Easy Stress-Busting, Immune-Boosting Herbal Adaptogen Broth PLUS: Our Favorite Green Soup Recipe
The most nourishing soups you love to make can be made even healthier with the immune-boosting, stress-busting power of this herbal adaptogen broth. If you’re not familiar with herbal adaptogens, you can read more in Herbal Wisdon: 8 Benefits of Adaptogens. Adaptogens are herbs that help the body adapt to stress, improve stamina, and increase resilience. Herbal adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional and environmental stressors. They will also strengthen a weakened immune system reducing the chances of you catching the common cold or flu bug. Historically, adaptogens were used to increase longevity and promote healthy aging.
There are numerous adaptogens to choose from but, not all are so tasty that you’d want them in your soup. The herbs in this healthy adaptogen broth were chosen because they impart a rich, earthy flavor. The stress-relieving, immune enhancing herbs in this broth are Astragalus, Eleuthero and Ashwagandha roots, and Reishi and Shiitake mushroom.
Stress-Busting, Immune-Boosting Herbal Adaptogen Broth
Make this broth to enjoy on its own or substitute it for the broth in any of your soup recipes. It can also be used as the base for a simple miso soup.
6 cups filtered water
½ ounce dried Astragalus Root
½ ounce dried Eleuthero Root
½ ounce dried Ashwagandha Root
½ ounce dried Reishi Mushroom
½ ounce dried Shiitake Mushroom
½ cup Carrots, chopped
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp dried Rosemary
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 tsp dried Thyme
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt + Pepper
Combine the Astragalus, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Reishi , Shiitake, salt and pepper with the water in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer one hour. Turn off the heat and add the Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, and Turmeric powder. Cover and allow to steep 30 minutes. Strain and use within 3 days.
Our Favorite Green Adaptogen Soup Recipe
I have been making a Green Soup inspired by Splendid Table for years. It’s a favorite at my house and we enjoy it all year long, varying the greens with those in season. I recently started using the Adaptogen Broth instead of my regular vegetable broth and my family loves it just as much. The truth is, I vary the recipe so often in small ways, no one would know I had changed the broth unless I told them. While I do not advocate administrating medicinal herbs to your loved ones without their knowledge, this adaptogen broth is more like food than medicine. It’s a great way to help the whole family stay strong and healthy all year long.
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 large Onions, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp water
1 cup Cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
3-4 cups Herbal Adaptogen Broth
1 large bunch of Kale, destemmed and roughly chopped
1 cup fresh Basil or Cilantro, roughly chopped
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt + Pepper
In a heavy pan, sauté the onions on medium-high heat for 4-7 minutes until they begin to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the garlic and sauté until the garlic and onions are translucent. Lower the heat even further, add water, cover. Stirring occasionally, allow the onions to caramelize. This will take 30-40 minutes. Transfer the onions and garlic to a large soup pot. Add cauliflower and herbal adaptogen broth and bring to a gentle boil. When the cauliflower is tender (5-10 minutes) reduce the heat. Add kale and cook for another 3-5 minutes until the kale is bright green and tender. Turn off the heat. Stir in basil or cilantro and cayenne. Using an immersion blender, puree to your preferred consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in apple cider vinegar just before serving.
I hope this herbal adaptogen broth becomes a favorite at your house and I hope you enjoy the Green Soup, too. I’d love to hear how it goes. Leave a comment below or snap a picture of your adaptogen-based soup, tag it #nectarherbandtea and post it on Instagram.
Health and happiness,