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How To: Immunity 🌿 Broth and Tonic

Please keep in mind that this recipe serves as a foundation. If you feel the call to substitute another vegetable or herb, please do as you feel called. As I believe, we each know what is best and needed - if only we pause to listen/feel/know/hear.

 

It always begins with a backstory for me...

At age 3 and 9, I received a Flu vaccine that almost killed me. Not to mention the wisdom tooth removal that went septic to my heart - after receiving a vaccine to 'protect' the tooth infection. What happened exactly? My body was and is simply not use to medications, vaccines, and harmful toxins. Growing up, my parents believed in food and plants as medicine. And it didn't hurt that human mother studied Herbalism, Ayurveda, Flower Essences, power of the mind, ie.

20 years after my last Flu shot, I have mastered Immunity Tonics Teas Infusions, Elderberry Syrup, Sovereign Silver, Oregano Oil and other masterful approaches to building the Immune System. Most importantly, building a strong sense of consuming seasonally and organically grown foods. Mostly, in our edible gardens. Because of this, I can happily say that I have not experienced the Flu since. #knockonwood

A WEE BIT ABOUT THIS IMMUNITY BROTH

It wasn't until a few years back (after wisdom tooth NDE) that I began brewing up Immunity Broth in exchange for Vegetable Broth. Truly, they are one in the same. Just, with a significant intention and constitution to be power packed with Immunity healing herbs and plants.

STORAGE

Depending on storage space and need, we store our Immunity Broth two ways.

  • Freezer: If doing so, please leave a half inch to one inch gap at the top of your jar, when pouring in your liquid gold OR your container could explode.. speaking from experience
  • Canning Broths: Place in your pantry or Root Cellar.  Personally, this is my preferred go to, as our freezer is small and hosts a month worth of homemade Cat and Dog food. So, choose wisely based on space. Especially, if you are similar to me and prepare for a month to months at a time.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • This recipe is large + in charge. You will need multiples or one large container (depending on if you follow ratios below). Personally, I recommend Half Gallon Mason Jars.

Immunity 🌿 Broth

☆ A selection of medicinal mushrooms: 5-6 slices of reishi, 7-10 shitake, 1 large maitake (could also add in turkey tail) to total 1-2 cups

☆ 1/2 cup of astragalus root 

☆ 1 bunch of celery, chopped

☆ Six to ten carrots, sliced

☆ 1 large yellow onion or shallot(s), sliced

☆ 1 large garlic bundle

☆ 11 cups of water - adding up to three cups of additional H20 while simmering

☆ 1 bunch of Parsley

☆ 3-5 springs of sage or 1/2 cup dried sage

☆ 2 (3 inch) turmeric roots, sliced

☆ 2 (4 inch) ginger roots, sliced

☆ Orange Zest + Peel 

☆ Lemon Zest, Peel & Sliced

☆ Himalayan Salt & Pepper to taste

☆ Optional add-ins could be: nettles, echinacea, feverfew, burdock, cilantro, or additional seasonal herbs

DIRECTIONS

☆ Combine plants in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Cover, and let simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours. Keep an eye on the water levels; I tend to add up to three additional cup of H20 throughout the simmer. Once the time is up, remove from heat and strain through a strainer or cheesecloth. Personally, I first strain and then use the cheesecloth to squeeze the goodness out of the remaining plants.

Please keep in mind that this recipe serves as a foundation. If you feel the call to substitute another vegetable or herb, please do as you feel called. As I believe, we each know what is best and needed - if only we pause to listen/feel/know/hear.

If you enjoyed this recipe, please share it with a loved one. The world needs more understanding and access to making for ourselves - by relying less on others to do for us and accessing the power of plants. I believe it is our duty to share with one another on ways to heal and THRIVE!

May you grow through whatever is on your heart today,

Dix

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