Enhance Bone Broth Soups With Essential Oils

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Chicken soup for the [insert ailment here].

In our culture, chicken soup is often referred to as a tool used to fight the common cold. Its track record speaks for itself. Get a cold, mom makes chicken soup, cold symptoms reduce. There’s surely more that goes into it than that, but you get the idea.

What makes chicken soup so great for health? Let’s break it down. It seems nobody is rushing to crush a pound of carrots, celery, and chicken themselves to fight colds. The herbs might have something to do with it, but why not just put the same herbs on whatever else you were going to eat? Soup is warm, maybe it helps because it’s warm? My coffee is also warm, but there’s no book titled “Coffee for the soul” (if there was it would likely have a very different message!). If you read the title of this post, you may see where this is going. It’s the stock/broth!

The benefits from making and consuming broth are ranging:

Another great bone broth piece: Top 5 Reasons Why Bone Broth is the Bomb

We started making bone broth consumption a regular thing with our family when we did a 30-day Wahl’s Protocol Challenge. The Wahl’s Protocol suggests making bone broth consumption a regular part of your diet, and let me tell you, it was quite possibly my favorite diet change. As our diets have laxed a little (okay fine, a ton, but in my defense…pizza!), we’ve still continued to make bone broth soups and it makes all the difference. On weeks where we didn’t have time to prepare a stock/broth, I miss it dearly. For me, it’s the perfect way to start the day as it keeps me feeling satiated and alert throughout the day, plus all that other good stuff.

There are a handful of bone broth soup recipes in The Wahl’s Protocol book and we’ve tried them all. They’re all super easy to make when using essential oils. Many of Dr. Wahl’s recipes call for fresh, grated ginger, but I’m sorry Terry, who has time to shave off and grate fresh knob? See, I have this thing with peeling/shaving fruit and veggies. It annoys me more than it should. I’m not proud.

Here are my family’s favorite bone broth recipes and where we substitute Essential Oils and cut the prep time in half! For each recipe, we combine all ingredients into our magic Ninja Blender blend for 1 minute, and then heat on low heat until it reaches the desired temperature. Each of these recipes make 2 big servings. Half it if you just want to make soup for 1.

Carrot Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup of carrots (#pro-tip: buy a bag of baby carrots and just use 4-5 baby carrots to save yourself the time of chopping fresh carrots)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: 2-4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil – Lemon is not included in the original recipe, but we’ve experimented a bit and find that it is a nice change of pace, lightening the flavor profile

Red Pepper Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup of chopped red pepper
  • 2-3 drops of Black Pepper Essential Oil – not part of the original recipe, but this adds a very nice bit of complexity
  • Salt to taste

Avocado Bone Broth Soup:

  • 2 cups of bone broth
  • 2/3 to a full can of Coconut Milk
  • 2 small avocados (don’t forget to remove the seed!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 3-6 drops of Ginger Essential Oil – Replaces the 2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger and 10 minutes of your life!
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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