Pathfinder Kitchen: my path to healing food, begins at home
Bone broth is a powerful elixir for healing the body and restoring gut function. Almost every culture across the globe has been cooking up bone broth for centuries. At my clinic, I often prescribe eight Chinese healing herbs to support the digestive system, build blood and Qi, and strengthen the immune system. You can add these same herbs to your bone broth at home to increase your energy, calm your heart, and bring your immune system on-line like never before.
Chinese medicine is based on the concept of being in harmony with the seasons. As we head into the beginning of winter, our bodies crave warm nurturing foods. Bone broths contain a powerful, easy to digest, combination of vitamins, minerals, collagen, and omega-3 rich fats. Preparing the broth only takes a few minutes. The magic happens in the long simmer which slowly extracts rich nutrients, amino acids, as well as collagen, proline, and glutamine found in the marrow of bones.
winter broth elixir
"Add these 8 medicinal herbs to your broth and they will increase your energy, warm you up for winter, calm your mind and supercharge your immunity."
Here’s a quick breakdown
of how these herbs work to help you
stay healthy in the winter months:
Hong Ren Shen
This is Chinese medicine’s most famous adaptogen. That means it can both pick you up when your tired and calm you down when your stress levels throw you into fight or flight.
(Lily Bulb) 8g
This herb calms the heart, nourishes the lungs, and anchors the spirit
He Huan Pi
(Albizzia Bark) 15g
Calms the spirit, eases the mind and reduces stress. This herb is one of the best to free up the relaxed part of yourself that takes action without over questioning. That is why it’s in the formula called “free and easy wanderer”.
Gou Qi Zi
(Goji Berry) 12g
These sweet berries provide high levels of micronutrients, increase athletic performance, and support sleep.
Sheng Di Huang
Increases lung function, supports the blood and bones, increases bone strength and is a general tonic.
(Astragalus Root) 12g
This herb is a powerful immune booster, and long chain polysaccharide (super sugar) that increases energy output and knocks out early onset viruses.
(Angelicae Sinensis) 6g
Balances hormones, increases energy, increases microcirculation, supports digestion, and can reduce pain.
(cinnamon twig) 6g
This gentle, warming herb supports digestion, promotes the circulation of energy, stabilizes blood sugar and supports immune function.
Make your own super healing bone broth!
Pathfinder Bone Broth Recipe:
Pathfinder bone broth supercharge herb packet.**
2-3 pounds of pasture-raised, grass-fed beef bones
filtered or spring water
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 cups of vegetable scraps - (the part of the celery, onion, turnip and carrots that you don’t want to eat even though you could)
2 stalks of celery
1 small bunch of parsley
Prepare the Bones!
(best done with an evil laugh)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bones on a foil-lined tray. Roast bones for 1 hour, uncovered, until brown on all sides, turning every 20 minutes.
Once the bones are prepared:
1. Add bones to a stockpot or place in a slowcooker. Cover with 2-4 quarts of cold water (depending on the size of your pot).
2. Set aside the medicinal herbs and add all remaining ingredients, including the apple cider vinegar
3. Slowly bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer gently
4. Simmer on low heat 6-24 hours. Add more boiling water if necessary, in order to keep bones covered.
5. Skim surface to remove scum and impurities while simmering
6. During the half last hour of cooking, add the medicinal herbs, keeping aside the Gui Zhi (cinnamon bark) for the last 5 minutes.
7. Strain, then allow the broth to cool
8. Store in glass containers in the refrigerator
9. Use or freeze within 3 days