Soup is one that provides a powerful nourishment for the fall season. lots of veggies, tea and magical healing miso, how could one go wrong?
Vegetable Medley Soup:
- 3-6 whole bell peppers, s-bladed
- 1 bunch spinach, s-bladed
- 1 bunch celery, 2mm-disk
- 1-4 bunches cilantro , or basil s-bladed
- 2-3 cups sundried tomatoes, soaked, s-bladed
- 4 whole avocados, diced
- 1 ½ cups pumpkin seeds, or hemp seeds, whole
- ½ cup cumin
- ½ cup olive oil, or sesame oil
- ½ cup lemon juice, or 2 Tablespoons apple vinegar
- ¼ cup kalamata black olive brine
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon hing, or garlic
- 1 cup miso
- 4 cups nettle, dandelion, or rooibos tea
To make tea:
1/2 cup nettle, or dandelion or rooibos dry tea.
3 cups tea kettle watersteep for 20 minutes.
Miso, add enough miso till you like the taste. I like to use a gluten free miso from South River Miso, it makes Miso Happy! It is simply the best! (I will be putting in a bulk order soon so if you live in my area, let me know and I will order you some!)
Add all ingredients to a bowl and serve. You may choose to warm on stove till soup is warm to the touch or you may use a candy thermometer and heat to 120 degrees.
Note: When I say s-bladed it means to use the “S” shaped blade in your food processor to chop ingredients. Be careful not to process to much and puree it. Just chop.
Nettles are used throughout the world to build vitality, nettles are delicious and if your in a moist area, free for the taking! But do take carefully! (Preferably with gloves) To harvest the leaf, you come at the leaf from the bottom, folding it along its central crease, yanking it gently from the mother plant, and then rolling it up so as to enclose the top of the leaf (where the stingers are most commonly found).
Nettles are persistent perennials that can grow taller than 2 meters (6 feet). Nettles grow in multiple thin stalks arising from the ground. Nettle leaves are typically collected, eaten and or dried in May and June, just before coming into flower. The stems and leaf tops of the stinging nettle plant are covered with thin, hair like protrusions. These protrusions, if touched, release a stinging fluid containing histamine and formic acid, which causes temporary burning and irritation. This injection, which is like and ant’s bite, increases circulation, and provides external treatment for arthritic pain, gout, sciatica, neuralgia, hemorrhoids, and scalp and heir problems. Nettle juice can be used as a hair rinse to restore natural color. Nettle extracts are used in many shampoos.
Internally, nettles are a kidney tonic with diuretic properties that help flush the blood and cleanse blood through the kidneys. Nettles afford allergy relief, enrich the blood, and thicken the hair. Due to their iron rich content and ease of absorption, nettle juice is more effective than spinach juice in building blood. Nettle leaves are highly alkaline. They neutralize and dissolve acidic wastes in the blood. Its power to purify the blood will do wonders for chronic skin ailments. Its effective against eczema on the upper body, especially on the face and neck, and ears. This benefit is likely due to its high silicon, chlorophyll, and vitamin C content.
Nettle juice is perfect for weight reduction. Nettles are also good for hypoglycemia, as they help reduce blood sugar levels, and they also ameliorate high blood pressure. Used for anemia and excessive menstruation, nettles also build overall energy and chi. Nettles reduce pitta and kapha and can be used, in moderation by vata. (If you know about ayurveda you know what Im talking about.) Wow!
Stinging nettles probably originated in Eurasia, although there is some evidence that they were growing in the Americas when the Europeans arrived. Some of the strongest varieties grow in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Mythologically, the Nordics associated nettles with the thunder god Thor. Nettles were perceived to protect one from lightning. The incredible strengthening properties of the nettle plant really do make one more resistant to the elements.
When nettles are eaten, the saliva neutralizes the sting, so that one cannot be stung in the mouth or throat.
Mother nature provides her unique balance by providing a remedy for the nettle sting by allowing burdock to grow in the same locales as nettles. Mashed-up burdock leaves applied to the skin relieve nettle stings. Also the juice from the stinging nettle leaves acts as an antidote to the sting as well, when applied topically.
Simply and amazing plant!
Hope you all are having a wonderful fall!
Lots of hugs and blessings!
PS. The information contained in this post came from the books, Eating for Beauty, by David Wolfe, and The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, by Rebecca Wood.
Published by Michelle Berry
My health journey started when I was a teenager, struggling with chronic health problems and searching for the answers to my own healing. My curiosity deepens when I was working with autistic children at a local elementary school, I felt like I couldn’t help them truly heal in the public education system and after many direct experiences with how food affected the children, I started to be interested in a raw vegan diet. To further deepen my journey, my parents were both diagnosed with cancer, I became interested in juice fasting and cleansing. Armed with a juicer and a passion for those quiet moments spent creating in the kitchen, I began to uncover my health truth through purposeful cleansing and eating a plant-based diet.
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