This garden herb stock contains seven herbs and one spice. Every single plant in this recipe is used as a herbal medicine and they possess the following beneficial actions for immunity:
- Oregano: There’s a good reason why Oil of Oregano has become such a popular herbal remedy, as oregano is highly antibacterial againstStaphylococcus strain bacteria as well as Salmonella and E. coli. With immune stimulating properties, Oregano is also a potent diaphoretic, gently supporting a fever during our immune response to infection.
- Rosemary: While this herb is most commonly associated with strengthening memory, it is also strongly antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic and diaphoretic. Useful during colds and flus, rosemary helps to relieve fevers and increase immunity against respiratory infections.
- Sage: Many varieites of Sage contain thujone and this herb is an expectorant as well as being antimicrobial, antibacterial, astringent and antiseptic. It’s useful as a home-remedy as a tea or gargle and is beneficial in cases of tonsilitis, bacterial pneumonia or laryngitis.
- Thyme: Nicolas Culpeper praised thyme as a lung tonic for children with respiratory infections (particularly whooping cough) and this herb is well-known as an antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant, useful in bacterial chest infections and for soothing chesty coughs.
- Bay: Another fabulous diaphoretic, this herb has also traditionally been used as an analgesic and a herbal specific for bronchitis and colds and flus.
- Onion: Rich in aromatic compounds (like allicin sulphur compounds) and quercetin, onions are highly antimicrobial, antispasmodic and powerful expectorants. Particularly useful in respiratory infections, onions also contain high amounts of fructans, prebiotics that feed your good gut bacterial to promote healthy immune system function.
- Garlic: Contains high amounts of sulphur compounds (allicin) and like onion is strongly antimicrobial. Garlic is particularly useful in viral infections, as it directly stimulates immune system cells to fight against viruses such as colds and influenza.
- Black Pepper: Immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial in action, black pepper has been shown to be inhibitory against various bacterial strains including E. coli and Staphyloccuss spp.
- 2 medium brown onions, finely sliced
- Cloves of 1 head of garlic, minced
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
- Large handful of any, or all of the following:
- Fresh rosemary sprigs
- Fresh thyme sprigs
- Fresh sage leaves
- Fresh oregano leaves
- Wash all herbs gently under running water to remove debris and discard any blemished or blackened leaves. Add all ingredients to a large stock pot or saucepan and add 4L of water.
- Bring stock mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered for 30-45 minutes until stock has reduced by a quarter.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove large solids. Discard. Allow to cool to room temperature and then strain remaining stock liquid through a cheesecloth or muslin lined strainer to remove all solids and debris. Store in 1-2 cup capacity containers and refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Using this little bit of herbal medicine as a base for delicious soups and stews (or on it’s own, slowly sipped warm from a mug) is a simple way to help build your immune system strength.
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