the herbs in the package are edible, however it will be easier to strain the bones and herbs from your stock. Some people also like to cool the stock and remove the congealed fat that forms on the top. Leaving the fat or removing it is entirely your choice. If you use grass fed animals, the fat will be healthy for you.
Storing your stock
After your stock is cooked, it’s a good idea to cool it quickly because bacteria can multiply rapidly. You can also put the stock in small one cup containers and freeze remaining to ensure safety.
Once you’ve made this delicious liquid, you may find yourself using it in all kinds of recipes such as soups, stews, or drink it as a healthy broth. This is a sample of a delicious, nourishing soup. Having the herbs added to my homemade soups gives my body more energy and vitality.
This is a small sampling of herbs you can add to your stock pot when you prepare bones for a bone broth. Bone broth soups are very nourishing and health for the body. I have prepared individual use pouches of these herbs to make it easy for adding to your soup pot.
It is always a good idea to contact a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner before venturing out to purchase your herbs. Even though these herbs are considered “healthy foods” for some people, and their conditions, they may not be appropriate.
These herbals are only meant to enhance health and for prevention and are not for treating any active conditions.
For ideas on how to make your own bone broth, refer to this post. http://www.doreenhill.com/bone-broth-recipe/
For various substance and blood deficiency syndromes.
It is a key herb of tonifying blood and substance. For nourishing, because it can nourish kidney energy. Can be used for soreness of lumbar, spermatorrhea, seminal emission, spontaneous sweating, night sweat, deafness, blurred vision (due to deficiency of kidney energy).
For insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, and sallow complexion and for blurred vision due to liver and kidney deficiency.
It can tonify liver and kidney, and is skilled in improving vision. It is a commonly used herb for blurred vision and short sight and “floaters” in the vision due to liver and kidney deficiency.
Increases body fluids. Can be used for dry cough. It’s a herbal tonic for skin as it improves the complexion and also fights infection. It has an anti tumor effect and lowers LDL and increases collagen.
Huang Qi – Astragalus
Tonify digestion (spleen and stomach). Raises energy (QI) as in prolapses and tonifys lung function.
Tonifies blood in anemia, reduces edema and has a cardio-vascular effect.
Yu Zhu – Polygonatum Odorati
Moisturizes lung, stomach, and can be used for dryness. Good for irritability reduces night sweating, hunger and constipation.
Tonifies and nourishes blood, also can regulates menstrual cycle.
High in magnesium, copper, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, iron, tonifies blood, 20 times more Vitamin C as in other fruits, lowers blood pressure, treats liver disharmony and constipation.
Wood (Jew’s) ear is a VERY important food for us that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet. It is especially beneficial for blood, as it can nourish, activate, and clean the blood all at once. It deeply nourishes the deepest fluids of the body, counteracts high cholesterol, increases body fluids, and adds moisture to the lung.
Contains vitamin K, which helps prevent blood coagulation, thrombosis, and embolism. Regular consumption can help prevent atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. It’s rich in iron, as well as cellulose and a special plant collagen. Cellulose and collagen together can promote intestinal fat/food excretion, prevent constipation, and help the body to remove toxic substances.
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