Vegetable Broths

Available at Erewhon in Calabasas, Follow Your Heart, and The Country Natural Store in Topanga.

IMG_6772 (1)

I chose to do flavored vegetable broths instead of bone broths, simply because it felt better to me. I’m not making any particular stance on what people choose to use. We all have different health concepts, and desires. Anyone can enjoy them, whether vegan or not! 🙂 Plus, it gives me the ability to add more elements than what bone broth has. More ingredients like seaweed, medicinal mushrooms, potent herbs, lots of veggies, etc. 

I add various ingredients that one might use for tea. I like the feeling of vegetable broth even more than tea. Tea is lovely, but with broth, I can get the medicine of the vegetables too. I’ve always been a vegetable lover!

 I find the best farmers, and sources, and continually improve on it. Every sip is intended to sooth our heart and soul.

Here’s some info on my latest and most popular broth, Biodynamic Nettles, w/ chickpea miso.

Nettles is an excellent herb for soups and stews for it’s flavor.

The nettles I source, is from Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, CA.

The chickpea miso is what gives the broth it’s strong, tasty flavor. It’s not just any chickpea miso. The garbanzo beans are from Kandarian Organic Farm. You can meet Larry (the farmer) at the Farmers Market in Santa Monica on Wednesdays. It’s also made with koji rice from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The vegetables in the broth are a mix of biodynamic, and organic vegetables from local farms. The vegetables change with each batch, in order to accommodate my ability to buy from the best farmers. So you may experience a slightly different flavor with each batch of nettles broth.

The information about nettles below, is from the website, http://www.spafinder.com, by Amy Sung.

A Gentle yet Effective Body Flush

Stinging nettle leaf is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. It flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. The tea is ideal for sodium induced water retention and high blood pressure. Its diuretic effect decreases bloated “water weight” and other edema, streamlining and slimming the body. An added plus, nettle tea (alone, without other herbs) is considered safe in pregnancy and helps with aching legs and swollen ankles.

The herb’s diuretic action also flushes excess uric acid from muscles and joints, helping to relieve arthritic pain and inflammations. Also in its role as an anti-inflammatory, nettle tea is effective in treating the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing common in allergy season.

The Beauty Benefits

Because of its nourishing, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle tea is a natural beautifier to skin and hair. Nettle tea has been shown to clear acne and eczema as well as encourage thicker, shinier hair and new hair growth.

For acne prone or dull, congested skin, I would suggest drinking three to four cups of nettle tea a day for two weeks. After two weeks, take a week off drinking it and see how your skin looks and feels before resuming.

Drinking the tea for two weeks will also gift you with shiny, thicker-looking hair. To heighten the effect, you can rinse your hair with the tea as well. Research has shown that stinging nettle may also be effective in reducing scalp conditions, dandruff, and male pattern baldness.

Nettle tea is a must-have in my herbal apothecary; I honor it profoundly. It is a simple plant with the amazing gift of whole person wellbeing. All we have to do is take a sip.