Most of us have heard that chicken soup is great when you have a cold because it is assists our immune systems. But many people don’t know that it also has serious beauty-boosting properties as well. Yesterday on the website we shared an account of one woman’s personal struggle with psoriasis so extreme that it caused hair loss and how she used food to heal herself. One of those foods was chicken bone broth. Given the great reaction we had to yesterday’s story we thought it was worth taking a closer look at the beauty benefits of this traditional comfort food.
“Chicken soup is one of the most outstanding beauty foods to consume, due to its high protein and mineral content and anti-inflammatory benefits,” reveals natural beauty expert Carla Oates aka The Beauty Chef. “It is a time-honoured remedy for treating ails involving the connective tissues, collagen and elastin. It is also rich in the skin-loving amino acids sulphur and glycine; both needed to make the body’s own supply of the master anti-oxidant glutathione.”
We convinced Carla to share her homemade chicken broth recipe which she says is “an excellent skin treat for those concerned with wrinkles, eczema, acne and psoriasis.” It also contains apple cider vinegar “to help draw out minerals from the bones that are important for skin health” and is packed with veggies for extra nutrients. Delicious on its own, this broth can also be used as a stock and added to your favourite soup or casserole recipe. Carla recommends drinking a little daily if possible, even as a beauty-boosting shot after breakfast.
Winter skin bone broth
2 organic chicken carcasses
2-3 organic chicken wings
Enough cold water to cover bones
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (helps draw minerals from the bones)
1 carrot chopped finely
2 stalks of celery chopped finely
1 bay leaf
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 Spanish onion
1 knob fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup fresh parsley
Ground black pepper and quality sea salt
- Boil up ingredients, add more water when required.
- Simmer for anywhere between six to 12 hours. Slow cookers can be a great investment if you want to cook over a longer period.
- After the broth has cooled, strain. This will keep in the fridge for four to five days. Alternatively freeze the broth in batches.