Medicinal Broths are perhaps the quintessential “food as medicine.” They can be used in detox regimens, to heal everything from the common cold to cancer, and as a delicious and fortifying part of your daily meals. Broths excel at nutrient extraction, then provide these nutrients in an readily absorbable form, which is what makes broth an ideal food for convalescence, post-partum, and chronic digestive system weakness. Want to forego taking all of those expensive vitamins? Drink a bowl of broth instead. There are a zillion potential recipes for broth, so we’re going to focus on the skeleton, the structure whereby great broth is formed, and leave the specifics to the spontaneous creative forces at work in your kitchen, including the season, what’s on hand, what needs healing, and your instincts. Our take is to follow a few basic rules, keep it simple, and experiment with different food, herb and spice combinations, never making the same broth twice.
This blog will explore ways in which we can keep ourselves healthy and treat disease NATURALLY. It will delve into the health issues of our times and offer tools and information to keep you empowered in making smart choices for you and your loved ones.
What’s a glass belly you ask?
To answer that we must turn to the ancient legend of China’s Divine Farmer, Shen Nong. He invented the tools and skills of agriculture, including the plow and controlled burning of forest underbrush. Shen Nong was part god, part man and so possessed a glass belly. He ate from all the plants, discerning which made good foods, which were poisonous, and which were effective medicines for different diseases. As he tasted them, he looked inside himself via his glass belly and saw the effects that each plant was having on his body’s health. He wrote his findings down by firelight at night, and compiled them into the first Chinese herbal materia medica which classifies and details the usage of over 400 medicinal substances.