Herbal Broth For Fertility

I find no matter where we come from we all have certain comfort foods. I remember my nonna always making us star soup (broth with star pastini), it was a daily food or entree for us children in her house. If we were sick, whether it be a tummy upset or flu my dad or nonna would make a very traditional soup using chicken broth, lemon zest & egg. Myself and my cousins, which majority of us are in our thirties, now cook this for our children, along with many of her dishes. Almost every home I visit there is some kind of staple soup or broth. Apart from the benefits of broths, there is something extra healing & therapeutic about home style foods and traditions.

I love trying different cultural foods, especially traditional Chinese food. Being an Acupuncturist student I am slightly obsessed with Chinese medicinal herbs, and using them in my cooking.

This Chinese broth recipe was given to me by one of my teachers, said to help with kidney imbalance (linked to infertility), helping with blood deficiency, spleen & stomach qi deficiency, which all help nourish the body & bring the body into balance. 

Traditional bone broths using Chinese herbs are nutrient-dense, full of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and use the marrow of the animal.  Marrow helps our kidney vitality & essence. Bone marrow is produced by kindey essence, so infusing it is like drinking a bowl of kidney essence.  Broth is recommended to fertility clients for this reason, as Kidney essence is crucial to boosting a woman’s chances of getting pregnant!

There are many things that can deplete a woman’s kidney essence, childbirth, age & stress. Some symptoms of poor kidney health can be irregular menses, weak knees & lower back, oedema, frequent urination, lower back pain & mental lethargy. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, or infertility I would suggest seeing a qualified Acupuncturist or Herbalist.

I like to make a big batch of this broth weekly & have a bowl before most meals, and it’s also a nice snack for the kids, especially after a long day at school.

I serve it more as a chicken soup as I don’t like to strain & throw out good quality ingredients. I do however pick out the dates, because both of my kids hate the texture of them when cooked.

With the use of goji berries, Chinese red dates & apple cider vinegar I absolutely love the sweet & sour taste of this broth.

Ingredients;

  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2=3 inch piece of celery diced (I like to use the leafy part)
  • 4-5 slices of Lotus root (can be found dried at a Chinese supermarket)
  • 1 cup of goji berries
  • 6 Chinese red dates
  • 1 whole chicken, or any meat on the bone
  • 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar (helps draw out nutrients from the bone)
  • Water 
  • Salt to taste

Method;

Add onion, garlic, carrots & celery to a large pot with 1 tsp of oil. Fry for 5 minutes.

Add meat on the bone, 1 ltr of water, apple cider vinegar, goji berries & red dates. Making sure meat is covered in water simmer on extreme low heat for 1 hour. Add salt & lotus root, allow to cook for a further hour. I sometime put all ingredients into the slow cooker and allow to cook for 4 hours.

Serve hot & let your body soak up the goodness!

I have used this photo from Huang Kitchen, as I don’t have a picture of my broths with lotus root, good to see what your needing to buy so you don’t get lost in the markets! Will update my own pic when I take some more photo’s but promised Sydney Gallion I would post this recipe ASAP! Follow her on Instagram @sydneygallion5

Sara Allan