Discovering 7 Benefits of Bone Broth

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

It has been years since cooking soup from scratch and yet there was a surprising urge to get bones for creating bone broth.  I decided to go along with this urge and pick up some beef bones.

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What I had no way of knowing was how drinking bone broth would improve how I felt.  I found that the broth was easy to use for making healthy meals quickly.   The truth be known I was shocked by it.  Since integrating it into my diet the differences are noticeable.

  • Detoxification and Balanced Cycle of Bowel Movements

An immediate shift has been in the cycle of elimination.  Anyone who has been around babies will know that as soon as you feed one it will immediately have a bowel movement.  At first drinking bone broth encouraged a detoxification type reaction of elimination that mellowed out into a similar cycle as a baby.  Food in – waste out!

  • Emotionally Uplifting (Mood Enhancer)

Organic feelings of joy and pleasure emerged as this elimination cycle took hold.  I know for me that my physical function are tied into my organic emotional experience, yet this was the first time that I experienced the clear of a connection to joy and pleasure.

  • Deeper Sleep Patterns

After a few days of including bone broth into my diet I noticed that my sleep was much deeper than it had been.  This was a welcome change!

  • Loosing Belly Fat

This is an outcome that is pleasing.  Loosing weight over the last year was rewarding.  Yet loosing weight did not mean losing the bulge around my gut.  It seemed that no matter how much weight was being lost it was stalled when coming to what was around the gut.  Now it seems the weight loss is more balanced as the belly fat is shrinking and catching up to the other body parts.  Since starting bone broth in June there has been a loss of three inches around the belly.

  • Weight Loss

Weight loss for the past few months had stalled before starting to drink bone broth.  Once it was introduced it jump started the process once again.  The immediate result in June was a loss of 15 pounds.  It was effortless and exciting.  The intention of drinking bone broth was not for loosing weight.  It is pleasing result!

  • Increased Vitality

Even though my energy was on the upswing, introducing bone broth has increased my level of vitality.  It seems as vitality increases taking action the time thinking about taking it has decreased.  There is less time thinking about something and more time saved just by doing it!  I love it.  This for me is the reward.  I would not have put these two connections together until experiencing it myself.   Somehow my brain in functioning a fuller capacity.

  • Aging

Being someone who has never looked their age, I haven’t noticed any differences in my outside appearance.  I do however notice a difference on the inside.  I find that I have more stamina, increased function and strength.  I believe I am also noticing a reversal in feelings of inner aging.  It is hard to define yet I feel more lubricated and hydrated from the inside.  There is also a noticeable difference in sexual interest and physicality.

Bone Broth Nutrition

Electrolytes found in bone marrow support healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling functions, heart health and digestive health.  These include minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium and phosphorus.  Bone broth also has zinc, copper, boron and iron.  It is a good source of protein, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and the B vitamins.

The key to making Bone Broth is in  the slow simmering

I use a slow cooker for creating bone broth.  Using it allows the bones to remain simmering for hours.  I have read that the best length of time is 48 hours.  However I usually let it simmer for around 36 hours.  I have noticed the broth looses its gamy smell simmering for this long.  It also becomes clearer the longer it simmers.  This makes eating and drinking the broth more enjoyable for me.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large beef bone or three smaller ones (substitute chicken, whole or pieces)
  • Water (to fill cooker)
  • Apples Cider Vinegar – 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic – 4 or 5 cloves
  • Bay Leaves – 4 to 5 leaves
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

I add all the ingredients immediately with exception of the apple cider vinegar and let simmer over night.  The next morning I put in the apple cider vinegar.  The pot will have to be checked periodically to keep the liquid levels up.

Once it has simmered for 36 or more hours it is then strained and cooled before storing in containers for the fridge and freezer.  I divide liquid into portions that are easy for grabbing and going.

How to Use Bone Broth

Having bone broth on hand has made cooking easier.  There is usually onions, fresh garlic and veggies in the fridge that can be added for a quick and nutritious soup.  There are also herbs and edibles from the garden that can be picked quickly and added.  On occasion some healthy noodles can be added, however I like to keep carbs and proteins separate in meals.  I do however break this pattern when craving pizza or bread!

I don’t replace a cup of warm bone broth sweet beverages as they are something I have never drank.  I have however begun replacing bone broth for coffee.


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Aging Neck

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Do you have a fascination with young people’s necks as yours ages?  I do!  It seems that I took mine for granted until it was lost!!!!!  What I notice myself doing is observing peoples necks to help determine their age.  One advantage of becoming familiar with my own, as it ages, is that it seems to give me more information to look for in what I am seeing in others.  Life!  I would rather have a smoother, tighter and less fleshy neck tissue over my voice box!

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Blue Butterfly Flower & Agar Agar infusion

So when I noticed I had some Butterfly Pea and Agar Agar thickener left over from the mornings facial experiment I saved it for bedtime to apply to my neck.  I remembered to apply it and this morning rinsed it off.  I am so happy I did!  The colour and texture of this part of my neck has changed.  The  excess flesh of weight loss hasn’t disappeared however it has tighten up somewhat.

