Healing Ayurvedic Bone Broth Recipe

healing brothAlthough just recently gaining popularity, bone broth is an age old healing remedy and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine.  The multitude of health benefits are various and extensive, making this nourishing tonic beneficial in many different disorders. 

For me and my petite VataPitta body type, bone broth has been a great alternative for obtaining the essential animal-based vitamins and minerals without having to eat the meat itself.  After being vegan for 4 years and vegetarian for another 4, I was left feeling depleted, diagnosed with anemia and had accumulated reoccurring cycle issues.  I was eating a large amount of plant-based vitamins and minerals, but unfortunately this is not always as absorbable as animal-based iron (as well as other nutrients).  Bone broth is now a regular part of my daily diet.  It has become a happy, healthy compromise that has left me with a stronger body, more energy and regular, healthy cycles.

In Ayurveda, bone broth can be used for Vata, Pitta or Kapha disorders, as it is tri-doshic by nature.  Bone broth is packed with essential fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, in an extremely easy-to-absorb form that can be digested and utilized readily by most any-body. 

Health Benefits of Bone Broth:
  • Supports kidney and adrenal health
  • Supports bone health
  • Builds the blood (great for women!)
  • Heals and protects the GI tract
  • Useful in leaky gut syndrome
  • Heals arthritic conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Beneficial in both diarrhea and constipation    
  • Calms the mind
  • Beneficial in sleep disorders
  • Increases overall energy
  • Increases immunity
  • Increases skin and hair health     

Healing Bone Broth Recipe:

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  • Doshic effect: Vata↓, Pitta ↓, Kapha
  • Servings: 10 cups total; about 10 servings
  • Time: 30 minutes prep time, 12+ hours cook time
Materials:
  • Crock pot
  • Cutting board and knife
Ingredients:
  • 10c purified water
  • 4 large “bone marrow” beef bones
  • 1 lb of chicken breast or beef stwe meat (optional)
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
  • 1 small-medium beet, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp each of turmeric, fennel, coriander, fenugreek, ajwain, brown mustard and cumin seed**
  • 5+ black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • 2 inch cube of fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • Fresh juice from 1 lemon (lime for Pitta types)
  • Lightly salt to taste (sea salt or pink Himalayan)

**Spices can be replaced by 1 Tbsp of Agni Churna digestive spice mix. 

Instructions:

  1. Add the bones, veggies and spices (except the salt) to the crock pot.  The veggies can be chopped as needed.    
  2. Fill the crock pot with fresh water until it is just about full.   
  3. Cover and turn the crock pot on a low temp setting.  Cook for 12-20 hours.
  4. Strain the broth and lightly salt to taste.  Add the fresh lemon juice and then place the broth into ball jars or glass tupperware to let cool. 
  5. If you are sensitive to the oils, you can let the broth cool in the refrigerator before consuming, and scrape the layer of fat off of the top.
  6. Once refrigerated, this broth will last up to a week. 
  7. The remaining strained vegetable ingredients can be consumed, added to other dishes, given to the dog (NOT the bones!) or composted.  The bones should be tossed in the garbage (once again, do not give them to the dog after cooking). 
  8. If there is extra broth, you can freeze it in ziplock bags or plastic tupperware as needed.   This will last indefinitely. 
  9. Try to consume at least a cup of broth everyday.  Feel free to drink the broth like tea or make this a base for soups, dal, kitchari or any other appropriate dish.  It makes everything more nourishing and taste better! 
  10. Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food!
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6 Comments

  1. Sara May 21, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Peace greetings I managed to get bone marrow of sheep is that OK to make as well and what are the variations to make with this or what parts of the animals and their bones are beneficial to use

    • Danielle May 22, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Sara! Thank you for your question. Sheep bones and bone marrow will be great as well! It sounds like they are from a local farm source, which is always preferred when it is available. There are no variations; just use the bone along with the exposed marrow, and the broth will be as healing as ever! Thanks for reading:) Namaste, Danielle

  2. Sean May 1, 2017 at 12:29 am #

    Hi Danielle ,
    Lovely blog and immense information , I would please like to know that I’v increased Pitta and
    I’m suffering from ibs , one hand Pitta is caused by
    Excess heat and other hand bone broth which
    Is hot in nature is suggested and it’s gaining popularity with gaps and paleo diet , im confused ,
    Any insights will be gold , thanks

    • Danielle May 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Sean! Thank you for writing in. Since IBS can have so many variations in symptoms, it is always best to do a full consult in order to get personalized treatment. If you are Pitta and would like to try the Bone Broth, you can make it a bit more cooling by adding in some cooling veggies and spices to help balance the heat. This could include parsley, cilantro, coriander, bitter greens, celery, etc… Also, part of the heat stems from the oily nature of the broth. Therefore it is recommended to cool the broth before drinking, letting the fat solidify to the top. Then scrape off the fat and reheat the broth as needed. Hope this helps you a bit! Thanks again for your questions!

      Namaste,
      Danielle

      • Sean May 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

        Thank you for the prompt reply
        You are doing an amazing job
        Wish you the best .

  3. Cameron June 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been wanting to make my own bone broth but haven’t got the time. I’m currently drinking Au Bon Broth and I love it. It helped me with my joint pains and made me feel more energetic than before.

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