Drinking bone broth fills you with comforting feelings of warmth, cosiness, relaxation and the sensation of pure joy, as well as at the same time helping to heal your stomach issues, boost your immune system, give you lasting energy throughout the day, make your skin glow, your hair strong and healthy and your body truly flourish. Thanks to our hunter and gatherer ancestors foodies, chefs, and mums from all over the globe are bringing back the classic, underestimated yet pure magical elixir that is bone broth. It’s been around for literally thousands of years and the benefits are numerous and extensive due to the millions of nutrient dense minerals that are easy to digest, rich in flavour and healing properties.
Starting the day with a cup of broth will reduce sugar and caffeine cravings, help to treat leaky gut syndrome, overcome food intolerances and allergies, improve joint health, reduce cellulite and boost your immune system. Bone broth contains exceptionally high amounts of minerals, collagen, glutamine, proline and glycine which contribute to a healthy gut, muscle growth & repair and a balanced nervous system. The amino acids that are produced from brewing broth reduce inflammation in the respiratory system and improve digestion. The gelatine contained in bone broth can help to heal a leaky gut, which may be of specific benefit tothose with inflammatory or autoimmune disorders. As it’s been slow-cooked, bone broth is a great source of easily absorbable protein that requires very little digestion, making all the nutrients easily assimilated. This means you can reduce the meat in your diet while still reaping the benefits of protein.
So how do you get your hands on this fabulous, delicious, magical medicine? Here at the Health Emporium we are big fans of local company Love & Bones Broth jars of golden, magical, nourishing broth which has been made with the best quality, local, seasonal organic ingredients and stacks of love. They only ever use superior organic produce, including veggies, organic or pastured/free-range chicken bones, grass fed beef bones, grass fed lamb bones and pastured/free-range pork bones. Their broth is simmered on the lowest possible heat for 24 to 36 hours to extract all the goodness and preserve its high nutritional value. We promise it’s the most delicious broth you’ll ever taste.
Love & Bones Broth was started by Sydney-based organic foodie Michelle Schoeps who answered some of our questions below:
1. Where did the inspiration behind your company come from?
It wasn’t really inspiration it was more demand. Inspiration came later. I have made broth for as long as I can remember and before that it was made for me by my great Hungarian aunt since I was a small baby. I guess one thing led to another when it came to the birth of Love and Bones Broth, one minute I was delivering it to friends who were sick, making it for the kids at Glenmore Rd Public school as part of my healthy organic tuck shop (all 3 of my children have and still go there) even going to peoples houses that I barely knew who were going through cancer treatments and putting pots on for them at their houses and one day my husband said why don’t you start a business making it and it pretty much went from there. I also felt it was a community service to make this available to everyone not just the small pocket in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.
2. What makes your products different from other similar ones currently on the market?
There is no comparison, it’s just delicious! (even if I do say so myself). The others on the market are pretty flavourless and are promoted as an add-in to recipes or are to be made more ‘palatable’ by adding extra’s to it. Mine needs zero added, we suggest you drink it just as it is, ours will always be palatable and people sometimes seem hesitant to drink it after sampling others but are pleasantly surprised at the deliciousness.
Convenience and the fact the the best organic in season ingredients are used with no compromising. Our broths will never taste the same batch to batch. We use vegetables that are in season so sometimes theres parsnips in our broths and sometimes not – season depending. The one thing I will always guarantee is that they will always be delicious!
4. Do you have any tricks or tips when it comes to making your own bone broth?
I know it sounds cliche but LOVE! Love every moment of it, I literally pour love into each pot from beginning to end and that is really why it tastes so good – I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t in it to be successful but really I just want to show people its possible to give goodness and love in a cup of warm bone broth. Use only the best ingredients, use scraps like leek tops, celery tops, onion & garlic skins and filtered water. And season. Don’t be scared of salt, if its unrefined its good for you!
5. What is your favourite benefit from regularly drinking bone broth?
There are so many.. I’ve been drinking it for so long it’s hard to say. It’s calming for me and my kids, it’s just pure goodness and drinking something that gives you pleasure but is also full of health benefits, its rich in minerals that help support our immune system along with tonnes of gelatine, glutamine and collagen, its anti inflammatory and helps with the healing of a damaged gut. To me it is a no brainer, drink Love and Bones everyday, feed it to your kids as I do, and chances are you’ll spend less time at the doctors with sickness.
6. What does Love & Bones Broth have in store for the future?
Lots of exciting things…my number 1 goal is to get my broth and broth icy-poles into every hospital in Sydney. Starting with the children’s and then every hospital in the country – I have a few like minded people on board with me to make this happen. That sounds like a big challenge but I have the determination and drive to make it happen and I will. This is one of the main reasons I began L&BB so that the people who needed it most could access it and in my opinion (being a mother of three) sick kids in hospitals are at the top of my list. A cook book (which has been long in the waiting) and pretty much just spreading the love, getting it everywhere at an affordable price so anyone can afford a jar of Love and Bones Broth’s golden elixir.
Bone broth is best drunk half an hour before meals or as part of your main meal to help you better absorb other nutrients and minerals not only found in the broth but also in the food you’re eating. You can use broth as a base in nourishing soups, hearty stews, make it into ice block cubes and blend into your smoothies or even drink a cup of broth by itself simply seasoning it with sea salt and black pepper (perhaps with some dried Italian herbs or some turmeric and cumin in there, too). Try this instead of a cup of tea or coffee in the morning as broth is a much more beneficial alternative that helps to slowly release energy throughout the day instead of having an immediate energy spike and then a crash later in the afternoon.
Bone broths have been used to promote health and healing for generations by many different cultures. It’s these natural healing remedies handed down by our grandparents that we are rediscovering, experimenting with and improving on to gain maximum health benefits. Because bone broth is made from animal parts that in modern times are usually discarded it is a great way to minimise waste and to acknowledge and appreciate the animals we use to nourish and heal us. With the ongoing list of amazing positive benefits you can gain from drinking just 1 cup of bone broth a day, you best stock up on a few jars from the Health Emporium on your next grocery shop because a cup of Love and Bones Broth a day keeps the doctor away.
Written by Prue Rustean