Why You Need Bone Broth

Homemade broth is a wonderfully delicious and nutritious medicinal food that will strengthen the body, nourish the blood, benefit the immune system (especially during the cold season) and help prevent bone and connective tissue disorders. It is filled with minerals (such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium), gelatin, other health boosting components such as glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as keratin, hyaluronic acid an many more which benefit the body as a whole and as well as the bones, skin, teeth, hair, nails and joints. It is very nourishing and supportive to the entire digestive system, improving the healing and lining of the GI tract, which is critical when healing from chronic conditions and/or auto immune diseases. Digestive issues have also been linked to may neurological and mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, dementia and autism. I have also found it to be very helpful for the healing of eczema and other skin disorders. It is superb for beauty, fertility, pregnancy and babies.

The broth may taken as a snack, a light meal or used to cook vegetables, grains or meat. It may also be as a base for other nutritious soups. I usually keep half in the fridge which lasts for about a week and then freeze the rest in 8oz mason jars.

How to Make Bone Broth (Easy & Tasty TCM version)

4-5 lbs of bones (chicken, beef, lamb or any combination)

Juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 c of wine,  or 1 T cider vinegar (choose one of these acid options)

2-4 carrots chopped

2-4 ribs of celery chopped

1 onion quartered or chopped

2-4 cloves garlic

peels of any of the above

handful of green herbs such as parsley (add any favorites, marjoram, thyme, tarragon or whatever looks good in the garden or at the farmers market). You may wish to add the fresher herbs like parsley during the last 30 minutes of cooking to keep the flavor bright.

A small handful of Chinese Herbs such as Ginseng (I like American Ginseng), Dang Gui, Dang Shen, Huang Qi or Chen Pi may be added to increase the medicinal properties of the broth.

Directions:

Combine everything in a crock-pot or a large dutch oven
cover with water
bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer
cook for 12-24 hours.

Remove scum as it arises.
Add hot water as necessary to keep the bones submerged.
It is done when the bones are soft and crumble when pressed.
Strain and pour into jars.
The broth will thicken and gel as it cools.
A layer of fat may harden on the top and this can be removed and discarded or used for cooking.

Enjoy!

DIY Natural Sunscreen for Summer Days

There is nothing quite as lovely as a long late summer day at the beach. I love the warm salty water, the sun on my skin, the shade of the striped umbrella, the sound of the waves, the freckles, the smoothies, the watermelon, etc. Most of all I love the way we allow ourselves to embrace the present moment when it is absolutely too hot to do anything else. Since having children my experience at the beach is less novel reading and more applying sunscreen, surrendering the sand in and on everything (I do put up a good fight though), and finally watching the way my daughter is completely filled with contagious happiness from head to toe. She does, however, have the palest skin I have ever seen and there is only so much that umbrellas, hats, rash guards and swimsuits can do, so sunscreen is a must. I opted to skip all the toxic chemical stuff and make my own. It came out so great! It works better than anything else I have used (very water resistant). It is amazingly nourishing for the skin and has the added benefit of making you or your little one smell like chocolate. Here’s the basic recipe.

DIY SUNSCREEN
2 ounces beeswax
2 ounces cocoa butter
2 ounces coconut oil (or 1 ounce coconut and 1 ounce shea butter)
2 ounces liquid oil (I use a combination of Jojoba, argan and carrot seed which all have natural SPF properties)
2 ounces non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide
Kitchen scale
Double boiler (I use a glass bowl over a small pot of simmering water)
Squeeze tubes
You can get all these ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs except the Zinc which you can get here.

Homemade sunscreen method
Finely grate the beeswax and weigh out 2 ounces of the grated bits.
In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil until liquid. Remove from heat.
Slowing whisk in the zinc, stirring until all lumps are gone. When this mixture is slightly cooled, stir in the liquid oil until well combined.
Use a butter knife to scoop the sunscreen into the squeeze bottles. Or store in a glass jar with a lid.