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Bone Broth Basics : Support Your Immune System This Spring

Bone broth is a traditional food that has been a dietary staple in many cultures for centuries. The health benefits of consuming well prepared bone broth range from supporting the digestive system, restoring a healthy immune system, and helping with healthy skin and joints.

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Bone broth is an excellent source of dietary minerals including calcium, phosphorus, and

magnesium. It contains important amino acids, and gelatin that our modern diets are deficient in.

Slow Cooker Bone Broth Recipe


• 1 whole chicken or turkey carcass or 1-2 lbs

of beef marrow bones (depending on crock

pot size)

• 2-4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

• 1-2 raw garlic cloves

• Filtered water

** To maximize the healing benefits, we recommend using grass fed, pasture raised and organic ingredients whenever possible

Optional Therapeutic Add-ins:

Add these in the last 30 minutes of cooking and strain out after

• For digestive concerns you can add in one tablespoon of slippery elm and/or marshmallow root

• For immune system boosting you can add in 1 tablespoon of astragalus root

• For extra anti-inflammatory or antioxidant support turmeric, cumin, oregano, thyme, and basil can be added to the broth

** note when adding turmeric to your broth please remember to add peppercorns to maximize the digestive absorption of curcumin (the active medicinal compound in turmeric)


1. Bake bones on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees

2. Add bones, garlic, and apple cider vinegar to crock pot

3. Fill the crock pot with filtered water

4. Set slow cooker to low

5. Cook for a minimum of 24 hours until the bones are soft enough to crumble with your fingers

6. Add in any therapeutic add ins that you would like for the last 30 minutes of cooking

7. Strain the broth using a colander

The broth can be kept sealed in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to a year if stored properly.


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