Growing up I remember watching on TV people bringing people soup when they were sick. Now with being an adult, whenever I make a soup I often reminisce of these shows and think about how can I make this soup a healing and supportive contribution for those who will be hopefully enjoying it.
Over the last month or so, with the up and down weather patterns we have been having here in Minnesota, I’ve had much more opportunity to make soups and practice my skills with the various common healing herbs found in the kitchen, as well as some not-so-common ones. The nice thing is that you can now easily find Bone Broths in most grocery stores, and this is easily used to create a quick, healthy soup in just a few minutes. Here is an example of the healing-style soup I’ve made recently, with many options as I change it up each time I make it. While this recipe has many ingredients listed – it is actually very easy, sometimes I might leave some out, or add others in, based on what I have in the cupboard and what I and the people who will be eating have going on. Notice I don’t put much of each herb in, and instead, we are infusing the benefits of the herbs into the oil at the beginning which will also help to bring it deeper into the body. Additionally, I use a nice blend of plants and herbs that naturally contain a variety of cannabinoids to help influence the endocannabinoid system which helps with homeostasis for the entire body.
Prep Time: about 10 or 15-minutes
Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes
Total Time: 40-45 minutes
Start with a big pot, 4-quart or larger on low heat. Start by adding the ghee and oil, and once the ghee has melted then add in the herbs, stirring occasionally and at the end adding the veggies and mushrooms. Take your time, and while putting in each ingredient, think about how this soup will be healing for all that eat it. Feel joy in yourself while making it, and maybe do a little prayer over the dish once everything is in there.
Side Notes: Sometimes I’ll add beets (if people are feeling heavy/lethargic, have a blue tinge to their tongues, or spleen-type issues, or iron deficiency issues). If someone has blood sugar issues/diabetes, I might add in 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Sometimes I might also add cubes of squashes like Zucchini or Acorn or other things I have around. The big thing to realize… a little bit of each herb, when infused into the oil, can have a big effect overall and so a little bit goes a long way (like the other day I added just a little bit of lemon peel, but you couldn’t taste it because it was only 1/4 tsp and the other flavors helped to mask it). Additionally, many herbs work synergetically together. The flavors I want to come out more, like the rosemary, sage, and thyme (more the traditional flavors of a midwestern soup), I put a little bit more in so those flavors are more apparent.
Once the herbs are infused into the oil… about the time that you start smelling the herbs opening up, turn the burner on High and add the broth and other ingredients. Keep on High until the broth begins to boil. Once this comes to a boil, turn to a Medium-Low or Low for about 20 to 30-minutes or so… basically enough time for the soup to heat up and its flavors to meld together.
Side Notes: Sometimes I’ll add (once I put in the broth) a frozen chicken breast, or thigh after adding in the broth (and remove shortly before it’s done to chop up and then re-add it to the soup), or maybe some shrimp or possibly fish.
Overall, don’t be afraid of making a nice healing soup for you, your family, or even your neighbors or coworkers. Realize — food is medicine, and if you know the properties of the various things you put into something, you can work on enhancing your meal for you and your loved ones, and while the soup likely won’t completely fix an issue, it can go a long way in being a supportive contribution to better health and wellness.
Written by: SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT. SchaOn is a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioner in the State of Minnesota working with a wide range of clients who want to Access their Awesomeness… Naturally. He specializes in working with clients (people) with where they are at in their wellness and knowledge base and has a diverse base of training to pull from including Esogetic Holistic Medicine / Colorpuncture, to basic Ayurvedic Medicine, some Western Herbalism, and much more.