Would I recommend this?  Yes!  Not only for increasing a healthy glow, but improving the pleasure and fun of finding ways to find the joy in oneself.  With my kids aging out, and  nature becoming a bigger focus of attention, one experience I am learning from nature is the joy in living life being me, exactly as I am!  As the playful, adventurous qualities return, exploring nature is supporting deepened and intimate life changes!   Appreciation for nature is deepening appreciation for self!  Maybe I will stop covering up my neck!


Love your skin, apply living ingredients,  If you can eat it or drink it, it’s healthy for your body!  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

Instagram follower shares exciting anti-aging techniques using: Butterfly Pea

Renee Lindstrom,  GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

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This flower has anti-oxidants that are great for anti-aging.  After posting a picture of Butterfly Tea yesterday, an instagram follower shared  anti-aging mask ingredients.  I couldn’t find a recipe so I have been experimenting this morning.

This is the one that has worked the best for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Agar Agar Powder (thickening agent)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon or tea bag of  Dried or Fresh Butterfly Flowers
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Water

As you can see in this picture I used my favorite tea cup from the Empress Hotel here in Victoria.  It would hold 3/4 of a cup of water.

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Agar Agar, Butterfly Pea Flowers

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Butterfly Pea Flowers in Hot Water

I used hot water from tea kettle and infused whole dried butterfly flowers in a cup. After a number of minutes I strained and added Agar Agar powder slowly while stirring until the consistency felt right.  It was heavier to stir with the spoon.

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Thicker

I found that the mixture needed to be cool enough to apply thickly to your face.  If you apply it when it is too warm it isn’t thick enough to stick.  Wait a number of minutes and then apply.  Apply by letting it pour downwards from a brush or make up wedge over your face leaning over a sink. By letting it pour downwards you are getting a thicker mask and more coverage.

Leave on for 20 or more minutes.  It cools into a gelatin and should peel off easily!DSC_0862

On my face I noticed a difference after 3 or 4 minutes.  The first thing I felt was that my skin became incredibly alive with a cool and refreshing feeling.  It was like my skin on my face was waking up!  The second thing I noticed was a tightening!  The third is my skin began to feel like it was radiating!

After taking off the mask I noticed my skin was a lighter colour.  The age spot that is growing on my check that I have been experimenting with to either reduce it or diminish the colour was lighter.  Two moles have become lighter.  I wasn’t expecting this.  I also had dark bags under my eyes due to a current Tumeric/Black Pepper detox I am currently undertaking and I believe the deep yellow colour was diminished.  I added more mask under my eyes and on the age spot.   Removing it a second time, the spot it lighter and the yellow is missing under my eyes! I am now experimenting with the age spots on my hands that have begun appearing!  Will keep you updated.

I personally would repeat this and will explore a combination of plants to infuse with it.   I so look forward to germinating the seeds I was gifted, growing and harvesting these amazing flower vines myself! This is a plant for my Medicine Garden!

Love your skin, apply living ingredients,  If you can eat it or drink it, it’s healthy for your body!  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

Blue Butterfly Pea

 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

Rich Royal Blue Butterfly Pea

Also known as: Asian Pigeon Wings, Blue Bell Vine, Blue Pea and Darwin pea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clitoria Ternatea – Flowering Vine originally from Asia

For Xmas I was given this fabulous tea that included Blue/Indigo dried flowers shown in the above picture.  I discovered my tea turned a royal blue until a drop of lemon was added.  With lemon the tea turned a beautiful purple!  What fun.  Now I have been given a gift of seeds for this flower.

Medicinal Benefits

Researching this plant I have discovered it is a mood enhancer and  in ayurvedic medicine it has been used for; enhancing memory, increasing cognitive functions, anti-depressant, anxiety, stress, and sedative.  It is also an antioxidant.  Active components are being researched for its antimicrobial and anticancer agents.

  • Eye Sight, Skin & Hair

When drinking infused tea or water from this flower one receives the benefits of  anthocyanin which sharpens one’s eyesight and increases night vision.  Quercetin is a Bioflavinoid that reduces free radicals and supports healthy skin and hair.  It helps reduce the signs of aging by increasing the collagen and elasticity of ones skin cells!

When used as a shampoo it darkens hair!

Read more on the Butterfly Pea  – Tissue Culture and Antimicrobial Activity of Clitoria ternatea L.: Callogenesis, Organogenesis and Total yield from Butterfly pea  – By Syeda Qamar Nayab Batool


 

  • anthocyanin – a blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants
  • antioxidant – occurs naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate and they protect your cells from the effects of free radicals and can help reduce an overabundance of inflammation and neutralize free radicals, prevent cellular damage, support the liver and enhance immunity
  • ayurvedic – one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems developed more than 3,000 years ago
  • bioflavinoid – are super-antioxidants found in many natural foods
  • quercetin – antioxidant found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine and supplements

Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.