At Harmonic Arts, one of our favourite Winter Tea Blends is Tonic Immuni-tea.
This deeply nourishing, earthy flavoured blend has a few sweet notes consisting of Wild and Organic Adaptogenic/Tonic herbs and mushrooms used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including Chaga, Reishi, Eleuthro, Astragalus , Rehmannia, Codonopsis, Goji, and Wild Yam.
Tonic Immuni-tea is the perfect base for creating immune protective elixir drinks and soups…
So Let’s make Soup!
In this blog, we would like to share with you how to make one of our favourite nourishing soups. This soup is best enjoyed anytime from late fall to early spring, and especially in the mid winter months when the weather is cold.
Herbal immune soups are invaluable if one is feeling weak, run down or low energy. They can be helpful in bringing back vitality and health. Especially for those who suffer from weakened immunity, auto-immune conditions, allergies, diabetes, hepatitis, or other forms of weakened health.
- 30g of Harmonic Arts Tonic Immuni-Tea
- 5 Shiitake Mushrooms Whole or 20 Slices -optional add in 2-3 Maitake Mushrooms
- 1-2 Tbsp Harmonic Arts 5 Mushroom Dual or Steam Extracted blend
- 1/2 c. slightly sprouted beans, such as adzuki, black beans, black eyed peas, lentils (*optional -sprout the night before)
- 3/4 c. barley or rice
- 2 c. of seasonal vegetables- carrots, squash, zucchini, potatoes, celery, cabbage, kale and or chard
- 2-4 Garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 small Onion, chopped
- 1 tsp of tamari
- Miso to taste, try around a 1/4 c.
- Seasoning spices of choice, such as ginger, chilies, celery seed, cumin or 1 of the Harmonic Arts Seasoning Blends such as All Purpose, Cajun, Italian or Thai Curry
- 2-3 Tbsp Harmonic Arts Sea veg blend, or other seaweeds
- 1/3 c. fresh wild roots such as burdock and/or dandelion, sliced thin
- 1/3 c. wild greens such as nettles, lambs quarter, or chickweed (if in season)
- Bone Broth to replace some of the water
- Wild, Organic or high quality stewing Meat
- Fill a large soup pot with 4 liters of the best water you can get.
- Add 30g of Tonic Immuni-tea blend. Bring to a boil and lightly simmer for 20-40 min. or longer. Strain herbs and use the liquid as a broth base for the soup. This is called a decoction. *Optional -Save the left over Herbs and re-brew a second time as a batch of tea.
- Add Shiitake, and Maitake mushooms. As well as 5 Mushroom powder extract and the sprouted Beans to the soup base. Simmer for 20 min.
*Note on Beans – to slightly sprout the beans, soak overnight or for 8 hours, rinse and change the water 1-2 times. Beans can also be sprouted for longer if desired to be more active and more like sprouts. If so add near the end with the miso.
- Add the barley or rice and simmer for another 30 minutes
- Add vegetables of choice, onion, garlic, spices, and optional sea veg, fresh burdock/dandelion and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
- Reduce heat. Add miso, tamari and other seasonings to taste. Miso should not be boiled as it destroys the pre and pro-biotic aspects.
- Enjoy the nourishing Immune Soup you have created…
*This Recipe is a loose guide. Like all things in the kitchen, it is best to customize based on your specific needs and the ingredients you have on hand. We like to practice the art of intuitive cooking in the kitchen sometimes and often get slightly experimental with these types of dishes.
So we encourage you to modify and play with ingredients you would like to add in. Tonic Immuni-tea is a great base to start with but you may want to try making your own herbal blend.
*The herb blend can also be put in a re-usable muslin tea bag if you would rather not strain them out during the cooking of the soup.
Making a Herbal decoction bases:
A Decoction is a herbal tea that is lightly simmered for 30min-5 hours. It is different from an Infusion, which is a tea that is steeped in hot water, but not simmered. Typically decoctions are done with woody plant parts like roots, barks and seeds as well as mushrooms, where the medicinal compounds require longer extraction as they are contained by tough fibrous cell walls. They are not ideal for leafy green herbs or those containing highly volatile oils.
*For more ideas on herbs to use in soup stocks and decoction bases check out our post on Making Herbal Decoctions.
How else can I use the Tonic Immuni-tea base?
Once created, a Tonic Immuni-ea decoction can be used in many ways other than as a broth base for soup. It is great just to drink as a tea, but one of our favourite options is to make it into hot tonic drinks. This can be done by adding one of our Elixir powder blends, a fat sources such as nut mylk, butter, coconut oil or cacao butter, as well as sweetener of choice, and blending while still hot.
Tonic Immuni-tea can be used cold as a smoothie base, or the base for making your own nut mylks.
As teas like this can brew for a few hours, sometimes we make more than we are able to use right away. We store the extra in mason jars in the fridge to reheat or use cold when desired. It lasts for up to a week when kept cool, best not to make more than you can use in that amount of time.
We hope you enjoy this recipe and information.
Please comment and let us know what you think…
Botanical Blessings to you and your health!
and the Harmonic Arts Team.