A couple of years ago, we visited friends and family in Texas over the holidays. I worked in a doctor’s office at the time and had managed to escape getting sick before our trip. I was so proud of myself for taking all the extra precautions to stay healthy because I really wanted to enjoy my time with the people I love the most in the world.
Did I mention I was also pregnant? Because I was. I had extra incentive to stay healthy because pregnant Carrie + air travel + sickness = misery. I was fine the day we traveled, but my immune system couldn’t hack the long plane ride and day of travel, plus the shockingly sunny warmth of Houston in December. I woke up the on Christmas Eve and felt retched. Stuffy head, chills, cough, and lethargy. I wanted to feel better fast. I looked longingly at the fresh cinnamon rolls coming out of oven, knowing sugar would suppress my immune system even more. I made a cup of tea instead and tried not to let the pregnancy/sickie/holiday blues overwhelm me. I decided I would try to restore some of my health through good, clean eating and be glad to be with my family. My sickness would NOT get the best of me.
I dug through my mother-in-law’s pantry, looking for something to help me feel better. After foraging for a few minutes, I found ingredients for a soothing remedy comprised of free-range chicken broth, garlic, green onion, lemon juice, and parsley. It took 10 minutes to make, and I was able to sip it all day long. I perked up quickly, my head cleared, and I started to feel human again.
During the holiday season, we always stock up on homeopathic remedies, kombucha, Tulsi lemon-ginger tea, and detoxifying baths. We also keep ingredients on hand to make a batch of the Feel Better Broth, because it is so delicious and fortifying. Chicken broth is excellent for the immune system. There’s a reason why chicken soup is popular for colds. It’s a scientific fact that chicken soup boosts immunity. Green onion has been used to fight colds in Japan for centuries. Garlic is a natural anti-microbial/bacterial and cleans out the liver. Parsley is a natural detoxifier. Lemon juice draws impurities out of the lymphatic system where cold and flu germs like to hang out and keep you sick. It’s the first thing I make for friends or family who get the flu and they always feel better after a mug of it.
Food is medicine. This broth is delightful, comforting, and soothing, and warm. You’ll feel better, I promise.
- 1 quart free range chicken or bone broth
- 1-3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
- 2 green onions, chopped (including white stem)
- 1 small lemon
- 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- Bring broth, garlic, and white stems of green onion to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until garlic is soft.
- Add fresh lemon juice to taste.
- Put some fresh parsley and green onion in bottom of mug or bowl and pour broth over it. (This method keeps it the greens fresh and optimal for consumption.)
- Drink up! Keep it warming on the stove and put a lid on it. Drink it all day. Feel better.