I've been asked about this with increasing frequency over the past year. I've been experimenting with therapeutic broths for awhile and can honestly say it has made a huge impact in my life. As a full time birth doula, I rarely have to take a sick day. Let that sink in for a minute.
For emphasis let me put it this way: I am client-facing all day, I take urban, public transportation everyday, I have an autoimmune disorder - and I rarely take a sick day. If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.
Gather 2-3 lbs of soup bones or 2-3 lbs of veggies/mushroom & at least 8 cups of water to create the base of your stock.
Diced 3 cloves of garlic
Diced 1/2 lg sweet yellow onion
Diced 1 carrot
Sliced 1 knob of ginger the size of your thumb
To Taste: sage, lemongrass, rosemary, salt, black pepper, white pepper
Medicinals: Astragalus, Dang Gui, & Buplerum (only during postpartum).
I'm a one-stop-pot kind of gal, so I would put the bones/veggies in the pot for a 10-20 min (bring to a boil and then simmer) head start and then toss the rest in (again, bring to a boil, then simmer). Towards the end of cooking you will be left with approx. 1/2 to 1/3 of your liquid left.
My habit is to make it concentrated, so that I can just add hot water at work and voila, a cup of hot Qi boosting, nourishing broth!