Bone Broth ~ it’s so much more than a trendy food ~ its FULL of healing goodness. Have you ever heard of it? Have you made it? SAVE THOSE TURKEY BONES!!! I make it often for my family and there are many variations, ’cause that’s me. Rarely make a recipe the same way, but see it as more of a guideline!
Today I want to share another version: Medicinal Mushrooms Healing Broth
I first learned of this particular ‘brew’, from dear friend and herbalist Kate Gilday, who lives in the Adirondacks, New York state. Kate has been a great inspiration for me, over many years of study. She operates Woodland Essence Kate and her company collect many of the mushrooms from ‘her’ forest and otherwise use only top quality medicinal mushrooms from trusted local suppliers.
Bone Broth is a wonderful uplifting, supporting food, best enjoyed often. As ‘they say’… Let’s kick it up a notch… Add medicinal mushrooms, collected ethically from the forest.. and you have just that.. A super nutritious, nourishing, immune-enhancing broth which herbalists suggest for people post chemotherapy and other cancer treatments or folks who are very debilitated due to ongoing chronic illness. My family and I enjoy this broth with medicinal mushrooms weekly and I believe it’s another route to supporting immune system health! One doesn’t need to NEED this broth to enjoy and benefit from it.
Here’s how to make Medicinal Mushrooms Healing Broth:
Note: Before we get started. I make my own healing bone broth in a large stainless steel stock pot or in a large crock pot. This particular recipe requires steeping the bones and mushroom mix for 3 days. When I use this stove-top method, I simmer all day and turn off for a few hours overnight and then simmer some more! When I can, I make use of my large crock pot and allow to sit on the counter atop a thick board, for the 56-72 hours required.
Ok. Let’s get started.
To make this wonderful Medicinal Mushrooms Healing Broth:
- Bones from free-range turkey or chicken (or wild venison)
- Apple cider vinegar (just a splash) ~ or lemon juice if you prefer
- Pure water
- Mushroom mixture**
- Onions, garlic, carrots, celery ~ all organic
- Optional: dash of good quality Tamari (low sodium if possible) or Sea Salt
- : To 'up' the protein -->Gelatin from pasture-raised animals^^
- Crock Pot Method: (aka Slow Cooker)
- Put the bones and in the crockpot and cover with water.
- Turn on to high for an hour, then turn down to low.
- Add the mushroom mixture**
- Add water when needed. The liquid should always cover the bones/mushrooms
- Simmer for minimum 56 hours.
- Add the onions and other flavour enhancing organic veggies.
- After 72 hours, strain.
- Reserve liquid. Allow to cool.
- Pour into ice cube trays.
- Put the bones into a large stock pot and cover with good quality water.
- Bring to a quick boil and then turn the heat down.
- Add the medicinal mushrooms**
- Allow to simmer for minimum of 56 hours.
- Add more water as needed.
- (When I am making this brew, I shut off stove for a few hours while sleeping…
- … and then get up early to add more water and continue simmering!)
- Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic
- Simmer for another 20-24 hours.
- Allow to cool a bit and then strain.
- Reserve the liquid.
- Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze.
- After frozen, turn out ice cubes into small freezer bags with labels, or store in glass containers
- Every crockpot is different, so adjust heat setting as necessary while the stock cooks. A gentle simmer is okay, but definitely avoid a 'rolling boil'.
^^ Gelatin from pasture-raised beef. Purchase online from Vital Proteins:
Vital Proteins Collagen Protein, Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin, 32 oz. (2 lb)
You can search for and find excellent quality medicinal mushrooms and make your own blend, of course. I am sharing this particular combination, as both Kate and myself, and literally hundreds of other herbal practitioners, use this specific formula. (I am not involved with Kate’s company.
I do believe in her products so am sharing this info, hoping you will find it helpful)
The 12 oz package contains 3 types of medicinal mushrooms
plus 4 powerful herbal allies.
Activity of mushrooms and herbs in this formula:
Red Reishi (Ganoderma tsugae or luciidum)
Cardiotonic, immunosupportive, hepatoprotective, anti-tumor, adaptogen, antibacterial,
anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol.
Adenosine, found in Reishi inhibits platelet aggregation and thrombocyte formation, increasing blood flow through vasodilation.
Shitake (Lentinula edodes)
Immune modulation, tumor inhibition, adaptogen, anti-viral, hepatoprotective,
lowers serum cholesterol and blood pressure, soothes bronchial inflammation,
Turkey Tails (Corioulus versicolor)
Immunostimulant–> stimuates T-cell and macrophage activity, and induces interferon release,
anti-tumor, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antbiotic activity. Used in hepatitis treatment.
Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceous)
Adaptogen, tonifies lungs, blood tonic, adrenocortical restorative, immune enhancer, liver restorative/protective, anti-tumor, hypotensive, energy tonic, regulates fluid metabolism.
Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula)
Support for digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems. “quiets the soul”, respiratory restorative, hypotensive, anti-tumor, liver restorative, radiation protective, treats fatigue, nutritive blood builder.
General energy tonic, benefits digestion and regulates fluid metabolism, Liver restorative, immunostimulant –>enhances phagocytic function, enhances white blood cell production and lymphocyte transformation and increases serum IgG.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
Promotes detoxification, removes lymph congestion, reduces infection and inflammation, regulates immunity and reduces allergy response, benefits skin.
Of course, there are other options for good places to order great quality medicinal mushrooms.
You can research yourself and make up your own combination.
There are many resources:
Herbalist Christopher Hobbs, wrote the first medicinal mushrooms book I read years ago. It’s a good place to start! Medicinal Mushrooms
Paul Stamets ~ probably one of the all-time experts re medicinal mushrooms has a company:
Fungi Perfecti offers books, growing kits and mushroom products.
~~ Paul has written numerous books and delves deep ‘all things mycelium’
Robert Rogers from northern Alberta, Canada is well known for his book:
The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America
Here’s hoping for radiant, shining health in the year to come and beyond. I am so grateful to be able to share ideas to boost us and help us in our healing journey.
Green blessings, Carol