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Do you remember your gran telling you as a child ‘What you really need now is a nice chicken soup. That will perk you up.’?  Well she might have been right.
In Chinese medicine, tiredness can be due to different factors. One of those is what we call ‘Blood deficiency’. Symptoms of Blood deficiency can include:
  • Tiredness
  • Being pale and pale lips
  • Dry skin and dry hair
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • A diagnosis of anaemia from your GP.
There are different ways to support the Blood and one of those is a good home-made chicken broth.

As simple as it might look, it is a really fantastic and efficient way to regain some energy. In particular, I would recommend that recipe to women who feel  tired just after their periods or if, for one reason or another, you have been feeling particularly tired for a while.





The carcass of a chicken (perhaps the one of a roast chicken), all the meat taken away.
A few chunks of carrots, onions and celery
A couple of peppercorns
1 bay leave
1 tsp of mixed dried herbs
Put the chicken in a casserole and cover with water.
Add the vegetables, the herbs and peppercorn.
Bring to the boil and then lower the temperature so that it is gently bubbling away. Cover with a lid.
Leave to boil for 8 to 12 hours.
At the end of the cooking, pour the liquid through a sieve to remove any bones, bits of vegetables etc…
That’s it! Pour it in a cup and enjoy.
Just a few more bits of advice: 

  • If you see that during the water is running low, you can add some more water during the cooking.
  • Very quickly, the liquid will become opaque. If it isn’t, it’s probably because the temperature is too low. You will need to turn to heat up a bit.
  • You can use a slow cooker as long as the temperature is high enough.
  • Or you can also ‘stop and start again’ at any point during the process, so you don’t have to spend the whole day at home!
  • Once the broth cools down, it will probably look like jelly. This is perfectly normal.
  • This broth can also be very easily used as a home-made stock and added to a soup, casserole etc…


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