How To Make Collagen Rich Bone Broth

How To Make Collagen-Rich Bone Broth | Jills Home Remedies | Today I'm going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but collagen rich bone broth!

I was recently at a local health food store talking to the owner. We were discussing how bone broth can heal digestive issues and she told me that making broth with chicken feet produces a lot of healthy, healing collagen.

Now I’d been reading a lot on the internet about how important collagen is for joints and to slow down aging.

But chicken feet?! My curiosity got the better of me and I just knew I had to give this a try.

You have also likely heard the great benefits of collagen. And you’ve also likely heard how healing bone broth is. Today I’m going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but bone broth that is very rich in collagen.

Why Does Collagen Matter?

Collagen is a protein in the body that strengthens our hair, nails, teeth, and gives us strong, pain-free joints to name a few things. As our body ages, we produce less collagen which results in wrinkles, sagging skin, and joint pain. In fact, women will pay a lot of money to have collagen injections to slow down their aging! The good news for those of us that don’t have the money or desire to have collagen injections, we can add lots of collagen to our diet for just a few dollars.  

Why Bone Broth is So Good for You

 According to Dr. Josh Axe [1], bone broth is the number one thing you can consume to: 

  • Boost the immune system
  • Help heal joint pain
  • Bring a stop to food intolerances and allergies
  • Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Reduce cellulite

Bone broth is a nutrient dense food, meaning it has a lot of nutrients that are easy to digest and can bring about healing in the body. Cultures all over the world use bone broth as a base for many meals. I think this needs to become more of a practice in America as we eat mostly dead foods with no nutrition, and our health as a nation is evidence of that.

But what do I mean by bone broth? Many of us will roast a chicken or beef roast in the oven or crockpot and it makes a broth. While that broth is healthy and delicious to eat with cornbread and vegetables, that’s just broth and not the bone broth that I’m talking about.

Bone broth is cooking just the bones for at least 24 hours to make a more concentrated, nutrient dense broth to add to foods or to just drink on its own. So yes my family loves the broth from a roasted chicken, but I also desire to get the concentrated bone broth in our diets too. Bone broth is where true healing can come from! And it’s so super simple to make!

How To Make Collagen-Rich Bone Broth | Jills Home Remedies | Today I'm going to teach you how to not just make any bone broth, but collagen rich bone broth!

I froze most of my broth into ice cubes to use in recipes as needed. This makes things so easy!

How To Make Collagen Rich Bone Broth

You can make bone broth with any bones as I explain in this post, and you may get some collagen from it. You can tell you have collagen if it gels when it cools. But the way to get truly rich collagen, is to use animal feet as I mentioned above.

OK, so yes, I know that’s strange to those of you that are Americans, but do you know cultures all over use chicken feet often? That’s because they are full of tendons and cartilage that is full of collagen! You can use any animal feet, but I found chicken feet at the store that were already well washed and peeled, so I purchased those. Makes life easier.

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Is anyone else slightly horrified looking at a package of chicken feet?! I was horrified and excited all the same time when I found them at the store. Horrified because of how “freaky” they looked all skinned and packaged up, and excited because I knew the healthy broth they would make!

And does anyone notice the “chicken paws” label? Since when do chickens have paws? LOL This gave me and several people on social media a good laugh. Anyone know why they call them that on the label? I’m interested to hear if you do. :) 

If you use chicken feet directly from a farm, you will want to wash and clean them thoroughly and peel them to make sure all bacteria are gone. I’ve never peeled chicken feet, but you can see this post for those instructions.

Bone broth is SO easy to make! All you need is the bones, some raw apple cider vinegar, and mineral sea salt! You can add herbs and/or vegetables to make it even healthier and tastier, but that’s up to you! Be creative and do what you wish. I added astragalus to this broth in this post. I buy astragalus here.

And don’t worry if you just can’t quite bring yourself to use animal feet – just make broth with bones! You can even combine regular bones with the 

Ingredients

3 pounds chicken feet, or other animal feet/hooves
4 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons mineral sea salt

Directions

  • Place chicken feet in a crockpot.
  • Cover with water by 1-2 inches
  • Add vinegar, salt, and any herbs or vegetables you wish to.
  • Cover with lid.
  • Cook on low for at least 24 hours.
  • Strain out bones and use broth for soups, stews, etc.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds chicken feet (or other animal feet/hooves)
  2. 4 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place chicken feet in a crockpot.
  2. Cover with water by 1-2 inches.
  3. Add vinegar, salt, and any herbs or vegetables you wish to.
  4. Cover with lid.
  5. Cook on low for at least 24 hours.
  6. Strain out bones and use broth for soups, stews, etc.
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Have you ever made bone broth from animal feet? I’d love to hear your experience!

References

  1. #BoneBroth Benefits for Digestion, Arthritis, and Cellulite. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from https://draxe.com/the-healing-power-of-bone-broth-for-digestion-arthritis-and-cellulite/

Natural Home Remedies for Joint Pain

Natural Remedies for Joint Pain | Jills Home Remedies | Do you suffer from joint pain? Here are some natural remedies to help you find relief! Today we have a guest article by Helen of Health Ambition

Achy joints and muscles are an unfortunate part of life that we will all inevitably find ourselves dealing with at some point. As I get older, I notice that my arms and legs sometimes hurt just a little more than they did the night before whenever I flex or move them. As the years passed by, I came to realize that I was experiencing this discomfort more frequently.

