This is the easiest cold and flu remedy I have ever made. It’s so delicious, and so good for chasing away those aches and pains that come with a bad cold or even the flu.
Easy, Lazy Herbal Healing Broth
We all know how good chicken stock, aka “bone broth”, is when we’re sick, but it can take hours to make a really good stock. It can take between 8 to 24 hours to get a truly rich, stock with all that healthy gelatin extracted. You can almost feel yourself healing from the inside out when sipping on a well-made stock.
The magic is made by combining homemade bone broth with healing herbs. The herbs I picked are anti-inflammatory, immune-supporting, decongestant, and warming. While adding herbs to a simmering broth isn’t exactly revolutionary, the way I made it was.
For this broth, I made it all in my Instant Pot. Three hours start to finish. I didn’t have to watch or stir the pot either. In fact, while it was cooking, I took a nap.
Of course, you don’t have to have an Instant Pot. It will just take longer to make. A lot longer.
Bone Broth Methods
I’ve made stock on my gas stove, our cabin’s wood stove, in my slow cooker, and now in my Instant Pot. The wood stove was great, since no additional power was needed and the cabin smelled amazing. But the stockpot on either the wood stove and gas stove require a bit of attention. The slowcooker (Crockpot) required no attention, but still took a long time. However, using a slowcooker allowed the stock to simmer slowly for up to 24 hours without me lifting a finger.
The Instant Pot had the entire job done in a total of 3 hours, including time to build up pressure and cooking time. It also had a richer aroma and flavor than any other method.
What You Will Need
No matter which cooking method you use, you will need:
- Bones & bits: carcass, organs, skin, feet, etc.
- An Instant Pot (or a large pot for your stovetop, or a slowcooker)
- Water to cover the bones & bits
- Splash of vinegar (to extract minerals from the bones)
- Garlic- as much as you can stand
- Onion- 1/2 to 1 medium onion chopped
- Celery- 2 stalks chopped
- Ginger- a large rhizome, about the size of the palm of your hand
- Salt- 1-2 teaspoons celtic sea salt
- Black pepper- to taste
- Red pepper flakes- to taste
- Thyme- 3-4 tablespoons
- Astragalus- 3-4 tablespoons (leave out if you have an autoimmune disease, as astragalus is an immunostimulant)
Put everything in the Instant Pot. Cover with water and fill to the fill line (mine is 8 quarts). Set the Instant Pot for high pressure for 2 hours. It will take about an hour to come to pressure for the 8 quart size.
Go take a nap, spend an hour on Pinterest, maybe read some of my book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine. Come back when your Instant Pot beeps and release the pressure with the vent switch. After the pressure is released, strain and reserve your stock. Sip freely when feeling under the weather.
simmer for at least 8 hours, but no more than 24. Longer than that, or else the stock can take on an “off” flavor.
Ideally, you would have all fresh ingredients. Fresh garlic and fresh ginger are probably the most important ingredients to add fresh for potency. However, if you’re in a hurry, don’t want to chop an onion, or have a lot of the freeze dried or dehydrated foods on hand, go ahead and use them.
In the video below, I had made this broth with a left over turkey carcass from Christmas dinner. I also added a number of ingredients later so that I could save a less spicy version for my kids. (Originally posted with Facebook Live on my Herbal Prepper page on Facebook.)
I also took advantage of my pantry. I used a 1/2 cup of my Thrive Life freeze dried chopped onions and 1/2 cup of Thrive Life freeze dried celery. It was delicious and I didn’t have to spend any more time chopping vegetables. If you’re ready to start stocking up on long-term food storage, Thrive Life is the way to go. I am a Thrive Life consultant, and you can order Thrive Life foods through me at my Thrive Life online store.
Two items for the soup that I would strongly suggest not substituting if at all possible are the fresh garlic and the fresh ginger. The flavor would still be good with using garlic and ginger powders, but the powders won’t do much to help much to relieve a cold.
About the Instant Pot
For those who don’t know, the Instant Pot is a multi-function cooking appliance. It is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and a bunch of other things. It’s simply an amazing machine. I have the 8-quart Instant Pot Duo, which has 7 functions in one appliance. There is, however, a newer model, the 6-quart Duo Plus. This version has 9 functions.
I never got into pressure cooking because most pressure cookers I found were made from aluminum. Cooking in aluminum pots and pans has been linked to Alzeihmer’s disease. The Instant Pot has a stainless steal pot inside the appliance. Ever since I got it, I have been pressure cooking everything from whole frozen chickens to the most perfect hard cooked eggs. Now, I’m getting into making herbal remedies and extracts in it. Best kitchen appliance I ever bought.