Healing Chicken Soup

“This is a staple in my freezer because it is the hands-down best instant skin and body balancer,” says The Beauty Chef founder Carla Oates.

“Chicken soup is very good for gut health, making it an
outstanding beauty food not only because it is super anti-inflammatory (which helps slow premature ageing of the skin), but its high amino acid and mineral content make it brilliant for both building and protecting collagen.

“It coats the gut lining, heals digestive complaints and is rich in the skin-loving amino acids cysteine and glycine, both needed to make the body’s own supply of the master antioxidant glutathione.

“This wonderful health and beauty booster is not only an excellent skin treat for those concerned with wrinkles, eczema, acne and psoriasis, but best of all, it is easy and inexpensive to make.

“If possible, drink a little daily with your meal or have a warm shot at breakfast. It makes a tasty stock and a nutritious addition to casseroles, stews or the base for another soup.”

2 chicken carcasses (organic)
2-3 chicken wings (organic)
Cold filtered water to cover bones
1 tbsp apple-cider vinegar (helps draw minerals from the bones)
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 brown onions
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh parsley
Ground black pepper and quality
sea salt, to taste

Boil up all the ingredients. Add more filtered water when required. Simmer for anywhere between 6-12 hours (slow cookers can be a great investment if you want to cook over a longer period). After the soup has cooled, strain. This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. Alternatively, freeze in batches.

Serves 4-6

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