Immune-Boosting + Healing Vegetable Broth
As we enter the darkest months of the year warm up with homemade vegetable broth. This broth is packed with immune-boosting nutrients and hydration. It's super simple and the set it and forget it method makes it easy to add this to your weekly winter roundup. You can use fresh ingredients, or your no-waste saved vegetable scraps stored in the freezer. Introducing my Immune-Boosting + Healing Vegetable Broth.
The recipe is almost so simple that there doesn't need to be a write-up. Seriously, any vegetables will do. I used tomato, onion, garlic, kale, dandelion greens, ginger, turmeric, shitake mushrooms, and chili peppers. Don't add the chili peppers if spicy isn't your thing, they give the broth a little kick, but not too hot though.
I do keep a base recipe of 6-8 garlic cloves, turmeric, ginger, and onion. From there I'll add in anything I have leftover in the fridge or from the no-waste veggie scraps I store in the freezer. I make this weekly and have committed to drinking at least 16oz a day to boost my hydration and keep sickness at bay this season. Since we use loads of veggies our scraps pile up fast, storing them in a brown paper bag or a compost bin in the freezer keeps things available for when I'm ready to sit and simmer.
In August I pledged to take really good care of my skin. We just moved to the desert and had access to a pool and hot tub at our complex - que dry skin. It started to finally cool down in November, many said to expect cooler temps by the end of September, but to no surprise, the sun kept on warming up in the valley. Once it got into the 70s my skin started to get dry.
I wasn't drinking my usual gallon of lemon water a day, on top of adding another 115 Fahrenheit hot Pilates class a week, I was squeezed dry. My shins developed an itchy rash, that broke the skin open, leaving me with red angry patches all over my legs. I was mortified and also a little crabby since it was hard to sleep with extreme awareness of my burning legs.
I got a good moisturizer, a desert living tip: you need summer, and a heavy-duty winter lotion on hand. We revved up the humidifier and I pledged to be better with hydration.
In pure synchronistic fashion, one of Michael's customers dropped off two large boxes of lemons. Citrus season is my favorite season of all! We squeeze a lemon into our water throughout the day, so message received. We also found a local orange grove to deliver a box of oranges a week for juicing, don't tempt me with a good juice!
Immune-Boosting + Healing Vegetable Broth, to the rescue.
Additionally, I reassessed what I've been eating the past month and noticed I naturally decreased my intake of raw vegetables, which was also affecting my hydration status.
Vegetable broth is great for the body to digest, assimilate, and utilize a bounty of mineral-rich nutrients. It is filled with antiviral and antibiotic properties and this healing broth can be added to any health regimen with success. Ginger and turmeric are both powerhouses for your liver and have been known to give you glowing skin and hair, I'm sold!
Do you make vegetable broth regularly? Find it helps keep your immune system strong throughout the winter? Let me know in the comments below. As always find me on Pinterest or Instagram at the bottom of this page, #BotanicalBarbara to let me see your creations! Here's to our happiness and health X, Barbara.
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