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Healing Bone Broth

Healing Bone Broth

Prep and cook time:  12-24 hours     Makes 6-8 cups

5    pounds organic raw chicken bones,* rinsed and cleaned  
2    tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
¼   teaspoon Celtic or pink salt
herbs and spices to taste, such as basil, oregano, and/or cayenne

Mix all ingredients in a slow cooker filled with water. Turn on low and cook for 12-24 hours. (This slow process draws the minerals out of the bones, making it pure medicine for immunity and gastrointestinal strengthening.) After cooking, strain fat and solids and save broth. Use broth for cooking grains, beans, and soups, or just drink from a mug. 

*Ask your grocer for the chicken bones. Be sure to ask for the feet, as well, since that is where collagen is found. Collagen is helpful for protein synthesis and is nourishing to your skin, hair, and nails. You can also ask for the neck.


Lauren • Wed January 09, 2013
Good to see this recipe here.
Animal fat , in this case chicken, is now being proven to be an extremely healthy form of healthy fat. It is very healing for the gut lining, as well as the brain and nervous system. Check out the newly popular book by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD called, "Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Depression, etc". It is a movement spreading all over the world.

By the way, I am a soon to be graduate of IIN and am very inspired by your web site and program!

Lauren Herskowitz
• Wed January 09, 2013
Thank you so much, Lauren, for using our recipes and also for the information you included. Congratulations, too, are in order for your upcoming graduation from IIN. Good luck with your career in nutrition.
Diana • Sat January 11, 2014
Would it turn out the same if I use a pressure cooker instead of crockpot?
Christa • Thu January 16, 2014
Hi Diana - I have never done it in a pressure cooker, but it should work as well. You just might have to experiment with the timing.
Ethan • Mon March 10, 2014
Your Candida protocol says to eliminate all vinegar and most recipes (including this one) call for it. I'm assuming, in the case of bone broth, the potential benefit outweighs the potential harm, but I'd appreciate clarification. Thanks for sharing this information.
Todd • Sun March 16, 2014
Hi, I have the same question about the vinegar. Aren't we supposed to avoid ALL vinegar during this cleanse? What would I substitute the vinegar with?

Christa • Wed March 19, 2014
Hi Todd-
Apple cider vinegar is okay once you are in the second phase. Apple cider vinegar is the only vinegar that is alkaline forming and improves HCL function. All other vinegars are not that great. Thanks for the question.
Hélène • Thu April 24, 2014
Is the broth to which I would add coconut oil and Bulletproof Collagen so I could drink it at nite for my adrenals?
I would add dulse flakes and turmeric also as these are delicious in broth and voilá, my intake for the day is accomplished :)
Also I use unpeeled onion & garlic (you're just straining everything anyway) and celery in making the broth for their sulfurous properties--and yumminess! And I add lots of turmeric when I'm making the broth too even tho I add more when I drink a cup. Can't have too much curcumin, eh?
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