The Healing Benefits of Bone Broth Soup October 14, 2013 • 2 Comments [With the cooler fall weather settling in and seasonal colds on the rise, I thought it’d be a good time to dust off my post on the healing benefits of bone broth soup.] If I had known about bone broth three years ago, I might have saved myself (and my poor stomach) some grief. I know about it now, so I thought I would share it with you. It would have been nice to have this to sip on during the turmoil when I didn’t feel like eating. Since I started consuming bone broth on a regular basis, I have noticed a big difference in my skin, and my joints don’t feel as achy. The Internet is bursting with the benefits of bone broth, and it all mirrors the sage advice of our wise grandmothers who knew to administer chicken soup to heal an ailing body. It is a veritable treasure chest of goodness: collagen, minerals and amino acids. Once you gather all the ingredients, it is simple to make, although it requires some stove time. A crockpot would be handy if you have one. Put on your apron, if you are so inclined, and dial up some music to get you in the mood, and before you know it your stock pot will be simmering away. Beef Bone Broth Soup Recipe 1 ½ to 2 pounds beef bones 4 Quarts water 4 Carrots, chopped 1 Onion, chopped 5 Stalks celery, chopped 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar – very important for extracting the nutrients 1 Tablespoon salt and pepper Place all ingredients in an enameled cast iron pot and set to high heat. Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to low so the broth can simmer. Allow to cook for 24 to 48 hours, the longer the better. Turn the stove off and allow the stock to cool. Strain into a bowl and then pour into glass jars. The fat will congeal at the top and can be discarded when you are ready to consume it. Store in the refrigerator or freeze into ice cube trays for easy use. I found a cool butcher shop here in La Jolla, CA and they cut the bones to size. Have them cut small for maximum nutrient extraction. I brown them first in the oven for about thirty minutes because I think it gives the broth a richer taste, but it is not mandatory. The beauty of broth is that you can be creative with the vegetables and herbs you add to enhance the nutrients. This is what the fat looks like after refrigeration. The final product is body-healing broth. Bone broth is a nourishing tonic to have on hand, especially if you are experiencing stressful times. I would love to hear if it is helpful to your healing process. -db Who is Dianna Bonny? Hi, my name is Dianna Bonny. It’s my mission to candidly share my journey with you. For me, it’s all about the healing: to create a radiant healing energy for others who have befallen a similar fate. Together, we can forge beautiful lives of belonging and connection. Thanks for joining me today! I look forward to hearing from you.