Changes throughout my life had taken their tolls on my body. I no longer possess the athleticism that I did during my high school sports days, I have given birth to two children and my body has aged.

As an herbalist, I aspire to find natural remedies to aid in just about any aspect of a person’s overall health. There is usually a solution for just about any type of health condition, and joint pain is no exception. As I researched the problem more, I came to find that a couple of the most useful solutions were not concoctions, but simple lifestyle changes.

Natural Remedies for Joint Pain

Consume More Manganese and Magnesium

These two nutrients are prevalent in many of the foods that are most of us accept as being “good for you.” A manganese deficiency can result in frequent joint pain as well as other symptoms that often accompany it, namely sluggishness and fatigue. A magnesium deficiency can also result in similar signs.  

Finding food sources that are rich in these minerals does wonders for your joints, especially if you do not currently have a diagnosis of a pre-existing condition, such as arthritis. I committed to a healthier temporary diet when I noticed my joint pain acting up. Within just a few days, I almost forgot that I had been experiencing discomfort in the first place! Keep in mind, I did not get these nutrients from supplements or multivitamins. Nutrients are far more useful when they come in the form of food as opposed to supplements. Not only are they easier for your body to absorb, but it makes consuming them more enjoyable, too. 

*Note: I supplement with magnesium lotion similar to this one. Unlike pills, this form of magnesium goes right into the bloodstream. Besides eating good food sources, you may find this very beneficial if you are deficient in this mineral. It only takes a drop! -Jill

Exercise More

Exercising may seem like a difficult tip to follow if you are suffering from discomfort. However, it is important to make sure that you are keeping your body active to avoid increasing your levels of pain. You don’t have to do anything too strenuous (in fact, I would advise against it), but it is advisable to at least take a 20-minute walk once a day or so.

Daily exercise regimens will give you a chance to loosen up your joints and keep them from getting too stiff. Depending on where you are experiencing pain, you might want to try some of these exercises. These will help you alleviate discomfort while keeping off unwanted weight. Putting on excessive amounts of fat can cause more strain on your body, making mobility even more difficult for your joints.

Herbal Tea

With or without pain, I am a sucker for just about any type of herbal tea. There are various herbs and spices known to treat symptoms of arthritis and other conditions that cause bodily aches. The beautiful part about this particular method is that you can get creative with it. Brew your tea according to your tastes.

You can try any one of these herbal tea recipes for joint pain or create one of your own using a combination of these ingredients. Even though cayenne, turmeric, and honey don’t sound like they would taste that great in a cup of hot water, you may be surprised.

You can also consume 1-3 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day as it does wonders for joint pain. You can find this amazingly wonderful vinegar here. Your body will thank you for it later.

Natural Remedies for Joint Pain | Jills Home Remedies | Do you suffer from joint pain? Here are some natural remedies to help you find relief!

Turmeric Tea for Joint Pain

Ingredients

1 tsp. Turmeric (buy organic turmeric here)
1/2 tsp. Cayenne (buy organic cayenne here)
Raw Honey (buy raw honey here)
Lemon
1-2 cups water  

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Stir in turmeric and cayenne.
  3. Add honey and lemon to taste.
  4. Drink twice a day for joint pain.
Turmeric Tea for Joint Pain
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Ingredients
  1. 1-2 cups water
  2. 1 tsp. Turmeric
  3. 1/2 tsp. Cayenne
  4. Raw Honey
  5. Lemon
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Stir in turmeric and cayenne.
  3. Add honey and lemon to taste.
  4. Drink twice a day for joint pain.
Notes
  1. If the cayenne is too strong for you, use more water or less cayenne.
Adapted from Natural News
Adapted from Natural News
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Epsom Salt Baths

Remember how we discussed the usefulness of magnesium for aching joints? Well, Epsom salt is chock-full of it. Its magnesium-rich properties are why it’s one of the more popular methods of ridding yourself of joint aches. Epsom salts have multiple health benefits, but perhaps the most well-known one is its use for treating pain.

People suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even stress have benefited from bathing in a mixture of hot water and Epsom salts. Your body absorbs the magnesium through the skin, directly relieving pain from the affected areas.

To use epsom salts, add a cup of the salt to a bath of water and soak for 20 minutes. Buy epsom salts here.

Find Out what Works Best for You

Everyone’s condition varies on a case-by-case basis, even when it comes to joint pain. It may occur due to natural aging, a lack of physical activity, or joint-related diseases.

Your solution may be as simple as making some changes in your exercise and dietary routines. Even if, however, your condition is one which requires regular attention, it is still never too late to commit to any of these natural remedies.

Do you deal with joint pain? Do you have any natural remedies that work for you? 

h4 Helen is a wife, mother, and the editor at Health Ambition.